This is Christmas!

This is Christmas! Copperfield Gin

“Turning up his cuffs – as if, poor fellow, they were capable of being made any more shabby – [he] compounded some hot mixture in a jug with gin and lemons and stirred it round and round and put it on the hob to simmer.”

From Charles Dickens to Catherine Miller, gin has always held a connection with Christmas in the literary world. Of course, we firmly believe that transfers into our literal festive sphere, and we are very excited to share this time with you all!

This is Christmas!

Copperfield gin is hand-bottled and hand-labelled. Embellished with a stunning illustration of interwoven botanicals overlaid with rich copper foiling and pays homage to book covers from the late 19th century.

Dr Christopher Smart and his wife Professor Katherine Smart launched the Surrey Copper Distillery in 2018, and created a gin based on a recipe penned by Ambrose Cooper in his Complete Distiller first published in 1757. This gin brings history to life!

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5 Simple Gin Cocktails – Perfect for Christmas Cocktails at Home

With  Christmas drawing closer and everyone starting to plan menus for the holiday season, I thought I would share some Cocktail inspiration!

I’m sure you will all be pouring a few glasses of fizz and making the obvious French 75, or even making hot gin toddys, but what about these overlooked classics?

If you love gin as much as we do at ilovegindotcom, then you are going to love these easy to make cocktails using ingredients you probably have in your fridge or cupboard.

 

Gin Fizzgin fizz 2

  • 50ml gin
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 an egg white (optional)
  • Chilled soda water, quantity to taste

Method

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Sloes aka blackthorn

Sloe Gin – What is it and how can I make my own?

You might have heard of sloe gin before, but what exactly is it and how is it different from regular gin?

Sloes are a type of fruit, part of the same family as cherries and plums and Sloe Gin is made by infusing gin with ripe sloes and usually adding sugar to the mix. This is then left to mature over several months and then strained off, leaving you with a tasty, sweet and fruity liqueur. The alcohol content varies between 15-30% ABV but EU regulations state that to be called Sloe Gin, it must have a minimum of 25% ABV.

There are a number of fantastic sloe gins available, including 6 O’clock Sloe Gin, Sipsmith Sloe Gin, Elephant Sloe Gin and Hayman’s Sloe Gin however, it’s really easy to make your own at home, especially if you have access to fresh sloes.

Here, ILoveGin explores some fantastic recipes for how to make your own sloe gin from home, as well as what differentiates this kind from other gins, sloe gin cocktails and more.

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