A few weeks ago now I received the lovely November  gin box from Gin Explorer (read my review here), containing several rather delicious miniature bottles of gin. I was challenged to create my own ‘Christmas Cocktail’ with one of the gins – a challenge, I must admit, I was only too happy to take.

After a bit of experimentation in the kitchen using my shiny new cocktail shaker (an engagement gift) I have come up with the perfect festive drink. I call it: Gin-ger festive fizz. I must confess Paul came up with that name and I think it’s rather clever, what with the main ingredients being gin and ginger ale!

Gin-ger Gin Fizz

What you’ll need (for one drink):

  • Double measure of Herno’s gin (or gin of your choice)
  • Ginger ale
  • An orange
  • A handful of cranberries
  • A dash of orange juice
  • Ice

Equipment

I prepared this drink in a stainless steel cocktail shaker because I am a professional cocktail drinker coinesseur  and because it’s great for getting a good mix of flavours, but it’s by no means essential. The drink could just be thoroughly muddled in a glass instead.

Method

  1. Middle fresh cranberries, a few ribbons of orange and a teaspoon of sugar in the cocktail shaker.

2.  Add a 1 cup of ice, 1 tbsp of orange juice and a double measure of gin.

3. Shake well for 30 seconds.

4. Pour into a tumbler.

5. Top up with ginger ale.

6. Garnish and make it look pretty with some cranberries and a cocktail stick.

7. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! Let me know if you give it a go!

Love from,

Hands up if you love gin! Everyone?? Yep, I thought so. Gin is IN. It is the now drink. It’s become the high fashion, go-to choice which screams sophistication. Plus, it’s a lot less calorific and fattening than other tipples like wine or prosecco. Hello gin.

So, when Gin Explorer got in touch with me and asked me to review their November box of their monthly gin subscription service I was only too happy to oblige. I am by no means a gin expert, but I drink gin so I feel I am well placed to review a box of delicious gins from around the world.

So what is it?

Gin Explorer is a monthly subscription service which delivers 4 gin miniatures from around the world. The box is beautifully presented and each month includes 4 delicious, hand-picked bottles of gin for the lucky customer to sample. In addition; you get interesting information about your gins including where they come from and how they’re made. In my November box I also received some cucumber tonic and some nibbles.

I get it. A monthly subscription for alcohol does seem a bit luxurious and something that the rich and famous would indulge in! However, I’ve been doing my sums and if you enjoy a social drink at home with friends or partners then this could actually work out cheaper than purchasing your booze ad hoc. Also, it’s much more sociable and fun to try a variety of gins with your friends than to just settle down with a bottle of Gordons for the night. Just saying.

There are several ways to pay for this subscription. You can pay monthly; which costs £24.99 inc. delivery, or you can save money by paying upfront for 3 months (£69.99) or even a whole year (£279.99).

 In my box I received 4 gins which were all seriously yummy; Herni Gin, Leeds Gin, a rhubarb and custard flavoured gin and Thompsons Grape Gin. My favourite was the Grape gin.

This would be an amazing Christmas gift for the gin lover in your life, or equally a little naughty treat for yourself. How exciting to have a surprise delivery of mini gins every month, come on??

Visit the Gin Explorer website to find out more here.