Elderflower G&T Ice pops – taste as good as they sound!

Days are getting longer, temperatures soaring and us Brits are eagerly anticipating a great summer. It goes without saying summer is right around the corner and here at Hogarths we love to share ideas to keep your taste buds tingling.  

As you know, we adore gin. Whether it be a classic London dry or a fruity favourite – everything that has evolved from the simple G&T is just magic, magic magic. So with some hocus pocus, a pinch of alcazam and a whole heap of abracadabra – you can rustle up so amazing Gin based treats that will keep your gincredible thirst quenched no matter what the weather brings – it is Britain after all. 

We ask you – is there anything better than kicking off your shoes, lying back in the garden waiting for the BBQ to fire up and tempting your taste buds with a delicious ice lolly to cool you down in the sizzling sun. Well if you’re feeling hot, hot, hot – have a go at recreating this amazing G&T ice pop recipe for those quiet nights in the garden or wow your friends at the next BBQ with these amazing treats. 

To make these ice pops sound even more tempting – courtesy of the brilliant brains at ‘Pinch of Nom’ these G&T popsicles at just a measly 1.5 syns each – you can enjoy your favourite G&T without worrying about your next weigh in. All you need is your favourite gin, a perfect tonic, some lolly moulds (available on Amazon) and some friends to enjoy them with – if you’re feeling ginerous. 

What you need:

50 ml Gin (For 6 syns) you can use more. We used Sipsmith.

200 ml Low calorie tonic (We recommend Fever tree)

50 ml Teisseire 0% Elderflower Squash (or any squash at 0% sugar)

What to do:

Step 1

Pour a G&T – just to keep you going until these pops are ready.

Step 2

Mix all the liquids in a jug. Fill 4 Popsicle mounds until they are 3/4 full. It is important not to overfill them as they will expand in volume when frozen.

Step 3

Freeze for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.

Pour another G&T whilst waiting for your popsicles to freeze

Once frozen – enjoy straight from the freezer

The blissful sunshine of summer has been shining this week. Making you want to grab family and friends and head to your nearest Hogarths and enjoy your favourite G&T in the wonderful weather. 

As you know, here at Hogarths, we adore all things gintastic. Whether it be a classic London Dry or scrumptiously sweet gin liqueur – your number one gin palace has enough glorious gin to keep your taste buds tingling all the way through this upcoming sizzling summer. Over the years, the Great British fascination with Gin has boomed and boomed and with the introduction of more iconic gins on our shelves it is no wonder that gin sales are going up and up. But those of you who are still yet to dip your tipple toe into the pool of gin – we have comprised a list of the definite top 3 gins brand to get your hands on this month:

Malfy

This Italian stallion of Gin brands captures the essence of a perfect G&T moment: sitting on a sunny terrace, enjoying the view with your nearest and dearest. Their range of spectacular spirits featuring Original, Lemon, Pink Grapefruit and Blood Orange – Malfy gin embodies the Italian spirit of enjoying the mundane and “Dolce far niente”: the sweet art of doing nothing.

Sipsmith

Every bottle of Sipsmith is hand-crafted in genuinely small batches. Every drop of every single batch is lovingly laboured over by hand, by dedicated Distillers. Hogarths proudly serve their famous London Dry and the ever-so scrumptious, good-enough-for-Mr Kipling Lemon Drizzle Gin. Both have a heartiness of citrus and promises to delight all gin fans, young and old, when served perfectly with Fevertree Tonic over ice. W

Puerto De Indiasis

Puerto de Indiasis a Premium Gin manufactured in the sunny Seville region in one of the oldest distilleries in the province of Andalusia. Its name derives from the discovery of the Americas during the time in which Seville was becoming a huge trading port between Spain and the New world.

Their scrumptiously sumptuous Strawberry Gin so succulent its good enough to eat. With notes of fresh strawberry and juniper, this 37.5% ABV gin offers a wonderfully whimsical summer sensation that is perfectly paired with Schweppes Lemonade for a juicy and delightful tipple.

So with the dawn of Summer just around the corner, come and pay us a visit and get your hands on one of these amazing Gins served perfectly – just as it deserves to be. 

