You only need to look outside your window to see those hot summer evenings, sipping on your favourite Hunter’s Gin-inspired cocktail and chilling with your friends in the rearview mirror until April. Welcome to a rainy autumn leading to a particularly freezing winter ahead. However, we are happy to say that the rainy autumn weather won’t dampen chances to celebrate with friends – if anything, it just means moving the party indoors. If you believe that Hunter’s Gin store stops pouring with the season – you are wrong. There are plenty of autumn gin cocktails to take us through this part of the year.
Without further ado, Hunters Gin has sourced some popular cold-weather-inspired cocktails that will keep your party going into the festive season.
Surely you have heard of the French 75? It is one of the more sophisticated and refreshing winter gin cocktails with a tangy, bubbly, tiny bit botanical taste perfect for a cosy cocktail hour or a Christmas dinner addition.
Apart from your Hunter’s Manchester gin, you require lemon juice, simple sugar syrup and champagne – along with your cocktail shaker and ice. Pour your gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into your shaker and then fill it with the ice. Give it a good shake, then strain it into a champagne flute. Once you top it up with a bit of champagne, leave the bubbles to settle, add a little more champers if you wish then gently stir. Follow it with an optional strip of lemon garnish if you desire.
Voila! You have a simple yet classic cocktail that will be a hit at any celebration.
It is rumor that nothing warms up a cold room more than a dose of Hanky Panky – and we are talking about the cocktail here, in case you were wondering.
Hanky Panky, naughty name aside, is a sophisticated winter gin cocktail that will have your friends talking. Complex, nuanced and smooth in the sipping, this Savoy-originated classic is a variation on the sweet martini, in as much as calling on gin and sweet vermouth with the Italian Fernet-Branca bitter with a herbal punch.
Simply combine 1 ½ ounces of Hunter’s Gin, 1 ½ ounces of sweet vermouth and two dashes of Fernet Branca into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir it for around 20 seconds and strain it into a chilled cocktail glass. If you want to get a bit fruity in your Hanky Panky efforts, twist a piece of orange peel over the drink and use it as a garnish.
Hanky Panky is a perfectly balanced, a touch sweet and a tad bitter, irresistible little cocktail for your chilly evenings.
Want to sample some more? Well, there will be plenty to talk about over these coming colder months. Make sure you are perfectly stocked for autumn gin cocktails with Hunter’s Stockport gin – available in our online store.