Friday, 29 January 2016

Gin Giveaway & Cocktails for your Valentine with Thomas Dakin and BLOOM

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
10ml Cointreau
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!

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Disclosure : Recipes and images courtesy of Quintessential Brands Company Ltd, All views expressed are my own. This is not a paid post but I have been compensated in Gin.

333 comments :

  1. lemonade or black berry liquore

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  2. Raspberry lemonade. I don't know if that's weird lol.

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  3. I am a huge fan of rose tonic but then I love anything a little bit floral!

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  4. Fever tree elderflower tonic

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  5. Cucumber infused tonic water

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  6. Tonic and garnished with a slice of lime and a sliver of fresh ginger.

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  7. tonic..with a dash of elderflower

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  8. Tonic water and slice of lemon

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  9. I always have a box of fever tree tonic but I LOVE gin and champagne cocktails. They just go so well together so champagne would have to be my favourite mixer ;-)

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  10. I love the singapore slings my lovely dad makes for me on a Friday evening, we share those and memories of my mum & dads trip to Singapore.

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  11. Plain old Tonic Water is my favourite!

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  12. tonic water and some elderflower cordial <3

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  13. Tonic Water - it is the perfect pairing.

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  14. Freshly squeezed Orange Juice and Gin is amazing :) Im a Gin girl its the only thing i drink when im out :) x

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  15. Tonic with a slice of lemon & ice

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  16. Tonic all the way!

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  17. Fevertree Tonic and a shave of cucumber

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  18. Cranberry juice and lemonade

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  19. Its a classic but I like a Gin and tonic

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  20. roll on summer, ice cold G&T in the garden after work

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  21. Bitter Lemon

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  22. Tonic water, thanks for the cocktail! x

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  23. Lemonade and elderflower is lovely with gin! :)

    Jen xx
    www.kitsch-n-sync.com

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  24. I love a very dry martini, so my mixer is vermouth, and garnished with a pickled onion! Mmmmm

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  25. Gin with sparkling elderflower! Xx

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  26. Diet sprite, a wedge of lime and loads of ice!!

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  27. Tonic, ice and a slice of lemon

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  28. Fever tree tonic, ice and a slice of lemon

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  29. tonic water and a slice of fresh lime every time.

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  30. Tonic and S**t loads of lime slices and ice
    ginasaromills@hotmail.com

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  31. I love it with a drop of tonic water!

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  32. Slimline tonic and a generous twist of lime for me.

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  33. Has to be Fever Tree tonic water in our household!

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  34. Has to be standard tonic water

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  35. Feverfew tonic water and lime

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  36. Classic Tonic- with a slice of cucumber. Perfect and crisp!

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  37. Tonic and a slice of lemon for me

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  38. Fevertree tonic and a slice of grapefruit.

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  39. Love lime and tonic water x

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  40. Traditional tonic and a slice of lemon

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  41. My BLOOMing Valentine sounds nice

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  42. Fevertree elderflower tonic water

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  43. It has to be tonic water! Beautiful

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  44. Tonic and a squeeze of lime. Cheers!

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  45. Sloe gin is fab with rose lemonade!

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  46. Bitter lemon - make a refreshing drink on a summers evening!

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  47. I'm pretty simple - just give me some decent tonic water, some ice and a slice of lemon or cucumber. :)

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  48. Soda water and elderflower cordial :)

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  49. Tonic water. My current favourite addition is a slice of blood orange.

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  50. Hibiscus and Lemonade. Delicious and refreshing

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  51. I love gin with elderflower and tonic

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  52. Has to be tonic with elderflower :-)

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  53. Fever tree (light) tonic! Delicious.

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  54. I used to be a lemonade girl but cannot believe that I ruined so many good gins! Definitely a tonic lady now. That bottle of BLOOM looks so pretty.

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  55. I just have tonic water as I don't want to mask too much of the taste of the Gin, especially if it is already flavoured in any way.

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  56. I like it with freshly squeezed orange juice

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  57. Very traditional, tonic water with a slice of lemon

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  58. Fever Tree tonic is the nicest, but I used to do a Kansas City Ice Water which was gin, vodka, soda water, and Sprite! Very nice!

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  59. I like tonic water

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  60. Fever Tree tonic - I thought expensive tonic water was a waste until I tried it, and now nothing else is the same! With a slice of lime or apple.....mmmmmmmm!

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  61. Maraschino liqueur, Crème de violette, Lemon juice (The Aviator)

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  62. Tonic with slice of lemon and star anise

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  63. Tonic and a slice of lemon

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  64. Just simple tonic water. Although last night at a gin bar, we had gin, tonic and Guava juice which was lovely!

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  65. Cranberry juice - possibly with a squirt of soda to provide a few bubbles

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  66. I love gin and tonic with a slice of lemon.

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  67. BTW- Bermondsey Tonic Water.Only the best.

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  68. Jacqueline barker8 February 2016 at 18:14

    Fresh orange juice

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  69. Fever Tree Tonic Water. Love it!

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  70. pineapple juice! Makes me feel like I'm on holiday!
    Claudia xx

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