Gin fans rejoice! Lidl has added two new fruity varieties, just in time for Christmas.
The hand-crafted Hortus Gin Liqueurs are traditionally distilled in copper stills, and come in two tempting flavours, ‘Rhubarb and Ginger’ and ‘Scottish Raspberry’ - priced at just £11.99 each.
These new gin liqueurs join the budget supermarket's existing Hortus gin range, which includes the seasonal Hortus Sloe Gin, Hortus Oriental Spiced Gin and Hortus Original London Dry Gin – all available for £15.99 from Lidl stores nationwide and also perfect for festive cocktails to spice things up over the season.
Lidl’s spirits consultant and author of The Curious Bartender, Tristan Stephenson, has some tantalising ideas for how you can explore delicious new uses for gin: “The Rhubarb and Ginger goes brilliantly with an earthy ginger beer, replacing your usual tonic mixer. The Scottish Raspberry Gin is wonderfully sweet, and so helps to emphasise the fruit flavours. It could be consumed on its own, over ice, or as part of a Spritz with champagne - or why not use it in a Genial Spritz cocktail! ”
Tristan's Genial Spritz Cocktail recipe
Although all of the ingredients in this cocktail contain alcohol, the resulting cocktail is surprisingly light with a delicate balance of wine and fruit flavours.
15ml Tio Nico Premium Amontillado Sherry
15ml Romanetti White Vermouth
20ml Hortus Scottish Raspberry Gin Liqueur
10ml sugar syrup
Approximately 50ml sparkling wine
Stir everything except the fix over ice and strain in to a small chilled coupe glass. Top up with a small splash of sparkling wine.
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