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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published August 5th 2020
Easy recipes with gin and tonic
Bored of the usual cocktails or plain G&Ts? We have new recipes to help you unwind in the summer sun with carefully crafted gin cocktails with a Scottish influence.

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Exciting new gin cocktails to try with a Scottish flavour


They have been created by famous London mixologist Walter Pintus, who won the title of Best UK Bartender in 2013 and is known for being head mixologist at the world-famous Connaught Bar and for his work at Waeska Bar at The Mandrake in Fitzrovia.

Walter has teamed up with Caorunn Gin - which is handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands - to offer a selection of mouth-watering cocktail recipes for gin fans to savour at home.

Each recipe has been inspired by Caorunn's Scottish link, as it uses distinctive hand-foraged Celtic botanicals including Dandelion, Heather, Coul Blush Apple, Bog Myrtle and Rowan Berry.

Plus, if you get the munchies, there's a scrumptious gin and tonic cupcake recipe to try out too.


Famous London mixologist Walter Pintus, caorunn gin cocktail recipes
Famous London mixologist Walter Pintus


An Afternoon in the Highlands

This is a sophisticated take on the classic gin and tonic.

Not just your everyday cocktail, this drink involves a fermentation process that brings a concentration of acidity, fruitiness, and umami notes, all embraced with some quinine aromatics and a hint of floral smoke, for an extra layer of flavour.

Ingredients:
40ml Caorunn | 30ml raspberry cordial or raspberry fermentation | 25ml lemon juice 40ml tonic water | 2ml peat whisky (we like to use anCnoc Peatheart)

Glass: Try a tumbler or gin balloon glass

Garnish: Wildflowers

For the raspberry cordial, stir together 500 grams of caster sugar with one litre of water and 200g raspberries in a pan. Bring it to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Let it cool down, strain, and refrigerate.

Or, if using a raspberry fermentation, weigh 20 grams of raspberries, add 5 grams of salt and wait three to four days.

What to do:

Stir all the ingredients with ice and serve in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with wildflowers.

This straightforward recipe can be built directly in the glass, over ice cubes. If you don't have a measure, you can use the screw cap from a bottle, which takes roughly 10ml of liquid.

caorunn cocktails, an afternoon in the highlands
An Afternoon in the Highlands ready to go


Celtic Remedy

A celebration of one of Britain's best-loved summer berries, this cocktail has a bittersweet character and a refreshing, fruity finish.

Light and amble, this drink is perfect for a sunny afternoon tipple.


Ingredients:
30ml Caorunn Gin | 10ml Campari | 2.5ml cider vinegar | ¼ apple | 1 blackberry | 10ml sugar syrup


Glass: A tumbler

Garnish: Blackberries


What to do:

In a shaker, muddle the apple and the blackberry together. Add the rest of ingredients and shake. Double strain over ice and garnish with a blackberry.

If you don't have a shaker, a clean, empty jar will do the job, just remember to seal it before you start shaking – and be sure to strain all the fruit out before serving.

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A Celtic Remedy cocktail


Caorunn Perfect Serve G&T



Ingredients:

1 part Caorunn and 1 part Premium Tonic Water

Glass: Tall

Garnish: Red apple slices (Pink Lady)


What to do:

Build over ice and garnish with slices of red apple


caorunn gin cupcake recipe, gin and tonic cupcakes
Scrumptious G&T cupcakes


Caorunn Gin and Tonic Cupcakes


Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

240g Plain Flour

1 tbsp Baking Powder

¼ tsp Salt

260g Caster Sugar

80g Butter

180ml Milk

45ml (3 tbsp) Gin

½ tsp Vanilla Essence

2 large Eggs


For the syrup:

60g Caster Sugar

60ml (4 tbsp) Tonic Water

30ml (2 tbsp) Gin


For the Buttercream:

500g Icing Sugar

160g Softened Unsalted Butter

15ml (1 tbsp) Milk


Lemons, limes or apples etc for garnish.


Equipment:

Large mixing bowl

Mixer (stand or electric if you have)

Wooden spoon

Spatula

Cupcake/muffin baking tin

Cupcake cases

Saucepan

Cake skewer or fork

Cooling Rack

Piping bag and nozzle (optional)


Method:

Preheat oven to 190c

Mix butter and sugar together on a medium speed in your stand mixer or electric mixer if you have one (or you can just use a wooden spoon) until pale and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time and mix.

Once combined, add the flour, baking powder, and salt in.

Add the milk a bit at a time and mix in between making sure to scrape down the sides.

Then add the gin and mix until fully combined.

Put the mixture into each case ⅔ full

Once all full, put in the oven for 18 - 22 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched.

When they are baking you can make your syrup.

Place caster sugar and tonic water in your saucepan and simmer on a medium heat gently stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Once dissolved, continue to mix and put on a high heat for 1 minute so the liquid boils and turns into more of a syrup, then take off the heat and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

Then add the gin and stir.

Leave to one side until the cupcakes come out of the oven.

Once cupcakes have baked, leave them in their tin for 10 - 15 minutes and then place on a cooling rack.

When they are still warm, use a cake skewer or fork to gently puncture the top of each cake several times.

Use a pastry brush to drizzle the syrup over the cakes so it soaks into them.

Once the cupcakes are cool, make your buttercream.

Place icing sugar and butter in your mixer again and mix together on a very low speed with either the whisk or paddle attachment. You can switch the mixer off and use your hands or a spatula to rub the butter pieces into the icing sugar in the bowl to get it started if it is taking a while.

Then add 2-4 tsp of your syrup (to taste) into the butter and icing sugar and then add a little bit of milk at a time and mix on a medium speed after each addition. You can add any liquid, fine zest or powder flavours or colours at this point.

Then mix on a high speed for around 6-8 minutes or until the buttercream is light and fluffy.

You can then smooth the buttercream on the cupcakes with a spatula or palette knife or you can use a piping bag and nozzle to decorate your cakes.

You can then top with any garnish you would like, Caorunn Gin suggests serving their G&Ts with a slice of a Pink Lady apple, so we've used that on ours, but you could also use lime, lemon or even decorative paper straws.


Carefully handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands, Caorunn, which costs £29 a bottle in Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesco, is nurtured in small batches and quadruple-distilled, giving it a dry and crisp, aromatic taste.


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