Chin-Chin Chinnery!

You can almost smell the scene of mulled wine and mince pies in the air, can’t you? Well, if like me, Christmas is your favourite time of the year for food, drink and general merriment, you’re probably already on the way to finalising your plans for an incredible Christmas Day Feast!

I wonder though, do you give the drinks you’ll serve as much thought as the food? Good wine and a glass of bubbles is always welcome for sure, but with Ireland’s booming spirits industry, maybe it’s time to finally make use of that cocktail shaker that’s been gathering dust in the press?!

I LOVE cocktails! Frankly, Chicago is where things are at cocktail wise in the world, but Ireland is finding a unique way to celebrate its spirits by mixing things up with syrups, cordial, tinctures and bitters inspired by Ireland’s wild larder. It all points to us all getting very inventive and thoughtful about the drinks we want to present to the guests who we host over Christmas. When you think about it, a drink is the first thing we hand to our guests when they arrive, setting the scene for what is to come. A well made cocktail or punch will add a really special element to your gathering, making you the hostess with the mostess!

Dublin-based Chinnery Gin are really working that angle this year, and have put together a lovely little booklet of cocktail recipes using their Gin to help get your festive party underway.

Download the whole booklet by clicking the ‘Download’ button below, or scroll down to see my top two picks: a warming Chinnery Gin Punch and a refreshing Chinnery Gin Buck.

To find out more about Chinnery Gin, or where to buy, visit their website...

In the meantime, CHEERS!

Chinnery Gin Punch

  • 1 litre Pressed apple juice 500ml
  • Chinnery Gin 250ml
  • Sweet (red) Vermouth 75ml
  • Balsamic Cider Vinegar (optional, but adds a richness of flavour)
  • The juice of 3 oranges
  • Whole cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, to taste
  • One vanilla pod (sliced lengthways)

Preparation Combine all the ingredients in a pot and warm gently on the stove for 30 minutes. Don’t allow it to boil. Serve in a teacup with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange. Makes about 10 cups.

Chinnery Gin Buck

  • 35ml Chinnery Gin
  • 100ml ginger ale   
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Lime wheel, to garnish
  • Ice

Preparation Pour one measure of Chinnery Gin (35ml) into a highball glass. Add the juice of half a lime. Fill the glass with ice and top off with ginger ale. Garnish with a wedge of lime or a lime wheel.

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