Our Rumbullion! XO Has Been Named The World's Best Spiced Rum

 

Our Rumbullion! XO is named best spiced rum in the world. We’ll take that.

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We hate to be awards bores, but this was just too exciting not to shout about (it’s taking all of our strength not to type this news in caps - we’re that chuffed.)

The results are in from the World Rum Awards and our Rumbullion! XO has only been named the World’s Best Spiced Rum. Yep, you read that correctly - the world’s best. The best. In the World. Simply the best, better than all...whoops, we got carried away with Tina Turner there.

Anyway, we think you’ll agree it’s pretty exciting. We are REALLY REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. Sorry, the caps got the better of us.

You’d think having one of our rums being named the best in the world would be enough, but no - we didn’t stop there. Our Rumbullion! Navy Strength scooped a gold medal in the Spiced Rum category, and our Explorers’ Edition (which you may have seen on your global travels in airports and the suchlike) was awarded a shiny bronze. Rumazing news all round!

What better way to celebrate than with a delicious rum cocktail? It’s sunny, it’s a Bank Holiday and WE’VE WON SHINY MEDALS. We really can’t stop. HELP. Check out our serving suggestions here - the Rumbullion! XO makes a rather tasty Rum Old Fashioned or Rum Manhattan, and our Navy Strength is wonderful in a Ti’ Punch or Navy Daiquiri.

Go forth and rum! We’re off to get the caps lock key replaced on our keyboard...

 

Five Medals For Ableforth’s In The San Francisco World Spirits Competition

We’re in high spirits after winning five shiny accolades...

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We’ve got some pretty exciting news. You’re going to want to sit down for this. Maybe with a cocktail in hand.

We’ve only gone and bloody won five medals for our spirits in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition! And not just any medals either - as well as bronze for our Summer Fruit Cup and silver for our Cherry Brandy, Christmas Mulled Cup, and Rumbullion!, we also nabbed a prestigious gold medal for our Bathtub Gin.

We said you’d want to sit down.

Needless to say, this is all very thrilling and we are, er, thrilled. We’re happy as Larry, whoever he may be. These awards are just the latest in what’s been a very good few months for us, with our Cherry Brandy being named Taste Master at the end of 2018.

Wondering how to celebrate this rather delicious news? Well, seeing as this week also saw International Gin and Tonic day taking place, it only seems right that you grab a wedge of orange and some premium tonic and enjoy them with some gold medal winning Bathtub Gin!

7 Easy Ableforth’s Cocktails

 

Simple and delicious recipes to sip and savour

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Dry January is over! Which means one thing. Well, seven things actually. Now that sipping a tipple is strictly A-OK again for those of you who abstained last month (definitely not us by the way), it’s time to focus on what’s important...namely, delicious cocktails!

We’ve compiled a list of super simple but bloody tasty serves, each with a different spirit from our accomplished range. So what are you waiting for? Grab your garnishes and get drinking! (Responsibly of course, especially if you haven’t drunk for 3,000 years - the approximate length of January…)

Negroni

25ml Bathtub Gin
25ml sweet vermouth
25ml Campari

Stir over ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, garnish with orange zest.

Also, FYI over at Master of Malt there’s an absolutely cracking Negroni bundle offer where you can get everything you need to create this delicious cocktail. Well, minus the orange zest because let’s be honest, it doesn’t fare well in the post...

Tom Collins

40ml Bathtub Gin Old Tom
20ml lemon juice
10ml sugar syrup
Soda water

Shake first three ingredients over ice and strain into a Collins glass, top with soda and garnish with a cocktail cherry.

Spiced Daiquiri

50ml Rumbullion!
20ml lime Juice
10ml sugar syrup

Shake all ingredients over ice and fine strain into a coupette glass. No garnish.

Cherry Sour

40ml Ableforth's Cherry Brandy
25ml Lemon Juice
5ml Sugar Syrup
Dash Angostura bitters
Soda water

Shake all ingredients over ice then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and top with soda. Garnish with a cherry and lemon slice.

Gin Manhattan

50ml Bathtub Gin Cask-Aged Navy-Strength
30ml sweet vermouth
Dash Angostura bitters

Stir over ice and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a stemmed maraschino cherry.

Sloe Gin Mule

40ml Bathtub Sloe Gin
20ml lime juice
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Ginger beer

Build over ice in an ice-filled highball with lime wedge.

