Gin-gle Bell Gin Orange Liqueur Cocktail.
Well, that's a bit of a mouthful isn't it? Or perhaps I should say that it is a delicious mouthful!
When I'm in the UK the first thing you notice in the supermarkets is the absolute plethora of gins on the market. Where there used to be just a couple of brands, there are now oriental spiced gins. There are gins flavoured with ginger and rhubarb, orange and just about anything goes! I have to say that, with wine at an extortionate price compared to France, I have been having a taste of one or two. Just for research purposes!
The thing is it might be tempting to 'splash' out, on these fancy flavours but it's pretty easy to flavour gin at home.
Here's my version of Gin-gle Bell Gin and Orange Liqueur Cocktail.
As it's Christmas and traditionally a time for oranges or clementines I decided to use oranges and cinnamon as my flavourings.
Start by frosting the glass. This is really easy. I just put some orange juice on a small plate and turned the glass upside down to coat the edge. Then I carefully dipped the edge in a tablespoon of caster sugar mixed with a teaspoon of cinnamon on another plate. Leave to dry completely.
Next I added 15 ml of orange liqueur. It was 22% and many others are 40% so you might want to use less. Pour in 50 ml of gin and top with 300 ml of tonic.
Garnish with a slice of orange, orange peel curls and a small piece of cinnamon if you like.
I think this is the perfect Christmas drink, especially for those who don't like fizz!
If you like the flavour of orange why not enjoy this Gin-gle Bell Gin and Orange Liqueur Cocktail with a slice of Orange Marmalade Drizzle Cake?
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Gin-gle Bell Gin and Orange Liqueur Cocktail
- 50 ml standard gin
- 15 ml 22% orange liqueur
- 300 ml tonic
To frost the glass
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- piece cinnamon stick
- slices of orange and orange peel
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon on a saucer and pour the juice on another. Tip a gin glass upside down into the juice then carefully into the sugar. Turn upright and allow to dry for about 10 minutes.
- Mix the gin, liqueur and tonic and pour into the glass.
- Add a slice of orange, a piece of cinnamon and a few slivers of orange peel to garnish and enjoy.