Rock Rose Gin is a Scottish gin made from local botanicals which makes it really tasty and authentic - and they have brought out seasonal editions, each with hints of ingredients which remind us about the season they're themed after. Their Autumn Edition* has a lower lever of citrus, and more berry and spice flavours. Along with the local botanicals which include juniper berries, rowan berries, sea buckthorn, and rhodiola rosea, this blend also has blackberries and raspberries from Caithness Summer Fruits and blaeberries from the Dunnet area.
My usual tipple is wine, and I rarely stray from my favourite glass of Sauvignon in the summer and
Shiraz Cabernet Malbec during the Winter, but I do love a nice G&T. Inspired by the spiced Autumnal flavours, I created a yummy Winter hot gin cocktail to enjoy during the festive season - it's super quick and easy to make!
Ingredients (makes 2 cups):
- 100ml Rock Rose Gin
- 2 tbsp honey
- 4 cloves
- 1 x cinnamon stick
- 1 x lemon
- 300ml hot water
I found that using a thermos was the easiest way to mix this cocktail as it keeps it warm and is easy to shake up: throw in the spices, honey and gin then top up with hot water. Put in some lemon zest for a really zingy flavour to stew, as well as the juice of half a lemon.
Leave to stew in the thermos for 10 minutes, then strain and serve in heat resistant glasses - or mugs! I strain the cocktail because the spices can sometimes chip off and a mouthful of clove is a little too much to handle! Decorate with a cinnamon stick and enjoy responsibly, with a festive biscuit.
I really enjoyed this spiced Winter gin cocktail - it's festive, sweet and zesty at the same time. Although, I have to say that I did get a little bit giggly after just one cup! Perfect for an Autumn/Winter picnic - don't be put off by the cold weather, you can enjoy a delicious and cosy picnic any time of the year! Read my post on how to set up a Winter alfresco lunch, or how to enjoy a Winter picnic in the woods!
To find out more about Rock Rose Gin and to purchase a seasonal bottle, visit Dunnet Bay Distillers.