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Secret Admirer - Say it with Flowers, and Gin

What better way to display your love and affection this Valentine's Day by saying it with flowers, or indeed, gin...     With Valentine's Day around the corner, it's surely time to start thinking about a gift. Perhaps you want to anonymously send something to an unwitting crush, or maybe you want to give with grandeur to a significant other? How about flowers? Or gin? Or why not both? Why not eliminate two flowers with one gin, with Hidden Curiosities or Aranami Strength? Apart from their luxurious flavours, the exterior is also extremely decorative. The stunning designs on the reverse of these bottles are beautifully adorned with flowers, making them ideal gifts this Valentine's Day for any gin enthusiast.    ...

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Cupid's Quartet - A Flight of Valentine's Day Cocktails

"Roses are red, cocktails are blue. And pink. And green" Love is in the air, and cupid has a quartet of love potions up his sleeve. Learn how to make a flight of 4 impassioned cocktails that will guarantee your crush falls hard for you this Valentine's Day... Aviation Roses are red, violets are blue, and so is this stunning Aviation cocktail. This cocktail is a classic and a real showstopper, mixing floral and fragrant violet with maraschino. The match of these with the gin botanicals from Hidden Curiosities gin, along with the incredible colour, makes this one a firm favourite.  It's very simple to make, so it's a perfect way to impress your date this Valentine's Day.  Ingredients • 60ml Hidden Curiosities Gin...

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Mother's Ruin: The History of Gin in England

A Brief History of Gin in England While gin today has a refined image, both as the star in a gin and tonic, or as a base for a sophisticated cocktail, the drink has a long and chequered history in its homeland of England. From a soldier’s reinforcement to a sophisticate’s refreshment, let’s take a look at how gin became the spirit we know today. Dutch Jenever We can trace what we know as gin today back to the Dutch drink jenever, a punchy, juniper-flavoured spirit said to have medicinal properties. Jenever is still produced today, and has a delicious and distinct taste, perfect as a curve-ball in a cocktail. English soldiers’ discovery of and fondness for the stuff during...

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Yuzu Season

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing break over the festive period, and rang in 2022 the way you wanted, whether your celebrations were grandiose, or more subdued.   Did you know winter is the season for yuzu in Japan?      Yuzu is a delicious citrus fruit, famously grown in Japan and widely used in Japanese cuisine. If you’re able to source fresh yuzu, either online or at your local Asian supermarket, I highly recommend dehydrating them to use as garnishes for your gin and tonic or Negroni, or even soft drinks if you're opting for Dry January this year.  Yuzu has a very distinct flavour somewhere between clementine, grapefruit and lemon, which works wonderfully with...

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A Guide to Gin Styles

(Photo credit: Ginny Bar) In recent years, the gin world has exploded, with a host of distilleries making a huge range of gin styles. All over the world, new distillers are popping up and old established brands are being rediscovered by a new generation. Aside from brand names and distilleries, we thought we’d like to give a little explainer of what gin styles are out there, and what to expect from them. Of course there are sub-categories and outliers, and this is just a general overview, but these are the most popular styles you’re likely to find at your wine merchant or cocktail bar. For reasons of clarity, we’re excluding flavoured gins or anything that could be described as a...

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