Christmas Cheer and Irresponsible Gin mixing

The Christmas festival is nearly upon us, and like many others we will be stocking up our drinks cupboard in preparation for the impending liver-a-thon.  So, if we are going to put our organ through its paces lets at least make it worthwhile.  Prue Leith is a ‘great one’ for moaning at the ‘Bake Off’ contestants that ‘ It wasn’t worth the calories,’ and the same could be said of a badly thought of cocktail or poor quality wine.  As a ‘New Gin’ appears on our supermarket shelves, seemingly weekly, with flavours as varied as ‘Zymurgorium Turkish Delight’ I have been drawn in to making a purchase of badly thought up concoctions that do not get passed the fist sample.

Here at Hardwick’s Country Store we are confident in come Christmas the best policy is tried and tested.  Raisthorpe is no longer a secret and the quality gins and beverages don’t really need our help in promotion they stand but individually and as a great base for a more simple cocktail,  where the individual elements are permitted to shine.

So while you are snuggling by the fire in your new Joules PJ’s or taking the air in your brand new Barbour waxed jacket in the Boxing Day mêlée. Make sure the alcohol you consume is worth it!





50ml Raisthorpe Elderflower Liqueur

20ml Lemon Juice
12.5ml Sugar Syrup 75ml Apple Juice
Top up of Premium Yorkshire Tonic


Add Elderflower Gin to lemon juice, sugar syrup and apple juice and soda and shake in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a wine glass and add a slice of lemon to finish.

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