Newsletter – 17th June 2020

Happy Wednesday Team!

Four days on, the dust is beginning to settle on World Gin Day. What a wonderful event! The spirits industry is such a fantastic community of vibrant and interesting people sharing a real passion for their product. It’s a very special thing. Emma, or Gin Monkey, the event organiser, really pulled it out of the bag with a whole host of events, covered all around the globe. And whilst the world may feel more segregated by Covid-19, Saturday’s effort reminded me just how connected we all still are.

If you missed out on the day, please don’t worry! There is still so much you can find online. There has been a whole host of distillery tours, pane discussions, tastings. So head onto social media (Twitter is a good option) and sech #WorldGinDay.

“So what are we celebrating this week?” I hear you cry! Well team, it’s only National Apple Strudel Day in the US, and that got me thinking about the humble apple. There is so much you can do with those tasty little morsels. So I’ve not only got some cocktail recipes for you, I’ve also got a recipe for a rummy Apple Strudel too.

Care of ChefSteps, we have a gimlet with a difference! This recipe could be as simple as they come, but there is the clever twist of lemon foam. It’s a genius twist on a classic. Not only that but this page also includes a lovely bit of history on the gimlet, one of gin’s great historic cocktails.

https://www.chefsteps.com/activities/apple-gin-gimlet 

And what gin would you use for this? The recipe suggests an Old Tom, a gin with a sweeter style than London Drys. Sacred Old Tom: This high-strength interpretation of the 18th-century staple, with bold notes of Juniper and naturally sweet Liquorice Root, alongside a modern flourish of vacuum-distilled Spanish Sweet Orange Peels, which accentuate this classic sweeter gin.

Next up, not quite an apple strudel cocktail, this apple crumble cocktail was too good not to share. Sugar and Soul have created something really wonderful with this little drink and it is a glorious example of the beautiful combination of apple and rum. 

https://www.sugarandsoul.co/apple-crumble-cocktail/

And a great cocktail like this deserves a great rum. Luckily we’ve got a spiced rum that fits the bill and it’s on special offer in our shop too! Rebellion Spiced Rum. The spicy figurehead of the Rebellion rum range – packed full of spice and great as the foundation of a tasty Cuban. Interestingly, this rum comes from a distillery founded in 1824.

And lastly on the cocktail front, this snazzy little number. Bon Appetit have really knocked it out the park with this, their Holiday Rum Sparkler. It sounds like pure heaven in a glass, deep, sweet, yet fresh and fizzy. Pick me a winner!

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/holiday-rum-sparkler

One rum from our collection stood out for this cocktail, Cana Y Colema Honey Rum. It’s made from a blend of quality aged rums and the finest honey, which are combined to make a drink with a fine body and an exquisite flavour. If you are going to use this I’d maybe lessen how much honey you put in to the cocktail. Let the spirit do the work wherever you can.

How do you get rum into an apple strudel? You soak the raisins, of course! No problems if you’re not too hot on the original recipe, here’s a recipe that tells you how to do the whole thing.

https://www.food.com/recipe/apple-strudel-with-rum-189303#activity-feed

I am almighty hungry for apple strudel now. I might have to scratch that itch and make one over the weekend. If you have a go do let me know, and if there’s anything you wanted to share you can always find me at bernadette@ginandrumfestival.com