Warm gin drinks to stave off winter chills
Author: Elisa De Luca
With Christmas approaching, our spirits experts have concocted two delicious warm gin drinks to toast the festive season with – both crafted using our No.3 London Dry Gin.
Rich in juniper berries, citrus and sweet spice flavours, our No.3 London Dry Gin is a firm favourite for all seasons. It began its life in 2008, when our former Chairman Simon Berry set our Spirits team the challenge of creating “the world’s best gin”.
As you might imagine, this was no easy feat. Finding an optimum combination of simplicity, balance and quality was a painstaking task, and one that took experts over two years to achieve. But their efforts weren’t in vain: No.3 Gin launched to great success, having since won top awards four times at the International Spirits Challenges. Today, it’s enjoyed by many – either in a classic G&T, or blended into cocktails.
Whilst we hold a special place in our hearts for a No.3 Gin served with tonic, these cold days and long nights call for something a little more rich and revitalising. At this time of year, winter warmers like hot gins and cocktails are always welcome, and a hint of mulling spice never goes amiss.
We have brought together two tried-and-tested warm gin drinks below: both made with No.3 Gin, and each a wonderful alternative to mulled wine or cider.
- 30ml No.3 Gin
- 20ml The King’s Ginger Liqueur
- 150ml cranberry juice
- Mulling spices
Add the cranberry juice and mulled wine spices to a saucepan, and let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes. Pour The King’s Ginger and the No.3 into a heat-proof cup. Then, add the mulled cranberry juice, and garnish with an orange slice and cinnamon stick.
- 50ml No.3 Gin
- 150ml cloudy apple juice
- 1 star anise
- 3 cardamom pods
- 1 lemon
Lightly toast the star anise and cardamom pods in a pan. Add the apple juice, and the juice of half the lemon. Next, grate a thumb-sized piece of ginger into the mix. Simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes (do not let it boil). Add the No.3 Gin to a heat-proof cup, and top up with the mulled apple juice. Garnish with an apple fan.