Sarah’s Winter Warmer Cocktail:
I was set a challenge by 31 Dover to come up with a gin based cocktail for these colder nights. 31 Dover are an online drinks retailer with an extensive range, promising next day delivery.
In the summer I love a gin and tonic made with a gin without overly strong botanicals (a favourite for this is Harris), or enjoy a Henricks with some cucumber for a refreshing change, but now that we have these long dark and cold evenings they just don’t appeal.
There seems to have been a revolution in gin making in recent years, with many new brands coming onto the market, some designed to be drunk with mixers and some that contain such a rich variety of botanicals that they are delicious served chilled and neat. I hadn’t seen The Botanist gin from Islay before, a place more renowned for its whisky production, so this was an opportunity to try it both neat and made into a cocktail.
I’m not a fan of sweet cocktails, and a lot of the punch type ones like mulled wine, just don’t do it for me. Instead I went for a chilled cocktail where the ingredients gave the warm glow that I was after.
1 ounce medium dry sherry
2 ounces Islay gin
Splash of Campari
Few drops of Angostura Bitters
Put some ice into your shaker, add all the ingredients, give it a good shake,
and serve in a pretty martini glass.
This certainly hit the spot, the sherry and the bitters added warmth and I could certainly feel a glow!
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