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Darnley’s Spiced Gin: Easy festive gin cocktail recipe

Have you tried Darnley’s Spiced Gin? With travel on hold, I’ve been keeping closer to home, exploring the nooks and crannies of Edinburgh and sampling a lot more of Scotland’s home-grown products. This is exactly how I discovered Darnley’s and their new Hot Gin Punch.

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Darnley’s Gin distillery in Scotland

The Darnley’s name was inspired by Mary Queen of Scot’s first introduction to Lord Darnley at Wemyss Castle. The elderflower growing wild around the castle was what influenced the first Darnley’s Gin recipe. The Wemyss family opted to build their Scottish gin distillery in the village of Kingsbarn, Fife, transforming a derelict farm cottage into their current visitor centre. Using British-grown grain spirit and botanical ingredients, they were recently awarded Scottish Gin Destination of the Year at the Scottish Gin Awards 2020.

Darnley’s Spiced Gin Punch

With the colder months already upon us (er, where did spring/summer go!?), the team at Darnley’s Gin have created a new cocktail designed to warm our cockles and keep the lockdown blues at bay. Their Hot Gin Punch infuses Darnley’s Spiced Gin with warming ginger beer and cloudy apple juice (with a squeeze of fresh lime juice for that little extra kick).

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My friends and I have been ‘Zooming’ since March. We’ve become quite accustomed to our little online social routine; Zoom quiz pen and paper in one hand, glass of something in the other. With the dark nights upon us, this new hot punch recipe has become a welcome cosy alternative to the summer’s cooler refreshments (and it’s really easy to make!). AND, if going out and buying all the separates sounds like a chore, you can simply pick up one of the limited-edition Darnley’s cocktail sets. These sets come neatly packed with everything you need to make your own Hot Gin Punch at home. They also make great (affordable) Christmas gifts for gin lovers!

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Darnley’s Hot Gin Punch recipe:

This fruity, seasonal recipe is built around the warming botanicals contained within Darnley’s Spiced Gin: cardamom, cinnamon, sage and clove. It’s prefect for colder seasons, and simple enough that it can be used as a theme for online cocktail parties.

You’ll need:
  • 50ml Darnley’s Spiced Gin
  • 120ml premium ginger beer
  • 70ml cloudy apple juice
  • 10ml fresh lime juice
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)

Extras: Apple slices

How to make Hot Gin Punch:
  • Combine all the ingredients (except gin) in a pot over medium-high heat. The cinnamon stick is optional but adding it will give your drink that extra festive spice.
  • Heat ingredients until they simmer, then turn off the heat.
  • Pour 25ml of Darnley’s Spiced Gin into each glass.
  • Ladle hot punch into glass and garnish with sliced apple.
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Other Scottish Gin cocktails

Festive flavours not your thing? Prefer a classic gin flavour? There are lots more easy-to-make cocktail recipes over on the Darnley’s Gin website. I love a refreshing cocktail, so I’m quite taken by the idea of the ‘Good Tidings’ cocktail, made with pomegranate juice and basil. Drop me a line in the comments if you try making any of them!

Photos by Ewan Harvey

Travel writer, marketing adviser and blogger based in Edinburgh, with a focus on budget and vegan travel. 39 countries to date, with extensive knowledge of travel within Asia, particularly within Thailand.

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