Style: Dry Gin
Look, we understand Christmas is stressful. Not only to do have to figure out what each one of your friends and family members want to find wrapped up under the tree, but you actually have to get that tree too, as well as a festive medley of other gubbins that "Christmas wouldn't be the same without", according to whoever you're celebrating the holiday with. Wouldn't it be handy if all of those things could be found within one small vessel? Well, we've made that possible with Yuletide Gin! Y'see, what we've done here is distilled Christmas. We make this jolly tipple using a host of traditionally festive botanicals, as well as ingredients that are traditionally festive though not traditionally botanicals. Here's the list - Juniper, Cassia, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Raisins, Medjool Dates, Cloves, Allspice, Clementine, Cardamom, Ginger, Whole Pomanders (oranges studded with cloves), Christmas Tree Needles (Balsam & Douglas Fir), Christmas Cake, Charred oak, Chestnuts, Christmas puddings, A big pile of chocolate truffles, Lebkuchen (German Christmas cookies), Mince pies, Panettone, A whole gingerbread house, Frankincense and Myrrh - we then popped some edible gold flakes into the mix to give a snow-globe quality. Basically, everything that you love about Christmas has been crammed into our Yuletide Gin (apart from Castle Greyskull - despite being the must-have Christmas toy of everyone's childhood, its distillate isn't particularly tasty). Ho ho ho, and all that jazz.
Nose: Initial notes of Christmas pudding - plump and juicy - burst forth from the glass: succulent raisin, cassia, cinnamon and gingerbread. Gradually, the character of a well-stocked biscuit barrel comes through with buttery shortbread and oatmeal cookies. Then there’s amaretto, flaked almonds, cardamom and candied peel, all before a touch of Christmas tree to close.
Taste: Plump and jammy clementine with a sprinkle of toasted spice, accompanied by a festive medley of fruity, spicy Christmas confectionery: from mince pies to buttery panettone and everything in-between. A definite note of Christmas tree follows, with a floral splash reminiscent of the incense of Midnight Mass.
Finish: Candied citrus, glacé cherries, Turkish delight and toasted pine cone.
Yuletide Gin & Tonic:
50ml Yuletide Gin
150ml Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic
You'll want to use Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic and garnish with a few juicy pomegranate seeds.
White Christmas Negroni:
25ml Yuletide Gin
25ml White Vermouth
25ml Luxardo Bitter Branco
Build over ice and stir to chill. Garnish with clove studded orange wedge. Can also be batched into a pitcher to do as a group serve.
500ml Yuletide Gin
500ml White Port
1000ml Sparkling Apple Juice
250ml fresh lemon juice
500ml chai syrup
Add everything to punch bowl with large ice cubes (to make a chai syrup, brew six chai tea bags in 2.5 cups of water for three minutes, add 0.5 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved, then chill). Garnish with clove studded lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, and apple slices.