All I want for Christmas is…Gin

With only two weekends left until the big December 25tharrives, here at Hogarth’s we have comprised a list of the top 5 Gin Gifts that need to be on your list to Santa this Christmas.

At Hogarth’s with adore everything Gin, whether it be a bottle of our Willie Hogarth’s small batch or Gin advent calendars – we have a collection of Christmas Crackers that will definitely wow any gin lover out there. So if you are thinking of what to add to your Christmas wish list or thinking of the perfect gift for another gin lover – we have everything you need to make your Christmas that little bit merrier.

1.Hotel Chocolat Gin and Chocolate Gift Box – £20

This is a perfect gift to combine the two greatest objects on earth. Gin and Chocolate. Featuring two small bottles of Hotel Chocolat’s Small Batch Cocoa Gin – this is definitely one for chocolate and gin lovers out there.


2. Amazon Gin Pong Drinking Game – £9.99

Based on the classic American drinking game Beer Pong – this game has had a ginupgrade and definitely one for party going gin lovers out there that want a bit of fun during the Christmas festivities.

3. Craft Gin Club Membership – £40 per month

With a bottle of Gin delivered to your door every month, it is no wonder the guys behind Craft Gin Club are sending out thousands of these boxes every month to many gin lovers around the UK. With the option of having your first box at £28 and the no contract policy makes this a perfect gift for any gin lover in your life. You have the joy of gin without the hassle of even leaving home.

4. Pinkster Miniature Gift Set Cracker – £10

A fun Christmas treat, filled with 5cl of Pinkster’s Pink Gin and a mini jar of delicious gin jam. Is there anything better than waking up the morning and spreading this gorgeous gin based jam on your toast? Merry Ginmas!

 

5. Gin filled Christmas Bauble – £14.99

The baubles make a great token gift or secret santa gifts for friends, filled with your choice of alcohol from London Dry Gin, Pink Gin or a gorgeous Elderflower infused Gin who wouldn’t want to open this Not on the High Street Christmas infused gift.

Or you could grab your nearest and dearest and head to a Hogarth’s Gin Palace, all chip in and buy a great gin sharing tray, a flight of gin or just your own individual favourite perfect serves.

Lets GIN-gle all the way to Christmas!

You can never go wrong with a little pink…….. a lot works too!

With the ever rising popularity of Gin drinks rocketing our supermarket shelves, it is no wonder that the new pink gin phase has taken the commercial world by storm. But why has this newfound gin got us so addicted?

In the mid-1800s, Pink Gin or Pink Plymouth was a cocktail made fashionable consisting of Plymouth gin infused with a dash of ginger. Despite beliefs of many – pink gin is actually not pink, but clear with citrus oils from lemon rind used to compliment the flavour of this tremendous tipple.

21st century Gin

Today Pink Gin is transformational. It’s now catching the eyes of new age gin drinkers out there with companies infusing the traditional recipes with sweeter flavours such as strawberries and raspberries to infuse a cocktail hint of a drink once consumed only by sailors. This millennial target audience has caused companies to transform bottles, ingredients and even the colour of their gins to make them more appealing to a wider audience which has now become one of the biggest beverage crazes of the 21stCentury – anyone would struggle now to walk into a bar and not find a pink gin smoothly placed on the optic shelf.

Our top 5 Pink Gins to try right now

5th Fire Red Fruits

A sweet and almost silky sprit, 5th Fire has been gently infused with a whole range of soft red fruits (including blackberry, blueberry, currant and strawberry). Gooseberry and strawberry come through initially with a mild but noticeable juniper bitterness. This is a fantastically experimental gin. We suggest serve over ice with Fever-Tree Tonic, a slice of Strawberry and piece of dark chocolate.

Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Gin

All you sweet tooth’s out there will appreciate this twist on the original juniper-heavy Gordon’s gin recipe. Bursting with berries – raspberries, strawberries and all things berrylicious – the result is a slightly sweeter take on your average G&T but with an underlying tartness that will wow your taste buds. We suggest serve with two parts lemonade and one part prosecco, before garnishing with fresh strawberries.

