Christmas means stress, frantic shopping, indulgence and general craziness. All of which, apart from the indulgence part, can be super stressful. There is one foolproof way to ease all the festive season madness and that’s with gin! That’s why I wanted to share a few Christmas themed ways to enjoy gin! Easy, simple but warm and cosy, something that will be perfect for Saturdays curled up on the front of a film with your partner and kids, Sundays with the family before a big roast (or Christmas dinner) or indeed a cheeky mid-week tipple to warm the cockles.
Mulled Apple & Gin
This recipe is wonderfully delicious and instantly brings a blush to your cheeks and a smile to your face!
– Sugar syrup
– Apple Juice
Method:Add to a saucepan a mug per person of Apple Juice. Depending on how sweet the apple juice is, add some sugar syrup to taste. Then add in a measure of gin per person. Bring to a simmer for no longer than 10 minutes. Serve in a cup and saucer and garnish with a slice of apple.
A Hot Lemon, Thyme and Honey Soother
– Lemon Juice and peel
Place a measure of gin per person in a saucepan, add in a tablespoon of honey per measure of gin, add in a sprig of Thyme, a few slices of lemon peel and the lemon juice and a cup of water per serving of gin. Then let the liquid simmer until nice a warm. Strain the mixture to catch any stray lemon seeds and serve in a cup and saucer, along with a little a garnish to fresh lemon peel and a sprig of Thyme.
Perfect Winter Warmer – Spiced Cider & Gin
– Sugar Syrup
This is a little American meets British autumn (or fall) collaboration. Place a cup of cider per person in a pan. Pour in a measure of gin per person. Add in a couple of cinnamon sticks, a couple of cloves, a couple of tablespoons of sugar syrup and a cup of water. Let this all come to simmer. Serve in a tumbler and garnish with a cinnamon stick, sit yourself down, sit back and relax.
There you have it, I hope you enjoy sampling the recipes, being experimental and trying new recipes for yourself. Let me know how you get on in the comments section below.
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