We know you will want to treat your fabulous Mum to her favourite gin at Hogarths this Mothers Day (This Sunday 31st March). Are you wondering what you can present to your Mum as a gift, one she’ll truly love? Well here at Hogarths we have come up with a scrumptious, gin truffles recipe to really make your mums mouth water. 

Our truffle recipe allows you to add your favourite gin to create Mums favourite things in life; chocolate and gin. What more could be perfect? These truffles are easy to make and gorgeous to taste.

What You Will Need

340ml whipping cream, whipped

50 ml of your favourite gin. For extra chocolate flavour use ELY Gin with Dark Chocolate

225g high quality dark chocolate

170g high quality dark chocolate, shaved or very finely chopped

How We Made Them

  1. Melt the dark chocolate 
  2. In the bowl of melted chocolate, slowly pour the whipped cream, and gently fold to incorporate the chocolate until the mixture is all combined.
  3. Add the 50 ml ELY Gin to the mixture
  4. Pour yourself a huge Gin and Tonic (you deserve it)
  5. Put the shaved chocolate in a shallow tray to get ready for dredging. (alternatively use cocoa powder.)
  6. Drop one tablespoon of the whipped cream-chocolate mixture into the shaved chocolate and coat in the chocolate shavings. 
  7. Once it is lightly coated, gently roll between your hands to shape the truffle into a ball. Set aside and repeat until all of the truffles have been rolled.
  8. Refrigerate the chocolate truffles for a minimum of four to six hours before serving. The truffles can also be stored and served direct from the freezer for a surprising and decadent treat.

We advise as the truffles are refrigerating to grab a bottle of your favourite gin, its perfect serve tonic and drink yourself merry whilst waiting for your wonderful truffles to cool. 

So no matter what plans you have this weekend, get yourself into the kitchen and create some of these delicious dark chocolate truffles and gift them to your Mum. Then head to your favourite gin palace and enjoy a well deserved Hogarths perfect serve (or 2)

With only 2 points separating Wales, England and Ireland from claiming the cup – it’s no wonder that many of us will have our eyes glued to the screens this wonderful weekend. 

The welsh dragons are one game away from claiming the championship but will playing the mighty Ireland on home soil prove to be an easy win or a well-underestimated battle for the title? We cannot wait to find out!

England face Scotland which is predicted to be unchallengeable for Owen Farrell and the boys but like all amazing championships, it isn’t over until the final whistle blows. What promises to be a weekend of highs and lows for the British Isles, at Hogarths no matter what the result – we promise you will have a superb weekend in your favourite gin palace. 

We have everything set for a weekend of amazing rugby and St Patrick’s celebrations and to pay homage to the superb sponsorship stout that is “Guinness”  – have a fantastic prize draw.

During the Six Nations tournament this weekend – every time you purchase a pint of the amazing Irish brew, you will be entered into a prize draw for a 2 night stay in Dublin. The draw will take place during the Six Nations final Saturday 16th March.

All you need to do is buy a pint. It’s that simple. With St Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, and the entire of Ireland crossing their fingers for their result against Wales, can the luck of St Paddy pull a win in Ireland’s direction and give you the chance to have a wonderful weekend in a land of green and glory. Get yourself a pint of Guinness and give yourself a chance of a trip of a lifetime.

So grab your flags, grab your friends, family or whoever you can drag this weekend and come and watch this amazing sport which promises to be nail biting from start to finish. And remember…purchase a pint of glorious Guinness to stand a chance to win that amazing stay in Dublin. 

With Spring just a few moments away, March not only marks the month of celebrating fresh starts but it also harbours one of the most festive events in the Irish calendar…its St Patrick’s Day. The Guinness is pouring, the Irish tricolour will be hung and most definitely the whiskey will be flowing. This weekend Hogarths will be hosting some fantastic St Paddy’s events that you will certainly remember. 

But why is St Patrick’s Day so popular?

St Patrick’s Day is an annual globalcelebration of Irish culture which falls every year on the 17th March. Originally it was a day to remember St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland in the fifth century and actually didn’t drink alcohol. Now, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated across the globe, especially within Irish communities and organisations – but for those of us who aren’t Irish – we don our ginger beards, shamrock hats, cover ourselves in green and become Irish for the day to raise a glass to St Patrick. 

The World of Wonderful Whiskey

Of course, it is impossible to mention St Patrick’s Day without paying homage to one of the greatest whiskeys of Irish heritage Jameson. As Ireland’s No1 whiskey, Jameson’s has delighted the taste buds of whiskey drinkers for many many years. But did you know… St Patricks Day is the 2ndbiggest Jameson consumption occasion outside of Christmas and no matter what Hogarths you visit this weekend, you will be able to grab a glass of this wonderful whiskey…however you like it! 

This St. Patricks Day try the Jameson fantastic ‘Hero Serve’ to pay respects to Ireland’s classic whiskey. The ‘Hero Serve’contains a good serve of Jameson’s whiskey, ginger ale and lime. This serve is the perfect way to jazz up the classic whiskey and for those of you who are not tempted by a Jameson’s on the rocks, grab our ‘Hero Serve’ and start your love of this superb Irish spirit. 

