It's Christmas and time for parties, drinks with friends and family and an excuse to teat ourselves or to go that extra mile to impress. So what are you going to serve up in order to give you and your guests that 'Merry' Christmas feeling?
Cocktails can be delicious, but require ingredients that you only use once in a blue moon and sit in the cupboard untouched for years on end. A gin and tonic is a classic, however we have some ideas of how you can make your gin and tonics that extra special with a Christmas twist.
1. Mulled Sloe Gin
In a saucepan place some orange peel,, a cinnamon stick, 5 cloves and a star anise. Add 25ml of Foxdenton Estate Sloe Gin (4 servings). Place the pan on a low heat and warm gently for a few minutes, until the liquid is warm, but not boiling. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
2. Ophir Oriental Spiced with Walter Gregor's Spiced Tonic Water
Serve in an Ice and a Slice balloon glass with a mountain for ice, a wedge of orange and a slice of root ginger.
3. Christmas Royale
Take your favourite fruit gin such as Damson or Sloe. In the bottom of a Champagne flute add 2ml of your fruit gin of choice. Then top with your favourite chilled Champagne or Prosecco.
4. Nelson's Christmas Baubles with Cranberry Tonic
Take a Nelson's Christmas bauble from your tree and tip the contents into an Ice and a Slice Stemless glass. Add a generous amount of ice and some Double Dutch Cranberry and ginger tonic water to taste. Garnish with some cranberries. Make sure you stir it well so that it sparkles!
5. Brockmans and Ginger Ale
For something a little bit fruity. Place a measure of Brockmans gin into an Ice and a Slice hiball glass. Add some Fever Tree ginger ale, a good handful of ice and garnish with some blackberries and cranberries.
6. Winter Warming Hendricks
In a heat proof glass or mug, add a measure of Hendricks gin, a dash of elderflower cordial and top up with warm to hot water from the kettle - keeps you warm on a cold winters night!