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Through the Dragon's Eye

A Twist on a Classic Negroni The Negroni is like no other drink - sweet, bitter, rich and astringent all at once, with flavours of grapefruit, cinnamon and juniper all balancing each other beautifully. Needless to say, we are huge fans. But have you tried its cousin, the White Negroni? A recent obsession of ours, a White Negroni is a play on the original, with lighter, grassier flavours and less sweetness -  and of course, a lighter colour. Initially devised to make the most of citrus-forward Plymouth gin and the gentian flavoured French liqueur Suze, the drink is a perfect reverse of a traditional Negroni. Think floral, light and bright, with a pleasing astringency on the palate - less sweetness...

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Happy 5th Birthday Hidden Curiosities Gin!

Sometimes, even if you try to always look ahead, it’s good to remember how far you’ve come. It’s Hidden Curiosities’ fifth birthday this week, and we wanted the chance to reminisce about the journey we’ve been on, and think about what the future holds. In a crowded environment, we’re proud that we’ve kept distilling great gin, and carried on growing and learning. It’s been a short space of time - from just getting started, to learning all about botanicals and perfecting recipes, to visiting gin festivals and winning awards, it has been an absolute joy and a great experience. Every day is a school day! Five years ago in 2017, Jenny, Hidden Curiosities’ founder, had a dream of distilling her...

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Drinking Gin

Gin is good for many things - a Martini, a Negroni, a Bramble or a good old-fashioned Gin & Tonic. But did you know that gin can actually be good for you? With its array of botanicals, sugar-free recipe and pure distillation, putting some gin in your glass can be better than abstaining. While we’d always advise drinking in moderation, below are some of the verified advantages of drinking gin -  Put a Clear Spirit in Your Drink Ever woken up with what feels like a freight train ploughing through your head? Hangovers can be awful, and seem to get somehow worse as you get older, with you noticing the difference after even moderate drinking. But have you noticed that...

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The Magnificent Seven

Cocktail menus can be intimidating. While it’s a fantastic feeling to open your cupboard and dream of your next creation, it can be very heavy on the bank account. Chasing down every specialist ingredient online or at your wine merchant can be an exhausting and expensive process, and who knows when you might next use that rare and pricey ingredient? Gin being the perfect base for a whole host of classic cocktails, it’s fair to say that we’re fans of good mixology. A good cocktail both elevates its basic ingredients, and is more than the sum of its parts. It should be a marriage of grown-up flavours, but should also hide its strength well. A well made and mixed cocktail...

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Super Chill - How to Make an Extra Cold Martini

Tips for a Frosty Martini  As the weather warms up and we suddenly find ourselves entering the summer season, what better way to end a hard day's work than with an icy-cold Martini?Have you ever wondered why a Martini tastes so much better at your favourite cocktail bar, and why you've never been able to recreate the same experience at home? Then read on for our tips on how to achieve the perfect cocktail yourself.     First of all, a Martini is something that is best enjoyed ice-cold. Getting it to the right temperature is crucial and it should ideally be below -7 degrees C. So how to achieve this at home? If you’re making a Martini at home, make...

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