Gin and Tonic is a drink which is often associated with summer.

We all dream of a beautiful iced G & T whilst lazing on a sun lounger or socialising in a pub garden… socially distanced of course!

We are now in the full swing of autumn with Christmas on the horizon.

You don’t need to ditch your gin and tonic desires this winter, we have the perfect gin and tonic combination which is fruity and festive!

You can now enjoy a G&T with a twist during these winter months.

We believe that sloe berries are the key to a warming gin. Did you know The Gin Kitchen make around 25 litres of their own sloe gin every year? Handpicking all the sloes from local hedgerows. Usually it would get served up as a hot mulled sloe gin delight on our bars, but Covid had other plans for our events this year!

“For some reason, sloe berries seem to be able to warm you from the inside out, making this warm drink an ideal for those cold nights at home” said Kimberly L, writer at Gin and Tonicly.”

Many brands sell sloe berry gins including Monkey 47, Sipsmith and Gordon’s.

They all range in price from affordable to slightly more expensive and can be found in the majority of mainstream supermarkets.

Or, you could make your own following our recipe here:

You have no excuse to not sit in front of the fire and enjoy the perfect G & T this Christmas.

This week’s recipe is bought to you by A Tipsy Giraffe, tried and approved by The Gin Kitchen team!

This recipe makes three cocktails and takes five minutes to make!


2 oz sloe gin of choice

1 oz dry gin of choice

1 oz cranberry shrub

4 dashes orange bitters

1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1.5 oz clementine juice

3-4 oz tonic water


Put both the gins, cranberry shrub, bitters, lemon juice, and clementine juice in a mixing glass with a handful of ice. Stir to chill.

Add ice to glass before pouring to chill.

Pour between your glasses and top up with tonic water – add more or less depending on how much tonic you usually like in your G&T.

For an extra kick of flavour and to make your drink look pretty, A Tipsy Giraffe also recommend adding frosted rosemary sprigs.

Here’s how to make them:


3 rosemary sprigs

2 tbsp simple syrup

2 tbsp sugar


Put the simple syrup on a shallow plate, and gently dredge the rosemary sprigs through it. Sprinkle the sugar over the top.

Set aside to dry for five minutes and add to G&T.

If you’re like me who isn’t a huge fan of mulled wine but wants a drink that will help you get in the Christmas spirit, this G&T (with a twist) is delectable and divine.

A gin and tonic is so much more versatile than some people may assume.

It can be a drink for every occasion, it just depends on what you add to it!

It is always sad to say goodbye to summer.

Especially with the news being so daunting and growing fear over the Coronavirus.

Take time out to relax and enjoy this tasty tipple.

Don’t delay….  light the fire, get your comfy pyjamas on and enjoy a G & T which is guaranteed to make you feel happy this winter!

We hope you enjoy this yummy cocktail and stay safe.

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Elizabeth Price

Elizabeth Price

Ginspiring Content Creator