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What’s Katie Doing? Blog | Gin Travel Food|#ginblogger #femaletravelblogger | 62 countries📍🇬🇧 next 🇱🇹👇Celebrate 100 years of the negroni 🥃 #N100👇

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#reshaking @therealjuniperchick Port negroni I used equal parts of ruby port, @cotswoldsdistillery Christmas edition gin [gifted] and @campariuk and garnished with a wedge of clementine - it’s a very Christmassy drink even without a bit of Christmas tree 😂🎄😍 I also wanted to take this opportunity to show the personalised board my secret Santa got me - it’s perfect for preparing cocktails 🙌 ❓what are you drinking on NYE eve❓ #reshake #whatskatiedoingblog #portnegroni #christmas2020 #christmasnegroni #secretsantagift #lemonboard #classiccocktailswithatwist #imbibegram #homebartender #negroniclubuk #ginspiration #drinkstagram #homecocktails #twixmas #nyeeve #christmasdrinks

My top gins of 2020

However with all the disruption to the hospitality market, it hasn’t stopped the gin industry from continuing to innovate and launch new products (OK some are not new this year, just new to me!). Winterful is a progression of the citrus and spice used in the earlier Martin Miller’s gins and the zestiness of the mandarin with the warming spices makes it perfect for Winter serves – my favourite being a negroni with a mandarin/clementine garnish. 2020 was the year that King’s Hill launched their new snazzy bottle. November 2020 was the launch of their new Red Dot gin which at 51% has been made with more punch to stand up to other flavours in cocktails, as well as having more umami & spice notes.

𝓜𝓪𝓻𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓲 𝓜𝓸𝓷𝓭𝓪𝔂 🍸 Made with the last of my #gifted @zeivergin - a lovely way to serve this smooth, juniper forward gin I made this martini using the Direct Method - aka @alessandro_palazzi style by rinsing a frozen martini glass with dry vermouth, discarding (into my mouth not on the carpet!), then pouring the gin straight from the freezer and garnishing with an expressed lemon peel (sadly not an Amalfi lemon 🍋) 🍸 the result is a lovely smooth martini with lots of satisfying juniper aroma and flavour - clean and refreshing. Read my full review of @zeivergin which I utterly recommend - and learn why it’s an untraditional, but traditional tasting gin! (Link in bio!) #whatskatiedoingblog #martinimonday #martinimonday🍸 #martiniclubuk #zeivergin #untraditionalgin #classicgin #classicginmartini #classicgincocktails #directmethodmartini #uniquegin #ginspiration #ɢɪɴsᴘɪʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ #homebartender #imbibegram #drinkstagram #ginsof2020

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and I went with a 50:50 ratio, you could go as far as 1:2 gin to tonic, but I wouldn’t empty a bottle of tonic in. James suggests garnishing with apple or apricot, and I found that an apple nicely added sweetness, without overpowering the gins’s flavours. I also used Zeiver in the Summer to add juniper punch to a spritz gin and tonic, where it stood up to the orange flavours of Starlino aperitif: The white negroni was 2 parts gin, 2 parts vermouth and 1 part Suze; the red negroni was equal parts vermouth, gin and Campari (although I mixed my vermouths using a blend of Cocchi and Put e Mes).

When is a sour not a sour?! Well this technically is - except I’ve used @pentiredrinks in it instead of an alcoholic option. And it worked really well! The classic combination of lemon juice, sugar syrup & egg white with non alcoholic @pentiredrinks is well balanced. The @pentiredrinks Adrift is tart and herbaceous and has an inviting nose - with rock samphire, sea fennel, sage, citrus and sea salt - it is savoury and an interesting replacement for a gin or flavoured vodka in a mixed drink. But I definitely think that extra citrus balanced with sugar and egg white to emulsify (or aquafaba for a vegan alternative) really works to complement the herbaceous savoury notes 🙌😋 I used a generic recipe for this Pentire Sour: 60ml of @pentiredrinks 30ml lemon juice 15ml sugar syrup 15ml egg white (or aquafaba) Shake without ice, then add ice and shake again. Pour into a chilled glass and finish with 3 dashes of @angosturauk bitters ❓would you try this❓ #whatskatiedoingblog #discoverunder10k #dryjanuary #nonalcoholiccocktail #sourcocktail #nonalcoholicsour #sourvariation #pentire #pentiredrinks #pentireadrift #pentiresour #whattodrinkwhenyourenotdrinking #whattodrinkwhenyouarenotdrinking #alcoholfreelife #alcoholfree #alcoholfreedrinks

The Gin-inspired Christmas Gift Guide 2020

So many brands have developed special gins for Christmas, that either evoke the smells and tastes of Christmas day (think Christmas pudding or Brussel Sprout gin!), or even the general scents of Winter, that I’m sure this is NOT a complete list. Graveney Gin is a nano distillery based in Tooting and they have a selection of different hampers this year, starting from £16.50 for an espresso martini hamper, going up to £129 for all the gins for Christmas! This year’s Christmas Home Gin Experience includes Tarquin’s Figgy Pudding, Four Pillars Christmas Edition, Bols Genever and Ferdinand Saar Quince gin – a great selection! Using McLean’s Spiced Gin, which gives all the flavours and aromas of Christmas in a bottle, this is the perfect warming Christmas cocktail.

