You may have noticed, but we’re slightly obsessed with British gin – we’d even go as far to say we’d pick a great G&T over a glass of fizz on occasion – and have already sang much praise about some delicious artisan gins available today. However, with Christmas looming and the party season fully upon us, we were scratching our heads on how to make our favourite spirit a little more festive. So, with the help of the newfound spirit alchemists from Chilgrove Gin, we bring you the Gin Mulled Wine.
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Gin would perhaps not be the first spirit to come to mind in a mulled concoction, as the delicate flavours of the botanicals are in danger of becoming lost. However the clever chaps at Chilgrove Gin don’t rely as heavily on herbal assistance to flavour their drink. Launched earlier this year, Chilgrove is unique in that they distil their spirit from grapes rather than grains, resulting in an elegant and balanced gin that lends itself well to the wine and spices in this recipe. The end product? A deliciously warming mulled wine filled with the classic fruit and spices that give us all that Christmassy feeling – but laced with a sophisticated gin kick. Perfect for giving a modern edge to your Christmas cocktail repertoire this year.
150ml of Chilgrove Dry Gin
2 bottles of red wine (a good Rioja works well)
1 handful of juniper berries
1 handful of cloves
4 large cinnamon sticks
3 lemons (sliced)
3 oranges (sliced)
450ml of water
200g of caster sugar
CHILGROVE GIN MULLED WINE RECIPE
- In a large cauldron, dissolve the sugar in the water, add the cloves and cinnamon and bring to the boil for 60 seconds.
- Take off the boil and add the juniper berries, fruit and red wine and keep on a low heat – it’s important to make sure you don’t let the liquid boil again as this will ruin your mulled masterpiece.
- Keep on a low heat for 30 minutes before straining through a sieve.
- Add the Chilgrove Gin and stir well.
- Garnish glasses with a half-slice of orange and serve hot.
To find our more about Chilgrove Gin and their gin recipes, take a look at their website.