Greenall’s Wild Berry

This pink version has been infused with a mix of juicy blackberries and raspberries, grown on English hedgerows. This fruity twist on an old classic works particularly well with lime juice and ginger beer so here at Hogarth’s we suggest you serve it exactly this way.

Eden Mill Love Gin

This hibiscus and rose petal infused gin produces one of the palest pink gin from our selection. The sweetness of strawberries in this gin really impacts the delivery of the smooth and luxurious flavour and leaves its consumer with an aftertaste of all things sweet. Replace ice cubes with frozen berries, and top up with elderflower tonic for the ultimate serve.

Slingsby Rhubarb Gin

Based in the picturesque town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, Slingsby uses the local spring water to create its dry gin. Yorkshire rhubarb is added to this small batch gin resulting in a well balanced sweetness and hint of tang. Our perfect serve would be neat or with Schweppes Ginger Ale.

Since its introduction in the 17th Century, Gin’s history has been something of ups and downs. However, in recent years, it has become one of drinks of choice for Britons across the country.

Although William Hogarth’s 1751 art depicted gin drinking as evil and life ruining for the inhabitants of the famous Gin Lane, it is surprising how stylish and sophisticated it now is to have a perfect serve G&T in your local bar or pub.

The 1920s saw the boom in positivity in regards to the classiness of the Gin and Tonic. It hit the heights of glamour and was adopted as the “Cinderella of Spirits” as it became the fuel of many upper-class and regal parties and events.

Despite fizzling out of popularity in the mid-20th century, the love of all things gin has grown and grown in the new 21st Century which has a new, more sophisticated and hipper, outlook on the famous clear spirit. With gin flavours being imagined like never before, now you can grab a gin that tastes like nothing you have had in your life. Long gone are the days of the ‘classic G&T’ and now are the days of gin that defies the sense and that is re-envisioned to make us fall in love with the terrific tipple once again.

And new studies have shown that gin can even cure your common cold, with winter well and truly here, this gives us even more a reason to drink our beloved gin.

“Thanks to its natural base ingredients – juniper, sage, coriander, nutmeg, rosemary, gin come packed with fruity antioxidants and herbal benefits that could power each glass with some rather healthy rewards.

Juniper berries are considered a superfood, in that they come laden with fortifying antioxidants and plenty of Vitamin C, which could help to stave off colds, flu and bugs.

Gin also contains low sulphite levels, another “cold villain” that is particularly difficult for asthmatics”

With over 45 million bottles of gin purchased last year, Britain is set to become one of the greatest gin consumers in the world. UK gin sales have doubled with records reaching a staggering £1.2bn in 2016. New brands are stepping into the limelight and classic brands are jumping on coloured & flavoured gin bandwagon – it’s no wonder we have gone gin crazy.

At no point does our love of this tremendous tipple seem to be slowing down and with new colours, flavours and textures of gin created each and every day by brands across the world, it is no surprise that our drink of choice is the glorious G&T.

So if you are new to this gin craze or simply want to try something more ginspirational then head to Hogarth’s – The Home of Gin and get your hands on our many perfect serves and join the craze that is sweeping the nation…one balloon glass at a time.

With Halloween fast approaching, we have created a frightfully fantastic gin jelly recipe with a terrifying twist.

These Spooktacular sweets are a revamped version of our last Gordon’s Gin Jellies so are perfect for those of you out there on Slimming World. At just 2 syns per jelly – these treats are definitely one to try this Halloween.

Here at Hogarth’s gin is what we live for so we have chosen an upcoming tipple that is wowing the world in recent months. Malfy’s Con Arancia combines Blood Orange peel, juniper and 6 botanicals which leaves this beautifully tangy gin with a rich red colour perfect for our Halloween Gin Jelly recipe.

What you will need

Skull mould – we got ours from Amazon

1 sachet of jelly (we recommend Hartley’s Orange)

150 ml Malfy’s Con Arancia

How to make

  1. Make yourself a G&T
  1. Pour contents of 1 sachet into a jug/bowl
  1. Add ½ pint (285ml) of boiling water and stir until dissolved
  1. Drink some gin
  1. Add 150 ml of Malfy’s Con Arancia and 135ml of cold water, stir and add to your moulds 
  1. Allow to cool and refrigerate to set – This process may take a few hours so we advise to sit back, relax, have a few gins and in approximately 3 hours you will have some gorgeous treats
  1. Remove from moulds and enjoy!