With Easter weekend here and temperatures set to sore, at Hogarths we want to welcome the warmer weather with open arms and introduce a gin that will definitely be a summer staple. Puerto de Indias.

 Gin Glorious Gin

With years of expert distillery under their belts, the brains of Puerto de Indias have produced a triage of glorious gins that will definitely put the fierce in your fiesta.

  1. Their Classic gin has a hearty body with a citrus twist. At 40% ABV, this Sevillian beauty emphasises Spanish flavours macerating flavours of lime, grapefruit and orange to create a clean and crisp gin perfectly paired with a Mediterranean Tonic.  
  2. Next up, their scrumptiously sumptuous Strawberry Gin so succulent its good enough to eat. With notes of fresh strawberry and juniper, this 37.5% ABV gin offers a wonderfully whimsical summer sensation that is perfectly paired with Schweppes Lemonade for a juicy and delightful tipple.
  3. Finally, their Pure Black Edition is inspired by Andalusian Springs and promises a symphony of floral delight such as orange, lemon and orange blossom and with a 40% ABV – this pure edition gin is one for all you classic G&T lovers out there. 

What’s In The name?

Puerto de Indiasis a Premium Gin manufactured in the sunny Seville region in one of the oldest distilleries in the province of Andalusia. Its name derives from the discovery of the Americas during the time in which Seville was becoming a huge trading port between Spain and the New world. With the literal translation being “Indian Ports”, it’s clear that the creation of this brand wanted to focus heavily on the significance of sharing brilliant new flavours and ideas around the world. 

History

Dating back to the 1800s, Puerto de Indias’ distillery history emerged when an immigrant carrying the name Izaguirre travelled to Carmona when fleeing the war. He settled on the land, that now houses the distillery, and decided to begin creating a series of spirits using traditional copper methods. Throughout time, these facilities have witnessed the birth of wonderful products such as anisette, Pacharan and most recently three glorious types of gin: Strawberry, Classic and Pure Black Edition. 

So with three gorgeous gins to choose from and Hogarths stocking their scrumptious Strawberry edition, come along to your nearest glorious gin palace to try the gin that most definitely will be a summer staple these upcoming mouth-watering months. 

Supermarkets are laden with Crème Eggs, Easter Chicks and Bunnies are filling the shelves and there are enough chocolate eggs down the aisles to last us through an Apocalypse. So with the likes of Nestle, Cadbury’s and Mars tempting our taste buds with wonderfully elegant and appealing Easter Eggs – we have our own list of eggstravagent Easter Eggs with a glorious gin twist. 

  1. Zymurgorium/Slattery Pink Easter Eggs

The brains of Manchester based companies Zymurgorium and chocolatier ‘Slattery’s’ have teamed up to produce these stunning pink Easter Eggs that are definitely going to be flying off the shelves. With a choice of Zymugorium’s Unicorn Gin Liqueur or their amazing new Flagingo Gin, these perfectly pink eggs contain Slattery’s wonderful white sparkled chocolate and 50ml of your chosen gin and are a must-have this Easter. Grab yours from Slattery’s in Manchester for £49 for Unicorn Gin and £59 for the Flagingo gin. 


2. Edinburgh Easter Egg

With a choice of two wonderful Easter Eggs, Edinburgh Gin and John Lewis have perfectly paired their Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liqueur with a stunning pink-foiled egg and teamed their Elderflower Gin with a gorgeous green-foiled egg to leave gin lovers with a hard decision of which is the egg to go for. Priced at just £14, these eggs are most definitely a must-purchase for any lover of Edinburgh’s glorious gin collection and as we say at Hogarth’s – there is nothing better than Gin and Chocolate! 

3.  Gin and Tonic Easter Egg

Carefully crafted by the minds of Treat Kitchen, this wonderful white chocolate Easter Egg. Made with gin and lime tonic flavouring and with the option of adding a beautiful presented package of G&T hard boiled sweets, this egg is on the bucket-list of Easter Treats to get your hands on this April. Priced at £9.95 or £19.95 (boxed and with the sweets – featured below) – get your hands on them now before they sell out. 

So here at Hogarth’s, we would like to raise a gin or two and wish you a wonderful and Happy Easter. 

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.