3rd December 2018
Merry mixology for a very Kent Christmas
It’s time to eat, drink and be merry – ‘drink’ being the operative word with these local seasonal cocktails!
There are all sorts of reasons we get excited about Christmas here at K&Q: Family, presents, music and tree are, naturally, all par for the course, but it’s the food and drink that really gets us in the festive spirit – in more ways than one.
Alongside the turkey and trimmings, we love the creative seasonal spins that can be put on winter cocktails. Mulled wine, eggnog and Buck’s fizz are all well and good to knock back at Noel, but the variety of concoctions to whip up using gins, rums, whiskies and vodkas is full of potential.
Mixology is big business these days, and a hugely popular pursuit among passionate foodies and avid gourmets. From the ever-popular Espresso Martini, to the classic Pornstar or Sex on the Beach, inspired infusions have been popping up or making a comeback left, right and centre where we live.
Fortunately, Kent’s reputation as the Garden of England includes a wide range of regional distilleries, all of which are putting the county on the mixologist map. Anno Distillers in Marden, Pipehouse Gin in Tunbridge Wells, Greensand Ridge Distillery in Shipbourne and Ableforth’s in Tonbridge are just a few of the botanical landmarks we have on our doorstep.
This year, they’re all embracing the holidays with a selection of serves that are sure to be the centrepiece of your next dinner party or drinks reception. If you’re stumped for ideas and looking for a little inspiration, read on to find out how you can make them yourself at home…
Pipehouse Gin’s Spiced Apple Cocktail
Make a cup of apple and cinnamon tea (but only fill the cup 2/3 full of water). After 2 minutes, remove the teabag and add the tea in a saucepan. Add the juice and cinnamon stick, and heat over a low heat to warm the juice. Once warm, add the shot of gin, then stir and pour into a small tumbler glass. Garnish with a slice of apple and star anise.
Anno Distillers’ Sloe Martini
50ml Anno Sloe Gin
Dash of dry vermouth
Dash of sweet vermouth
Shake the ingredients together with ice and strain. Serve in a chilled martini glass and garnish with an orange slice.
Ableforth’s Christmas Mulled Cup
Pair with sparkling wine/Prosecco
Garnish with orange zest
Easy – Mulled Wine
Heat 75ml of Ableforth’s Christmas Mulled Cup with one 750ml bottle of good, fruity red wine and 60g of sugar (or more to taste). Serve in a goblet or wine glass and garnish with orange slices.
Less easy – Kir Noel
10ml Ableforth’s Christmas Mulled Cup – top with Prosecco and garnish with red berries.
Greensand Ridge Distillery’s Winter Bramble
The addition of port to this classic summer gin cocktail takes it to a whole new season
50ml Greensand Ridge Dry Gin
25ml lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
10ml crème de mure
Combine the gin, lemon and syrup in a shaker with some ice, shake well, and pour into a lowball glass filled with crushed ice. Combine the port and liqueur and add gently, allowing it to bleed through the ice. Garnish with a fresh bay leaf and berries.