So no matter what you are doing this weekend, grab your family, grab your friends and head to your local Hogarths to grab yourself your favourite gin or tempt your taste buds with the “Hero Serve” but if there is one thing to remember this weekend it is.. St Paddy’s Day is a day to make stories, not plans. 

Days are getting brighter, temperatures are rising and with the help of the zealous minds of Zymurgorium there is now a drink that will definitely liven up those warm spring evenings and put you right in the heart of your favourite beach destination. 

Say ALOHA to their newest and most fabulous creation of 2019…FLAGINGO GIN.

Inspired by the gorgeous rose birds that carry its name, this exotic and funky gin will definitely be strutting its stuff across our gin palaces. Infused with the flavours of the Caribbean such as Mango, Pineapple and Passionfruit, this tutti frutti pink gin packs a pretty impressive punch at 38% ABV and we believe will be a hit for our drinks terraces and the perfect tipple for any afternoon you want to brighten.  

The History of the Brand

Zymurgorium have tantalised our taste buds since their appearance in 2013. Mastered by the genius mind of Aaron Darke. The ‘Big Cheese’ at this artisan distillery in the heart of Manchester began his journey by brewing for his university friends where he studied microbiology. He combined his love of botanics and science and embarked on his adventures with Darke Crafts in 2012 – set up in his mother’s shed. Soon business was booming and the before long the brand ‘Zymurgorium’ as we know it was born. 

But where does the name come from? 

With such vibrant and zany creations, it is no wonder that Darke had to come up with a name that epitomised everything that the brand stood for. Amalgamated from the words “Zymurgy” (the study of brewing) and “Emporium”being a store that sells a mass array of goods and trinkets thus the name was brand was born and has continued to wow ever since. 

Since 2013, Aaron and the brand have released hit after hit, with the likes of their Parma Violet gin creating a new gin loving phenomenon across Britain. And don’t forget, Hogarths created the Parma Violet Perfect Serve. It would be hard to find any gin loving individual or gin virgin that has not heard of any of the Zymurgorium creations. So with the ever rising popularity of fabulous gin based liqueurs, we have no doubt here at Hogarths that FLAGINGO will be flying off the shelves! 

Priced at £16.50 for a 50cl bottle from http://zymurgorium.com/product/flagingo-pink-gin/

At Hogarths our recommend perfect serve for this Caribbean inspired creation is:

Plenty of ice, Schweppes Tonic or Schweppes Lemonade (depending how much of a sweet tooth you have) and garnished with Pineapple and Blueberries. 

So if FLAGINGO gin takes your fancy – or if you’re new to gin and want to try something that has a little more flavour than your average G&T – come along to Hogarths and get FLAGINGOing this spring! 

For many of us, January seemed liked the longest month on record, February went in a flash and now spring is soon on our doorsteps. Supermarket aisles have filled with Easter eggs, bunnies and chicks are taking over shelves and the war over finding the glorified “white crème egg” has begun. But before we divulge into a weekend of scoffing our faces with more chocolate than we can handle, there is an important day in our calendar. 

It’s that time where the nation grabs their flour, eggs and frying pans and heads into the kitchen racking up a delicious heap of our favourite spring staple – The Pancake.

We have hunted down the best gin flavours to add to your pancakes:

Boozy Berries – Soak your favourite berries in your favourite gin for a good 24 hours and spread them across your pancake.


Gin Jam – Always one of our “go to’s” Gin Jam uses the left over raspberries which form Pinkster Gin and make a delicious jam, easy to spread over your pancake.

Marks & Spencer Lemon Gin & Tonic Sauce – New to the shelves this year M&S have brought out a classic partner for any pancake lover. “A tart and tangy sauce full of classic, punchy flavour and made with 4% gin”

We have also found a recipe to make your Pancake Day as perfect as possible, not only will it delight your tastebuds it will even keep your waistline at bay. As you know, we love sharing recipes based on the Slimming World lifestyle plan and our Pancake recipe is no different. Using up your Healthy Extra B, this recipe is fun, filling and absolutely flippin’ tasty. 

What you need:

40g Porridge Oats (blitzed or unblitzed)

50ml Skimmed Milk 

1 medium egg

(Makes approx 8 mini pancakes)

Method:

  1. If you would like a smooth set of pancakes, blitz your oats in a food processor until a powdery mixture is created. 
  2. Measure out 50 ml of milk and combine with your oats and skimmed milk – this should produce a thick mixture
  3. Heat up frylight in a frying pan and gently pour rounds of the mixture into your frying pan. 
  4. When the mixture looks to be moveable (this should be after 1.5 minutes), flip the pancakes and cook the other side. 
  5. Stack up and serve with berries, Greek yogurt or for an indulgent treat – Nutella/peanut butter. 

Have your frying pans at the ready because on the 5thMarch 2019 – we hope you have an absolutely flippin fantastic day.