 

So from all of us in the Hogarth’s family…get creative and have a happy Halloween!

Here at Hogarth’s not only do we love all things gin but we also adore all things wildlife.

In recent years, the Bee population has decreased and soon these incredible insects will no longer be buzzing around our gorgeous gardens.

Warner Edwards has teamed up with the Royal Horticultural society to produce a soul uplifting gin that helps Bees across the United Kingdom. Their gorgeously viscous and sweet HoneyBee gin is everything you and Winnie the Pooh himself will adore. With over 28 naturally infused botanicals, their Honeybee Gin is mascaraed with luxurious local honey and a good hearty dollop of golden nectar from their very own hives on falls farm.

But that’s just half the story…

Each bottle of Warner Edwards Honeybee gin that is sold – money is donated to the Royal Horticultural Society to assist them with Bee Conservation projects around the country. In addition, some specially selected bottles also contains flower seeds so no matter how boomingly beautiful your garden is – you can plant a gorgeous bunch in order to help conserve the bee population from your very own home. Not only is this gin good for its taste, it is clearly good for the soul.

Enjoy At Hogarths Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin Perfect Serve.

Hogarths Wakefield are holding a “Bee’s Knees Week” September 24th – 30th. Honeybee Gin Perfect Serve – with Schweppes Bitter Lemon 🍋 garnished with a Lemon Wedge in a glass rimmed with Honey & Crushed Almonds.

Conservation Cocktails

Warner Edwards even have their own twist of the classic “Bramble” cocktail. The “Bumble” rejoices all things gin harmonises the gorgeous Honey with sweet and sour tastes.

INGREDIENTS:

50ml Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin

25ml Lemon Juice

15ml Honey

15ml Crème de Mure or Chambord

GARNISH:

Blackberry and Rosemary sprig

GLASSWARE:

Ball glass.

No matter what your opinion about those fuzzy little creatures, it’s time to step up, get yourselves to Hogarth’s and it is time to save the bees!

Gintastic Chocolate Brownies

With the powers of Slimming World evident across the UK, it is difficult not to find someone who has done it or is currently doing it.

So here at Hogarth’s, we have decided to combine our two favourite ingredients – Gin and Chocolate to bring you a ginspirational Slimming World recipe for the tastiest brownies you’ll find.

Featuring ELY Dark Chocolate Gin, these gorgeous and delicious treats come in at 3 syns per brownie so there’s no need to feel guilty after snacking on these gintastic chocolatey pieces of goodness.

Often enjoyed neat, ELY Dark Chocolate Gin is an experience for all. This dry gin is unsweetened but provides a beautiful cocoa bitterness that would tantalise the taste buds of any chocolate lover. Founded in March 2012, ELY Gin was the mastermind of the computer programmer, James Clark, who had a passion of creating gin. Since then the company has boomed and ELY is now in its 6th year in trading. Some of their fantastic gin range includes Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Orange, Breakfast Marmalade and even Afternoon Tea. So no matter what your taste bud fancies, ELY gin has something for you.

Here’s how we made our fantastic Brownies

What you will need:

  • ELY Dark Chocolate Gin (Approx. 50ml)
  • 100g Self Raising Flour
  • 50g Flora Light
  • 2tsp Cocoa Powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 4Tsps of Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
  • 4tbsp Granulated Sweetener
  • 25g Dark Chocolate Chips

 How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Spray a baking tin (approx 8×8 inches) with Frylight and line the bottom with baking parchment.

2. Place the Flora Light, granulated sweetener, baking powder, self-raising flour, eggs, ELY Dark Chocolate Gin (Approx. 50ml), cocoa and choc shot into a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

*Drink some gin

 3. Pour into the lined baking tin and sprinkle over the dark chocolate chips. Place in the oven for 17 minutes.

*Whilst waiting, drink a few glasses of gin.

4. Once cooked, turn out onto a wire rack and remove the baking parchment. Cut into 16 squares and serve warm or cold!

*Enjoy with large serving of Gin

Recipe courtesy of PinchofNom and thank you to ELY for providing a sample of your gin to help us make these amazing brownies