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.

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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?

 

Five Alternative Ways To Bring The Flavours of Ableforth’s To Your Christmas

Make those exceptional ingredients a staple part of your festivities

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Now we know what you’re thinking - obviously the best way to enjoy our range of exceptional spirits is to just drink them, but this Christmas why not mix things up and introduce some elements of Ableforth’s into your festive decorations and interiors…

Festive Wreath

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There’s nothing more welcoming than a Christmas wreath hanging on the front door and there’s plenty of ways to incorporate the exceptional Ableforth’s ingredients into your decoration. From the dried orange peel and cassia bark botanicals in our Bathtub Gin to the cinnamon, orange and vanilla in our Rumbullion!, these ingredients all make stylish (and delicious!) additions to a festive wreath - so not only will your front door look great, it’ll smell sensational too.

Tree Decorations

See ya, stars! Ta ta tinsel! Replace your regular decorations with some botanically-inspired ones instead. From cassia and cinnamon to oranges studded with cloves, not only will your tree be abundant with Ableforth’s ingredients, it’ll also look and smell amazing. If however you do fancy throwing some baubles into the mix, Drinks by the Dram has created a bauble containing our Bathtub Gin…

Gift Wrapping

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At Ableforth’s we’re advocates of fantastic wrapping - after all, every one of our bottles is lovingly hand-finished with paper, twine and a wax-seal. And, some of our botanicals and ingredients lend themselves very well to being incorporated into wrapping too - cinnamon and cassia tied with twine look gorgeous atop a gift, as do dried sloe berries if you want to give a nod to our Sloe Gin in your wrapping.

Potpourri

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Perhaps the most obvious way to incorporate the delicious smells and flavours of Ableforth’s into your Christmas is to create potpourri from some of the key ingredients and botanicals. From the nutmeg in our Christmas Mulled Cup to the orange, cloves and cinnamon you’ll find in both our Bathtub Gin and Rumbullion!, your home will be filled with warming festive scents that also handily remind you of your favourite spirits…

Sloe Mistletoe

For a fresh alternative to traditional mistletoe, swap for a sloe berry branch instead. It’ll need preserving, (or drying, but the berries will shrink down) but the effort will be worth it. Plus there won’t be any of those awkward kissing situations with this hanging from the ceiling…

Six Of The Best Alternative Christmas Films

Festive cheer, minus the actual Christmas film status

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We adore Christmas films, but there’s only so many times you can watch the same five classics without hankering for something a little different. Drunk santas, hyperactive elves and surly scrooges are all well and good, but sometimes you just want the festive feels, sans sleigh bells.
Because different is something we’re big fans of here at Ableforth’s, we’ve broken free from tradition and put together a list of films that are Christmassy without necessarily being actual Christmas films.*

*Except maybe Die Hard - who really knows?

  1. Bridget Jones’s Diary

Often shown at Christmas but not technically a Christmas film, Bridget Jones’s Diary has become a festive favourite, in part down to the ‘ugly jumper scene’. In the 2001 film we see Bridget and Mark Darcy’s first interaction making awkward small talk at a family gathering, each sporting some pretty special knitwear.

In fact, that scene is thought to have sparked the novelty knitwear trend we know and love today.

Jumpers aside, the film also has plenty of other festive cheer - who could forget their *spoiler alert* wintry kiss at the end of the film when they finally get together?


2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

There are few things better than settling down with a mince pie or five and binge-watching the Harry Potter films. Over recent years they’ve become staple Christmas TV listings and even though there’s no FC or reindeer in the mix, there’s still elves, magic and the odd invisibility cloak (aka the best gift ever).

Christmas pops up in every film, but if we had to pick one, it’d be Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. As the very first film it’s the first time we (and H-Potz himself) get a glimpse of Hogwarts looking mega-magical.

There’s the Christmas at Hogwarts Carol, the tree Hagrid lovingly drags through the snowy ground and of course, Ron’s knitted treat from his mum.

3. The Great Escape

Officially one of the most shown films at Christmas time, The Great Escape might not be the obvious choice for festive cheer - after all, it’s set at a Prisoner of War camp, some people die and there’s not a hint of tinsel or turkey in sight.

That said, just the fact that it’s a Christmas staple gives us the warm and fuzzies when we watch it - sitting around with the family on boxing day and watching a classic while pondering alternative ending ideas - what’s not to love?

4. Die Hard

The debate over whether Die Hard is a Christmas film rumbles on, and on, and on - but whether it is, or isn’t, there’s no denying it’s a much-revered classic set at Christmas time.

Sure, there’s more hostages than there is holiday cheer, but regardless of where it sits in the Christmas film status stakes, every year it finds its way onto our screens, and every year the debate continues...

5. Gremlins

Gremlins is a classic tale of when Christmas purchasing goes wrong - only in this case instead of buying the wrong size slippers, a mogwai is bought, given to a child, gets wet and then produces terrifying baby gremlins that wreak havoc across the town.
Like many popular Christmas films, this does indeed have carolling, tinsel and santa hats, but unlike those charming films where cute puppies are unwrapped , this will definitely make you think twice about buying a pet for Christmas (or ever).

6. The Wizard of Oz

There’s no place like home at Christmas, or for Dorothy actually who finds herself in a strange land with some interesting characters, wishing she could be in her own bed...which thinking about it, pretty much sums many a family Christmas.

There’s not a hint of Christmas in The Wizard of Oz, but it’s a popular family favourite around this time, and also good reason to wear ruby slippers - as if we ever needed one.