Warm Up Your Winter: Gin is more than a summer drink

Gin is often associated with refreshing summer cocktails but at HM Gin we firmly believe it’s a spirit that can bring joy all year round. Its versatile flavour profile, which ranges from botanical and floral to spicy and citrusy, makes it perfect for a variety of drinks that suit any season. In winter, gin’s complex notes can be a warming and comforting addition to festive gatherings and cozy nights in.

While many might think of gin as a light and zesty spirit best enjoyed under the summer sun, its rich and layered flavours make it just as suitable for the colder months. The botanicals used in gin, such as juniper, cardamom, and cinnamon, naturally complement the spices and flavours associated with winter. Think of a steaming cup of chai, spiced desserts, or a warm, hearty stew—gin can capture these comforting, warming qualities in a glass. The depth and complexity of gin can stand up to and even enhance the robust flavours typical of winter cuisine and beverages. So, embracing gin in your winter drink repertoire not only adds variety but also brings a sophisticated touch to your seasonal celebrations.

Here are three Winter Gin Cocktails you can easily make at home:

1. Hot Chai Gin Toddy

A twist on the classic hot toddy, this drink combines HM Seven Spice Chai Gin with hot water, orange, and a dash of cinnamon or cloves for a soothing winter warmer. If you like it sweet, add honey to taste.

Tip: Our Seven Spice Chai Gin already has honey, so taste first before adding more!

Hot Toddy Cocktail Recipe

2. Negroni

This classic cocktail isn’t just for summer. Mix HM Rare Dry Gin with sweet vermouth and Campari, then serve over ice with an orange twist. It’s bold, bitter, and perfect for cozy nights by the fire.

Tip: If you’re a citrus lover, try HM Orange Squeeze Gin for an extra zing


3. Gin Old Fashioned

Give the classic old fashioned a gin twist. Combine HM Woodcutter Gin with a sugar cube, a few dashes of bitters, and a splash of water. Stir with ice and garnish with an orange peel. It’s a sophisticated sipper with a botanical twist!

Tip: This also works beautifully with HM Barrel Aged Gin.

Old fashioned cocktail recipe

So, don’t let gin gather dust in the winter months. These delicious cocktails prove that gin is a year-round superstar! Cheers!

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