Ti’ Punch

50ml Rumbullion! Navy-Strength
20ml lime juice
15ml sugar syrup

Pour over ice in a rocks glass and squeeze in three lime wedges.

Find more serving suggestions here and don’t forget to follow our social channels for recipes, competitions and more exciting things!

 

INTRODUCING: THE WHIRLIST

 

New year, new vocab…

Here at Ableforth’s HQ we don’t like to make life easy for ourselves. Maybe it’s because we spend a whole week cold-compounding our gin so we’re used to a bit of graft. Or maybe we’re mad - also possible. Either way, it could be said we like a challenge, so we’ve tasked ourselves with making up some words to add to our Ableforth’s Dictionary.

Going forward, we’ll be sharing new words with you, each one inspired by the things that make us tick - flavours, fun and all-round deliciousness.

We’re kicking things off with a word that we think fits the January bill perfectly - after all, this month is all about trying new things, challenging yourself and embracing change. So, without further ado we give to you: Whirlist

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If you’re the kind of person who orders things on the menu you’ve never tried, just because, or find yourself blatantly ignoring Netflix’s ‘suggested for you’ listings because you want to challenge yourself to FIND NEW THINGS ON YOUR OWN DAMMIT, then you’re a Whirlist. Basically, you’re always happy to erm, give things a whirl.

So, fellow Whirlists…what have you tried lately?

 

Christmas Mulled Cup Mince Pie Recipe

 

Festive treating for the eating! Filled with delicious drink, of course.

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Earlier in the year while The Great British Bake Off was in full swing, we created a series of tasty treats containing our award-winning spirits. But since the series ended we’ve been missing the baking bug - so, like some kind of Christmas miracle (it’s a miracle we left the supermarket with any ingredients - the Christmas food panic is real, people) we bring you our mince pie recipe baked with love and, more importantly, our Christmas Mulled Cup.

And if these little pies weren’t festive enough for your demanding tastebuds, why not use your Christmas Mulled Cup to make a Kir Noel cocktail to have with them? Yes, them - you weren’t going to eat just one were you?

Makes 16 mince pies

Ingredients

  • 375g plain flour

  • 260g unsalted butter, softened

  • 125g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 jar of mincemeat (we bought a 410g jar from Waitrose and used just over half.)

  • 4 tbsps Christmas Mulled Cup (add more to taste).

Method

Place the plain flour and softened unsalted butter in a bowl and rub together to a crumb consistency.

Add in the caster sugar and beaten egg and mix together.

Lightly flour a surface and tip the mixture out, folding until it comes together.

Wrap in cling film and leave to chill for around 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 200c/180 fan.

Roll out the pastry to around 3mm (about the thickness of a pound coin).

Using a round cutter, cut out 16 bases and place them into muffin trays.

Spoon your mincemeat (around 8 tbsps) into a bowl and then add your 4tbsps Christmas Mulled Cup. Mix together.

Spoon around ½ tbsp into each pastry base.

Roll out the pastry again to make the lids for the pies - we used a star shaped cutter for these, but if making round ones make them around 7cm.

Place the lids on the pies and sprinkle with a little sugar.

Bake the pies for around 20 minutes until starting to go golden. Leave to cool in the trays, then remove.

Dust with icing sugar and enjoy!



 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Shindig

 

A delicious party was won, and here’s how the night unfolded…

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A few weeks ago we asked Ableforth’s drinkers to tell us what made their Christmases distinctive, with the lucky winner getting a £1,000 party - at their house - with delicious cocktails, fabulous food, great music and their favourite people. A shindig, if you will.

And, that shindig was well and truly shindug. The recipient was a lovely chap named Harry, who really went above and beyond with his entry, describing in great detail what made his Christmas celebrations uncompromising, exceptional and distinctive.

“In true British country style, the best food and drink is at the heart of our Christmas… guests arrive in their bohemian best, entering our candle-lit living room beneath hand-made wreaths… indulgence and festivities are a key part of all cultures, old and new. A well-paid latecomer opens a bottle of Moet, and the neighbours who have been smoking all night wander hazily upstairs to investigate this shindig...”


We liked his entry so much we decided we’d quite like to be mates with Harry, or, at least with the well-paid latecomer bringing the Moet. They’re welcome any time.

Anyway, on to the main event - as well as a selection of drinks for the guests to enjoy, with Ableforth’s cocktails amongst the mix, there was also a deliciously distinctive menu put together by Creative Catering.

