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Gin subscription delivered straight to your door?!

There doesn’t sound like much better than this.

Recently, Flavourly got in touch with me about their monthly subscription boxes. When I heard that they offered a gin subscription I was definitely keen. The rise of subscription boxes over the last few years has been big. And, why not? Hardly surprising that people want to receive something nice through the post – rather than a bill. It’s a great way to discover new brands that you might not have otherwise heard of. And when it comes to gin it can be pretty expensive trying all the ones you fancy.

So, how does it work and what do you get? Flavourly pride themselves in working with smaller brands, who focus on quality and experimentation during the distilling. Each month you will be sent a box with three 200ml bottles of gin, a mixer, a snack and a copy of Flavourly magazine. And all for £35 a month! The box that I got introduced me to some new gin, which I always love! I got a bottle of Badachro Scottish gin, Blackwater no.5 Irish gin and Sovereign no.1 elderflower and gooseberry gin liqueur. Along with this, there were two bottles of Lamb & Watt tonic water and a packet of Soffles pitta chips.

I really like elderflower as a flavour with gin and quite often use elderflower water as a mixer, so I was looking forward to trying this out. I mixed the elderflower and gooseberry gin liqueur with the Badachro gin and used the tonic as a mixer. The result? A sweet, refreshing cocktail that was very easy to drink.

I’ve tried many different subscription boxes over the years, and to be honest, once I got over the initial excitement of them they’ve quickly lost their appeal. I’m not sure if it was because I felt like they maybe weren’t the best value or that the items in the box maybe weren’t right for me. But with this, I don’t think I would ever tire of new gin. And for the money, it really is great value. You would never be able to buy small-batch gin for this price and you get to try brands that could potentially have never been on your radar.

Not a gin lover, but know someone who would love you forever if you bought this as a present? Then you’re in luck! Because not only can you subscribe yourself, you can also give as a gift. Pick from a single one-off box, or in multiples of three (three, six, twelve months).

If you want to give Flavourly a try then use code FROCKS10 for 10% off. And if you do try them out I’d love to know what gins you get!

Oh also, today (9 June) is World Gin Day so that definitely gives you the perfect excuse to drink some gin!

 

 

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*I was gifted a subscription box by Flavourly – as always all thoughts are my own.
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Bottle of Hendrick's gin, apple and elderflower water and a red teacup and saucer

Hendrick’s gin is next up for Ginuary.

A couple of years ago I wasn’t a gin drinker at all.

My first date with Mark was at a gin bar. I picked the venue because it was a really cool bar, rather than my love of the stuff. Roll on Christmas and I got a bottle of Hendrick’s from Mark, bought because of the cool design on the box that made him think of Alice in Wonderland (which went well with the other present he bought me).

My opinion of gin was one I formed as a teenager. It was always the stuff you would avoid sneaking out of the drinks cupboard, mostly because it smelled like perfume and I always imagined it tasting like it smelled. My drink of choice was always vodka. Mostly because when mixed with Fanta Fruit Twist it tasted like Fanta Fruit Twist and not alcohol!

But after being given a bottle and starting to drink it, I’ve changed my opinion. It does still smell a bit like perfume, thankfully it doesn’t taste like it. To confirm though, I’ve never tasted perfume, so maybe it does… This is another bottle I love. It looks good in amongst the others on display in our kitchen. Only down point is that you can’t really see how much you have left in it.

As many gin drinkers will know, each type of gin has a recommended mixer and garnish to go along with it. When it come’s to Hendrick’s gin, you’re meant to garnish with cucumber. Well, I actually really dislike cucumber and Mark doesn’t each much salad, so we never have this in the house. And to buy cucumber for a couple of gins feels like a waste (I know I could probably freeze it, but I know I won’t).

So despite liking Hendrick’s with tonic and cucumber, I’ve spent a bit of time trying out different mixers. I’ve come back to elderflower water a few times. I really like it as a drink on its own and I think it works well with the botanical taste of gin. It compliments the gin well and still tastes good even if I have nothing to garnish it in the house.

Although cucumber probably does taste best with Hendrick’s someone had suggested to me that red apple also works well. I always have apples in the house so I will often use this as a garnish. When I saw this elderflower and apple water in Tesco I immediately thought it would taste good in the gin.

You can buy bottles of Hendrick’s that come with a little teacup. And I think drinking any sort of alcoholic beverage out of one is a grand idea, so obviously I selected one of mine to drink this! If you’re not a teacup sort of person then I’d suggest a short glass filled with ice.

