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CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL RECIPE: HOT BUTTERED GIN

When it comes to comforting winter cocktails, this hot buttered gin drink is warming and perfect for party season. Portobello Road Gin’s Master Blender Jake Burger shares his recipe below

‘My top tip for hassle-free entertaining over the festive season is to pre-prepare a punch the day before guests arrive so you can enjoy the moment too,’ says Burger. ‘This delicious alternative to mulled wine can be mixed in advance and simply warmed up in a pan as and when required, before serving in your favourite glasses. The addition of juniper berries to the drink compliments the flavours of the perfectly.’

Buttered Gin

Buttered Gin

To make one cocktail, you will need:

50mls Portobello Road Gin

75mls cider

50mls water

Teaspoon of brandy butter

5mls sweet sherry (something like a Pedro Ximenez would be perfect)

Pinches of ground nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and allspice

5 juniper berries

A large twist of orange peel

Method:

1. Stir all the ingredients together in a saucepan on a low heat until the mixture is steaming.

2. Serve in a heatproof mug or cup.

3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange zest.

Portobello Road Gin is available in store and online from Waitrose, Selfridges, Tesco and Harvey Nichols, £25.

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