Christmas, for me, means Champagne. The immaculate conception and birth of baby Jesus miracle thing aside, it’s the best thing about the festive season. Couple that with gin, and you’ll find me in a happy drunken haze from somewhere around mid-December until the 1st January.
These gin and fizz cocktails are sure to please fans of either.
The French 75
A true classic, which first appeared in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. Put 2 measures of gin in a champagne flute, add a measure of lemon juice, half a measure of sugar syrup (make your own, it’s easy), and top with champagne.
The Millionaire’s Martini
What can possibly improve a Martini? Champers, duh. Combine 2 measures of gin and 2 measures of Vermouth in a glass filled with ice. Stir until chilled and strain into a Martini glass. Top with champagne.
A different take on the Kir Royale. Put 2 measures of sloe gin into a flute and top with champagne for a festive treat.
Mum, dad, brother, sister, friend or partner; here’s a round-up of the best Christmas gifts for the gin lover in your life (other than a bottle of the good stuff).
For the bookworm:
Gin Glorious Gin: How Mother’s Ruin Became the Spirit of London, £4.99
The telling of gin’s rich history in London over 300 years is a must-read for all gin enthusiasts.
For the home-maker:
Home is where the Gin is print, £18
Notonthehighstreet.com have loads of other gin-related prints if this one doesn’t quite float your boat.
For the green fingered:
Grow your own sloe gin kit, £12.99
Everything you need to grow your own Blackthorn bush – you’ll be making sloe gin for years to come.
For the distiller at heart:
Make your own gin kit, £39.99
This beautifully designed kit contains all the tools you need to make your own gin at home – just add vodka!
For the connoisseur:
Membership to the Craft Gin Club, from £40
For the ardent gin-drinker, the Craft Gin Club delivers a bottle of small-batch gin from an independent distillery straight to your door, on a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly basis.
For the gin lover who wears their heart on their sleeve:
I bloody love gin tote bag, £13.75