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A warming sloe gin hot toddy recipe flavoured with sweet blackberry juice and aromatic sprigs of rosemary
Sloe gin Hot toddy recipe – ingredients and equipment
This recipe requires just 4 simple ingredients (blackberries, sloe gin, honey and rosemary) and a bit of hot water. To make it even more extra special and super festive, I’ve been preparing the water using a stove top, Le Creuset kettle. It even whistles when its ready – so cute. The lovely folk over at Silver Mushroom very kindly sent me the kettle to try along with some fabulous double walled glasses (perfect for hot toddys), and some lovely brushed gold latte spoons (perfect for mixing a tall cocktail!!).
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Festive hot toddy
Now, I know that mulled wine just has to be at the top of everyones list for a good old, festive hot toddy. It is tradition and amazingly the origins of mulled wine go right back to the 2nd century. However, I do on occasion, like to change things up a little. This year, of course, its all about the gin – because isn’t it about the gin almost everywhere we look at the moment? In this case its sloe gin in particular, which goes amazingly well in my brambly, blackberry and sloe gin hot toddy.
Alternative to mulled wine?
I’m not suggesting that this is a replacement for mulled wine or gluhwein – far from it. – I love the stuff and wouldn’t put my tree up with any other kind of alcoholic hot beverage. Especially when paired with some lovely homemade frangipane mince pies or maybe some homemade baileys fudge!!
But, I do think that a sloe gin hot toddy is perfect for those in between Christmas moments. – Getting in after Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, making Christmas chutney, Boxing day, New Years Day. Its a little like turkey or Christmas pudd I suppose. . . For sure its a thing at Christmas but no one wants it every day.
Easy Sloe Gin Hot Toddy
With so much going on a Christmas, theres no time for figuring out complicated cocktails. A blackberry and sloe gin hot toddy has just enough about it to make it interesting but theres not so much going on that you need a million ingredients. Its also a really easy recipe, so once prepared its probably one that will stick – no need to keep looking up the method!! – Thats what I call a recipe that has potential for being a proper tradition year in, year out.
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- 80 g Fresh Blackberries
- 20 ml Hot water
- 2 tsp Honey
- 2 measures of Sloe Gin
- Hot water to top up
- Sprigs of rosemary and extra whole blackberries to serve
Place the blackberries in a small bowl. Add the 20ml of hot water and then use a fork to crush and mash up the berries. Push the berries through a sieve allowing the juice to fall into a clean jug. Use a wooden spoon to push through as much juice as you can. - Discard seeds.
Add 2 tsp honey to the blackberry juice and mix well.
Divide the sweetened blackberry juice between 2 tall mugs or double walled glasses.
Add a measure of sloe gin to each glass and then top up with how water.
Stir well and decorate each glass with sprigs of rosemary and extra whole blackberries.
Double or triple the amounts etc for serving 4 or 6 people.
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