𝕃𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕝 𝕦𝕡 𝕚𝕟 𝕝𝕠𝕔𝕜𝕕𝕠𝕨𝕟 𝟛 𝕓𝕪 𝕓𝕒𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕓𝕒𝕟𝕒𝕟𝕒 𝕓𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕘𝕚𝕟! My latest blog post is all about cooking with gin - this edition is the sweet version including banana bread with @rockrosegin, fruit cake with @shed_1_gin, clotted cream cake with @atlanticspirit, blood orange drizzle cake with @thunderflowerltd, upside down pineapple cake with @crossbill_highland_distilling pineapple liqueur, negroni brownies, gin and tonic pancakes and @haymansgin sloe gin chocolate mousse Click on the link in bio to get the recipes! #whatskatiedoingblog #ginrecipes #cookingwithgin #bakingwithgin #sloeginmousse #bloodorangedrizzlecake #negronibrownies #ginbananabread #clottedcreamcake #lockdownbaking #sweettreats #ginnytreats #ginbaking #stayhomeandbake #stayhomeandbakecake

Homemade Christmas Gin

The way I made Christmas gin is to flavour gin or vodka with spices and other botanicals or ‘bathtub style’. The method is to pick your botanicals and to leave hem to macerate in the alcohol for as little or as long as you need to get the flavour you want. For my Christmas gin I chose a longer period of about two weeks and ended up with the deep golden colour as the alcohol picked it up from the spices. Whilst this can be emphasised by the coriander, a fresh citrus peel brings a great zing to the nose and the palate.

𝓜𝓪𝓻𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓲 𝓜𝓸𝓷𝓭𝓪𝔂𝓼 🍸 So this wasn’t actually today, but at the weekend we finished up the last of @thegibsonbar Vintage martini. Created to celebrate the bar’s 5th birthday, this pre-mixed Gibson Martini contains a blend of vintage vermouth. It also came with a selection of their specially marinated cocktail onions - choosing between the balsamic, saffron and truffle was tricky (I had to try all of them 😂) The martini was soft and delicious - not too savoury with the onion, but definitely too easy to drink! We first opened as a treat on New Years Eve and it needed to be drunk as it doesn’t last forever - but I’d drink this again and again and I wouldn’t have called myself a Gibson fan before discovering @thegibsonbar 🍸 Whilst this was a limited edition run you can still order pre-mixed cocktails from the @thegibsonbar website if you aren’t doing dry January! #martinimonday #martinitime🍸 #martinimonday🍸 #martinimondays🍸 #whatskatiedoingblog #discoverunder10k #martiniclubuk #gibsonmartini #ginsonmartini🍸 #thegibsonbar #vintagemartini #vintagegibsonmartini #premixedcocktails #premixedcocktail #readytoserve #limitededition #readytodrink

So today I’m giving you brutally honest feedback on @jukescordialities * * brutual feedback contributed to my my Mum 👋🏻 hi Mum! So I bought the cordialites because their marketing made it look like they would be good as a wine replacement (see first pic) - I feel like I’ve drunk a LOT of wine over the festive period and needed to cut back a bit - so it seemed like a good idea. I’ve known about Jukes for a while, but the £39 price tag for the tasting box really put me off before - now I’m locked down with others it seemed worth a try Cue @jukescordialities turning up and us having a taste. Pic 1 is the cordialities (aka posh squash) made up according to the instructions: 15ml (half a bottle) with 125ml chilled water. It looks like wine 🍷 it tastes like vinegar 🥴 Re-reading their promotional info and yes it’s made from apple cider vinegar - with only the finest natural fruit, veg, herbs etc blended in. I thought about this a bit... Matthew Juke says that his drinks are a sophisticated, non-alcoholic drink that is genuinely satisfying. They are meant to have the flavour complexity of great wine (just not anything like the actual flavour 😂) with depth of flavour and a long dry finish - the only finish I found was vinegar Anyway I’ve now had another 15 drinks worth of this left, so I wondered 🤔 given the vinegar aroma and end notes (despite the various herbal and fruit flavours when drinking) - could these be used instead of a kombucha or shrub?! Well I put it to the test: Swipe to see the three cocktails I made with Jukes 1, 2 and 6: 1️⃣ 15ml of Jukes 1, 10ml water to lengthen, 25ml @seedlipdrinks, 20ml lime juice, 20ml apple juice, 3 basil leaves and cucumber garnish (Jukes 1 is the most herbaceous of the 3) - shake the ingredients together with ice & garnish with cucumber - I needed to add 10ml of simple syrup also as it was quite tart with the Jukes and lime juice 2️⃣ 15ml Jukes 6, 3 basil leaves + garnish, 5 raspberries, muddle together pour over ice & top up with soda 3️⃣ 45ml @sea_arch, 15ml Jukes 2, 20ml lemon juice 5ml white vermouth, 10ml sugar syrup, shake and serve with a cherry (you can add an egg white to give texture) Cont in comments

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