Warm up with a gin hot toddy this festive season

Warm up with a gin hot toddy this festive season

Cancel our plans - we'll have a cosy date with this Hot Toddy and a roaring fireplace instead.

Copeland Gin, from Northern Ireland, debuted its flavoured Irish gin in 2016 after a successful crowdfunding campaign, just around the time when the whole country seemed to go gaga for the spirit (we blame the temptation of those huge goblet-style glasses.)

Just 1,600 bottles of the company's newest, limited-edition flavour, Spiced Apple and Blackcurrant, were released just in time for the festive season, and with its sweet berry taste fused with cinnamon-spiced apple, this gin tastes exactly like Christmas in a bottle!

The founder of Copeland Spirits, Gareth Irvine, who is pictured above, told us that the spirit is the perfect addition to the quintessential winter tipple - the Hot Toddy:

“Many don’t realise that gin is an excellent base for toddies too and just like whiskey, really easy to work with. This warming, comforting toddy will please gin lovers along with those that may be used to a hot, aromatic whiskey or spicy mulled wine."

Here's how to make it - warming, cosy fire not included.

  • 50ml Copeland Spiced Apple & Blackcurrant
  • 15ml sugar syrup or a teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 100ml hot water

Add the gin to a heatproof glass or mug, whatever takes your fancy, then add the sugar or syrup and stir. Top up with hot water and enjoy.

Copeland  Gin Hot Toddy

Copeland Gin Hot Toddy

Not in a Hot Toddy mood? Here are two more ideas to wet the whistle for any gin lover or low-key mixologist.  

The Perfect Serve

“The Perfect Serve is our choice for enjoying over Christmas dinner. The sweet berry pairs perfectly with the hero of the meal, turkey, whilst the cinnamon aids digestion. We’ve kept this serve simple using just tonic water so as not to overcomplicate the flavour profile during the meal.” - Gareth Irvine

Ingredients

  • 35ml Spiced Apple and Blackcurrant Gin
  • 150ml Premium Indian Tonic Water
  • A slice of clementine and a cinnamon stick to garnish

Directions

Fill your preferred glass with ice. Pour in the gin and top up with your favourite Indian tonic. Garnish with a slice of clementine and a cinnamon stick.

Copeland Gin perfect serve

Copeland Gin perfect serve

Copeland Winter Gin Fizz

“Everyone knows a big celebration like Christmas Day morning or New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be complete without a little fizz. This bubbly cocktail features lemon, adding a new flavour dimension to the sweetness of apple and berry. You’ll easily impress guests with your cocktail making skills by relying on a flavoured gin to do the work for you, whilst you just add the fizz.” 

Ingredients

  • 50ml Copeland Spiced Apple & Blackcurrant
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup
  • 125ml prosecco (or as desired)
  • Lemon swirl, to garnish

For the sugar syrup – use a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water. Combine and bring to the boil. Simmer for around 8 minutes.

For the Gin Fizz - take a large champagne flute and pour in the gin. Squeeze in the lemon juice, add the sugar syrup and top up with Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon swirl.  

Copeland Gin fizz

Copeland Gin fizz

Well, we know what cocktails we'll be making on New Year's Eve!

You can find Copeland Gin in Aldi stores around the country or click here to find out more about the brand

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