You’d be forgiven for thinking a Christmas party requires turkey and sprouts, but then you’ve never been to an Ableforth’s Shindig - instead of spuds and stuffing, the guests were treated to the likes of boeuf au chocolat on mash and lavender pulled lamb on cous cous, with shots of chilli chocolate mousse for dessert.

When it came to the party playlist, we started putting together a soundtrack. But, when we discovered that Harry’s a bit of a music aficionado who casually DJs in his spare time, we weren’t convinced he’d enjoy the Wham! Megamix we’d selected, and let him choose his own music - and of course, he provided the perfect backdrop to the evening.

A great time was had by all, with the festivities continuing well into the early hours. Harry even called the event “The best Christmas party we could have dreamt of.” Cheers to that!

Here’s some Shindig snapshots for you to enjoy...

 

Wrap Your Christmas The Ableforth's Way

Add a touch of Ableforth’s to your Christmas with our wrapping methods…

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‘Tis the time of the year when all of those presents you lovingly and painstakingly selected (or ordered online with next day delivery) need to be wrapped. But before you head to the shops and buy reams and reams of wrapping paper covered in glitter - which face it, nobody is grateful for - why not consider adopting the Ableforth’s wrapping style this Christmas?

Brown Paper

Our bottles are each lovingly hand-wrapped in brown paper, and actually, wrapping gifts in something other than reindeer or Santa adorned paper can be great for several reasons:

  • Firstly, buying brown paper is cheaper - you can get metres and metres of the stuff for a fraction of the price of normal wrapping paper. Money saved = gin funds. That’s the kind of maths we can get on board with.

  • Secondly, it’s more environmentally friendly. Actually, a lot of wrapping paper isn’t recyclable because of the dyes and additives, so opting for brown paper looks nice and it’s kind to the environment. Double brownie points for you.

  • It’s also customisable, so you can make your gifts as personal as you want them to be. Or, if you’re going for the mysterious secret Santa, don’t bother, and wait for people to be bamboozled (but impressed with the lovely craft look and feel of the present, of course.)

Twine

Every one of our bottles is wrapped with twine, and just like it gives the spirits an extra touch, twine is also a great way to jazz up those presents once you’ve wrapped them. Rather than using shiny bows, thread embellishments on to your twine and tie round the gifts. Not only do they look great, they also double up as decorations once they’ve been removed.

Wax

Every bottle of Ableforth’s is wax-sealed for the perfect finish, and wax is also a great way to give your Christmas presents and cards a special touch. Want your friends and family to feel really regal? Add a wax seal to their Christmas cards. Fancy, effective and they’ll wonder for a second whether they’ve received royal correspondence, which is always fun.

Or, why not forego name tags for a personalised wax stamp on gifts instead? No chance of them becoming dislodged and your elderly relative accidentally opening the came of Cards Against Humanity you bought your sibling…

A bottle of Ableforth’s

Can’t bring yourself to actually wrap up anything this Christmas? Fear not, as our bottles, have been lovingly hand-finished with paper, twine and a wax-seal, and so they’re basically ready-wrapped. And you don’t have to faff with finding the end of the sellotape either...


Our Cherry Brandy Named Brandy Taste Master 2018

 

The latest win is the cherry on top of the brandy awards cake…

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Over at Ableforth’s HQ we’re pretty chuffed because our Cherry Brandy has gone and bagged itself a very bloody awesome award.

In the recent Global Spirits Masters 2018, our Cherry Brandy was named Brandy Taste Master - meaning it was best in class from more than 40 entrants worldwide.

This prestigious accolade follows on from Cherry Brandy’s earlier Master award in The Brandy Masters 2018. So you could say this latest award is the cherry on top of the brandy awards cake…yep, we went there and we’re not even sorry.

"This is really a cracking end to a great year for us - scooping awards isn't the aim of what we do at Ableforth's but, let's be honest, who doesn't love a bit of recognition from a global award body?” says Global Head of Brands for Ableforth’s, Adam Wyartt. “To have got the top gong in such a prestigious category and against such strong competition is a clear reward for the time, effort and care put in by our team across the board in making the most delicious Cherry Brandy we can!"

As well as this awesome news for Ableforth’s, our parent company Atom Brands also took the coveted title of overall Grand Master - meaning they were the most most successful drinks company at The Spirits Masters, during the year-long series of spirits tasting competitions.

So, we think you’ll agree it’s time to celebrate. Cheeky Cherry Sours cocktail at ours anyone?