From the soil to the glass...
Discover the spirit of summer
No summer bucket list would be complete without a summer cocktail, and we've made a top 5 list of amazing gin cocktails to try this summer. All using gin from our campaign supporter Hepple Spirits, which is made right here in Northumberland and enjoyed anywhere.
Capturing the spirit of a county in a bottle as it turns out is a complex task, but the distillers - or even alchemists - at Moorland Spirit are succeeding in exporting the purity of the Northumberland Moors through their much commended (and commanded!) Hepple Gin.
Northumberland's producers have long served the rest of the UK, but a growing number of artisans are making their mark not just on the UK, but on the rest of the world. Hepple Gin is one such venture with an expanding repertoire of fans across the globe keen to experience their own taste of Northumberland.
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50ml Hepple Gin
25ml Blackcurrant Syrup
20ml fresh lemon juice
5ml egg white
First, shake without ice to create a good froth with the egg white and then shake with lots of ice to chill.
Dry shake to froth, then shake with ice before fine straining into a small chilled cocktail glass.
40ml Hepple Gin
15ml Martini Rosso
15ml Pressed Strawberry Juice
25ml Soda water
Garnish - Strawberries and fresh herbs
Stir all the ingredients, except the soda water, on rock ice and pour into an ice-filled highball glass. Then top with a splash of soda water and garnish with strawberries and a sprig of fresh herbs (Tarragon is wonderful).
35ml Hepple Gin
5ml Yellow Chartreuse
50ml Dry English Sparkling Wine
Stir the Hepple Gin over ice with the Italicus, Suze and Yellow Chartreuse. Then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Express the oil from a small twist over lemon over the drink and then top with the sparkling wine. Garnish with an edible flower.