February is nearly here which means the end to Dry January - yipee - and the arrival of Valentine's Day! The Cotswolds Distillery has created three delicious cocktails to be enjoyed on Valentine's night in the comfort of your own home. They are easy to make and will create the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable evening for you and your partner. They can equally be enjoyed alone or over zoom with friends and are a great pre-amble to a delicious meal.
The Cotswolds Hanky Panky
The Cotswolds Distillery's take on the classic cocktail created by Ada Coleman (the first female head bartender of the Savoy) in the early 1900s. Incredibly complex botanical flavours, piney juniper, vanilla, earthy herbs & light smoky spice with a touch of citrus freshness. A fervent and sophisticated cocktail.
45ml Cotswolds Dry Gin45ml Cotswolds Vermouth
10ml freshly squeezed orange juice
5ml Cotswolds Whisky Amaro Liqueur No.2
HOW TO CREATE: Place all of the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and fine strain into a chilled martini glass.
EMBELLISH: Orange peel.
Cotswolds Dry Gin, £34.95, available from: Waitrose & Partners, Sainsbury's, Ocado, Amazon, Majestic, Oddbins, Laithwaites Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason and www.cotswoldsdistillery.com
Cotswolds Amaro No 2, £ 34.95, available from: www.cotswoldsdistillery.com
Cotswolds Vermouth, £23.95, available from: www.cotswoldsdistillery.com
The Cotswolds Wild Passion Spritz
Very refreshing. Deliciously fruity, bursting with sweet orange and tart citrus.
50ml Cotswolds No.1 Wildflower Gin
25ml lemon juice
15ml passion fruit syrup
Top up with champagne or soda
HOW TO CREATE: Place all of the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a gin glass. Top up with champagne or soda and stir.
EMBELLISH: Passion fruit
Cotswolds No 1 Wildflower Gin, £34.95, available from: www.cotswoldsdistillery.com, Ocado, Majestic, Amazon and Master of Malt
The Cotswolds Cherry Love
Tangy citrus with sweet cherry flavours lift the dark fruits and smoky char from the whisky, finishing with a light silky spice.
50ml Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky
30ml pink grapefruit15ml cherry syrup
15ml egg white / aquafaba
HOW TO CREATE: Place all of the ingredients into a shaker and dry shake (without ice). Add ice, shake and strain into a coupe glass.
EMBELLISH: Grated dark chocolate and a cherry.
Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, £39, available from: Waitrose & Partners, Sainsbury's Majestic, Laithwaites, Master of Malt and www.cotswoldsdistillery.com