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Sunday
Sep252016

Mulled Sloe Gin Cups

As I walked to the car I noticed the nip in the air had become a chill.  The bright harvest moon has been waning and the evenings have drawn in.  Autumn has arrived in a blaze of colour and beauty. The season has transitioned and my body is starting to crave warm drinks and maybe just maybe a little less ice.  As I wait for the sloes to ripen and the first frost to fall, I have been experimenting with this Sloe Gin from Marks and Spencer and come up with a warm and soothing drink - a Mulled Sloe Gin Cup.

Sloes are the fruit of the the blackthorn, Marks and Spencer sloe gin mixes sloe berries with sugar matured in gin, resulting in a sloe gin with a fruity full flavour.  I warmed a two cups of sloe gin with a 1/2 cup of water, 2 cloves, 2 crushed green cardamon pods, a cinnamon stick, 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and three slices of ginger to just before boiling for 4 minutes.  I then poured it into glass cups I had added a slice of ginger speared with three cloves, a couple of blackberries, a cinnamon stick and the rind of some orange.  

This creates a sweetly spiced drink that is soothing and warming.  

 

Mulled Sloe Gin Cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of sloe gin
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3 cloves
  • 3crushed green cardamon pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 slices of orange rind
  • 3 slices of ginger

Method

Put all ingredients into a pan, then simmer for 4-8 minutes, and serve in glass cups I had added a slice of ginger speared with three cloves, a couple of blackberries, a cinnamon stick and the rind of some orange.  

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Friday
Dec112015

Sloe Gin

We'd meet on Rose Lane.  She would already be coming out the door as I would arrive.  Cashmere scarf and beanie hat trailing behind her.  Although smaller than me, her stride was quicker.  It didn't take long to get to the bar.  We were there for our ritual, 'last orders'.  That one drink before bed, and a bit of chatter between friends after an evening of hitting the books.  Her reading up on art history, me examining the creation of the modern Middle East.  Our noses clear and heads free, the books were away until the early call of study the next morning.  

We would take it in turns to order a drink - usually only one, as we arrived about 10 minutes before last orders. Although if someone bought us another one we would drink it.  Or if an after party was mentioned we usually went.  In front of the fire, without a fireplace, in one of the most minimalist buildings in Scotland she sipped white wine, I allowed the syrupy smoothness of sloe gin to slip down.  My love affair with last order drinks has long since gone, but my love for sloe gin has remained.

This year a freezer power cut meant my hand picked sloes had to be thrown away before the gin could be made, so I was looking for alternatives.  Luckily for me Marks and Spencer have a very drinkable Sloe Gin, made in France, on their shelves.

Marks and Spencer sloe gin is infused with sloes, juniper, coriander, lemon & orange peel, angelica, orris root and fennel seeds. 

I like to serve sloe gin without mixer, over ice, with a sprig of rosemary, and a slice of clementine studded with a clove.  It is the drink of friends, one to be shared with laughter in front of a glowing peat fire.  

When you serve drinks it is always important to have good nibbles, luckily Marks and Spencer have a great range of those as well.  The Parsnip, pancetta and maple chips have just the right amount of salty sweetness. Buy two or three bags as it won't take long to eat them.

Or if you are looking for something sweet, serve them with these handmade mince pies which are made in Magherafelt in Northern Ireland especially for Marks and Spencer.  These are without doubt the best Mince pies in the world ever ever ever ever EVER.  You just won't find a better one for sale.  I love the mini one's they look elegant and are the right size to eat more than one and not feel guilty when you do.  Marks and Spencer support of local producers in Ireland is very important to us at Salt and Sparkle.

How do you like to drink your Christmas gin?  This sloe gin from Marks and Spencer makes a heady addition to a glass of prosecco, or champers.

This Gin makes a welcome hostess gift, and is just that little bit chicer than a bottle of wine.

Merry Christmas

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