Fill your teacup with ice, 25ml of Hendrick’s and top with the apple and elderflower water. Pop in a couple of slices of apple (Pink Lady is my choice), and enjoy.

Red teacup filled with gin and slices of apple. Bottle of Hendrick's gin and apple and elderflower water

Have you tried Hendrick’s with anything other than tonic water and cucumber? Hit me up with your suggestions.

You can read my first two Ginuary posts here and here.

 

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Photo of large glass filled with gin, ice and raspberries and two bottles of gin beside it

Ginuary gin number 2.

Raspberry gin & tonic. So tasty!

I’m enjoying getting to experiment a bit with different gin for Ginuary. And I’m also loving that I’m not one of the people who is struggling with dry January the second weekend into the month. I can understand people’s reasoning behind it. But one of the perks of not having a job last month was that I didn’t feel like I’d overdone it during December.

I’ve had the Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Liqueur for a while and really only added it to prosecco up until now. The wee bottle of Edinburgh Gin was also a Christmas present from Mark’s brother for Christmas. I got a lot of gin from Mark’s family, they insisted they don’t think I’m an alcoholic…. I’m not sure why, but I hadn’t really thought of using the gin liqueurs with gin as part of a cocktail. Strange I know. This Raspberry G&T tasted delicious.

To make you’ll need:

  • 25ml gin (I used Edinburgh Gin)
  • 25ml Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Liqueur 
  • can of tonic water
  • raspberries (I used frozen raspberries)
  • ice

Add all the ingredients to a glass, (I used a Copa glass which was also a Christmas gift to go with the many gins I got!), pop a straw in and enjoy! I never really thought much about the kind of glass used and how much difference it would make to the drink. But apparently, it does. My drink did stay chilled for longer.

I really liked the addition of the raspberry liqueur in this gin and tonic and as the frozen raspberries started to melt it only added to the taste. And colour which ended up a really nice vibrant red.

Do you have any suggestions or cocktail recipes for the raspberry liqueur?

 

You can read my first Ginuary post here.

 

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Bottle of gin from Edinburgh Gin Christmas gin with art deco style label and can of tonic water sitting on a kitchen worktop

GINUARY?!

What a bloody fantastic idea! I’m a fan of whoever came up with this. While others are opting for dry January I will be partaking in Ginuary.  I won’t be going for a gin a day but I will be trying one (at the least) a week and I might even give some cocktails a go.

First up is Edinburgh Gin’s Christmas Frankincense and Myrrh gin. I spotted this in one of our local and often frequented off-licence shops, Luvians in St Andrews, a few days before Christmas. Although we mostly go here for the beer they have an impressive selection of gin too. I couldn’t justify buying it for myself so close to Christmas but when I got a bottle from Mark’s brother on Christmas day I was very happy.

On the Edinburgh Gin website, it’s described as having “spiced, aromatic notes of frankincense and myrrh”. Any idea what frankincense and myrrh actually are? Yup, me neither. Frankincense is an aromatic resin taken from the frankincense tree. Oil is extracted from the resin and is often used in aromatherapy. Myrrh is also a resin, extracted from small thorny trees. Doesn’t sound overly appealing, but I can confirm they do taste nice. Plus, both frankincense and myrrh promote health benefits, which basically means drinking this gin is good for you!

Bottle of Edinburgh Gin Christmas gin. Close up of label with art deco design and gold, red, green, blue and cream colours

Before I go into the taste of the gin, I would like to take a minute to just appreciate the design on the bottle. We actually proudly display our bottles of gin (for me, whisky for Mark) in our kitchen so I’m a total sucker for an aesthetically pleasing design. Although many Edinburgh Gins are present in the display this is the first one in the newer bottle. I love the art deco styling of the glass and also on the label itself. The geometric shapes look great and the colours of this work well together and are subtly festive.

I had a taste of the gin straight first of all. There was a hint of orange and a nice subtle spiciness to it (as described on the website). Mixed with Fevertree tonic and lashings of ice, and served in a short glass it made the perfect G&T. We haven’t quite got back on track with our shopping so there was no fruit in the house for me to use to garnish. The Edinburgh Gin website suggests an orange garnish, which would taste lovely. For a really festive taste, I might even put some cloves in the orange. This would nicely compliment the subtle spices. But I’ll be waiting until next year for that.

 

Have you tried the Christmas Gin? I would love to hear your thoughts on it and what mixer and garnish you used.

 

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