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Warm gin cocktails for cold weather

Winter is coming! Stay cosy on these chilly nights with 4 gorgeously warming gin cocktails.

The clocks are going back and the weather's getting icy. It’s time to start wrapping up and getting snuggled in under a blanket. These easy, mouth-wateringly good winter warmers, will help you keep out the cold. There’s 4 delicious drinks, try 1, try all 4 and keep toasty warm all the way through to spring.

HOT CHOCOLATE ORANGE
This is a thing of beauty if we do say so ourselves, you have got to try this Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a cocktail.

2 parts* Vanilla Jenever - we think Braeckman Vanilla Jenever is perfect.
4 parts Hot Chocolate
½ part - 1 part Orange Syrup (depending on how sweet you want to go)
Whipped cream to top

Directions
Make a cup of your favourite hot chocolate, then blend in the vanilla jenever with a splash of orange syrup and stir thoroughly. Top with whipped cream and maybe even a few marshmallows, for a gloriously decadent drink.

HOT LONDON CUP
If you’ve never tried a gin summer cup where have you been?! Think Pimms but even more fruity and refreshing. Get that summer feeling back with this hot, fruity treat that’s full of zest.

2 parts* Summer Cup Gin - we recommend Sipsmith London Cup.
4 parts Boiling Water
Garnish with a Clove-studded Orange Wheel

Directions
Pour your Summer Cup Gin into a mug. Top with the boiling water and press a few cloves into a slice of orange to garnish, ta da!

GIN SKIN
Hot water, cloves and a dash of honey sounds a lot like a Hot Toddy. Except this is better, it has gin in it! Lovely, warming and comforting and thanks to the use of gin, it’s light and aromatic too.

2 parts* Dry Gin - Premium Harrogate Gin works very well.
2-3 parts Lemon Juice
4 parts Boiling Water
1 part Honey
3 Cloves
Garnish with a Lemon Wedge and Cinnamon Stick

Directions
Add the gin, a spoonful of honey, cloves and lemon juice to a cup. Top with boiling water and stir until the honey has fully dissolved. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a cinnamon stick, mmmmmm.

MULLED GIN
If you’ve ever enjoyed a mulled drink at an Oktoberfest or Christmas Market, you have got to try this Queen of the mulled world! With all the fruity goodness of gin liqueur plus cinnamon, lemon and apples, it’s perfection in a steaming hot glass.

2 parts gin* - Edinburgh Gin Plum and Vanilla Liqueur is ideal with its rich plum and creamy vanilla flavour.
4 parts Apple Juice
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 part Orange Bitters (optional)
1 Sliced Orange

Directions
Combine the apple juice, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks and orange bitters in the pan. Allow to simmer (never boil - the alcohol will evaporate if it boils), add the orange slices and gin liqueur, then stir and that is all there is to it!

Now all you need to do is invite your best gin buddies round, curl up, get cosy and enjoy your winter warmers.

*Parts made simple. Just stick to the ratios, so if you are making a jug ¼ of the jug could be 1 part, ½ the jug 2 parts. For 1 cocktail, 1 part would be approx 25ml, if you are making 2 cocktails, 1 part would be approx 50ml and so on - experiment and give it a try.

Warm gin cocktails for cold weather

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