Valentines Day is looming large (14th February just in case you need a reminder!) love is in the air and one thing that I know many of my blog and social media followers love is gin! I've teamed up with two fantastic gin brands to offer a romantic juniper giveaway. A bottle of limited edition BLOOM Gin and a bottle of Thomas Dakin Gin. I'm also sharing a couple of gin based cocktail recipes that would be perfect to share with the one you love. The BLOOMing Valentine Cocktail has been created especially for Valentine's Day 2016 by the world's first female Gin Master Distiller, Joanne Moore. Now there's a job I'd like to have! They kept that one quiet in the careers guidance talk at school.
BLOOM Gin, the luxurious floral London Dry Gin inspired by nature, is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. This limited edition bottle of award-winning BLOOM Gin comes complete with a pink bow and a ready-made gift label with space to personalise.
BLOOM Gin is distilled with the botanicals of honeysuckle, chamomile and the citrus fruit pomelo and mixes equally well with a good quality tonic or in a selection of cocktails perfect to celebrate Valentine’s Day, such as the BLOOM Gin Fizz with Prosecco.
BLOOM London Dry Gin is available from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Ocado. Price from £24.00.
Thomas Dakin Gin is a classic style London Dry Gin distilled in small batches in a baby copper pot still. The Master Distiller has included eleven botanicals including juniper, orange peel and English coriander with the unique addition of red cole (horseradish) to give the gin its distinctive sweet citrus and savoury long, lingering finish.
Thomas Dakin Gin was launched last year to great acclaim in Manchester and is distilled at the world’s oldest gin distillers in Warrington, Cheshire. The “Tom & Tonic” is the signature serve with a good quality tonic water, a strip of orange peel and a sprig of coriander to garnish.
Thomas Dakin Gin is available from Waitrose and Booth’s, price from £29.00.
My BLOOMing Valentine
50ml BLOOM London Dry Gin
25ml Lemon juice
15ml Sugar syrup
7 mint leaves
Bruise the mint in a shaker and add the rest of the ingredients
Shake and strain, pouring it into a Julep cup over crushed ice
Garnish with a mint sprig and dust with white icing sugar
The Dakinez (Our take on the Martinez)
35ml Thomas Dakin Gin
15ml Sweet Red Vermouth
1 x Dash Angostura Bitters
Orange peel garnish
Chill a tall martini glass with ice. Add all ingredients to a Boston glass, stir well with ice
using long bar spoon. Fine strain into the chilled glass and garnish with an orange twist.
Quintessential Brands Company Ltd have provided 1 x bottle of BLOOM Gin and 1 x bottle of Thomas Dakin Gin (combined rrp £53) as a giveaway for readers of Foodie Quine. No purchase necessary. Open to UK residents 18+ only. One winner will be drawn after the closing date. Normal restrictions apply. Promoter: Quintessential Brands Company Ltd., Melbury Park, Clayton Road, Warrington, Cheshire W13 6PH.
Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below. To enter, let me know in a comment "What's your favourite mixer with Gin?" For additional bonus entries you can follow me, BLOOM Gin and Thomas Dakin Gin on Twitter, Tweet about the Giveaway or like me on Facebook.
Giveaway ends 14th February 2016 12:00am. Good Luck!