Hayman’s ginealogy (yes apparently that’s a real word!) dates back over 150 years, making them the only family of original English gin makers still distilling today. Since 1863 they have been using family techniques and processes handed down through five generations, creating gins by hand in a small English town in North East London. Their recipes use a blend of 10 botanicals, with five types of gin in their collection – London Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin, Family Reserve Gin, Royal Dock Gin and Sloe Gin – all of which mix these botanicals in different measures to achieve various flavours and finishes.
Their Sloe Gin is particularly seasonal at this time of year, with intense plummy aromas, hints of almond nuttiness, fruity and spicy flavours which provide a warmth that’s perfect for Winter recipes. Hayman’s have created two seasonal recipes inspired by sloe berries, which I’m excited to share with you below!
Any of you who follow me on social media or have read my blog in the past know that I’m not a big drinker at all – I’m partial to the odd cocktail but I don’t like wine or beer, and I’m definitely not one of those people who just ‘needs’ a drink at the end of a long week – pass me the chocolate! I absolutely love mulled wine though – it’s such a warming, Christmassy drink and it never fails to get me in the festive spirit. So I couldn’t wait to use Hayman’s Sloe Gin to try an alternative take on a traditional mulled wine!
Hayman’s Mulled Sloe Gin
- 100ml Hayman’s Sloe Gin
- 250ml Red Wine
- 2tsp Honey
- Half a teaspoon of Allspice
- To garnish: cinnamon stick, apple slice and/or blackberries
- Set a metal-based saucepan over a medium heat.
- Pour the Hayman’s Sloe Gin and red wine into the saucepan.
- Add in the honey and Allspice.
- Bring to a simmer and allow the mixture to simmer gently for 2-3 minutes.
- Pour into a handled glass, and garnish with a cinnamon stick, apple slice and/or blackberries.
And of course, no festive celebration (or any celebration for that matter!) is complete without chocolate and so Hayman’s second recipe is a boozy take on a popular dessert, packed full of good quality chocolate!
Rich chocolate mousse infused with Hayman’s Sloe Gin
8-10 servings (I’m sure that’s debatable 😉 )
- 200ml Hayman’s Sloe Gin
- 200g 70% cocoa solids dark chocolate, broken into pieces (set aside 20g for garnish)
- 600ml double cream
- 3 large eggs, whites and yolks separated
- 100g sloe berries
- 100g caster sugar
- Place the sloe berries in a pan with three quarters of the sugar and warm over a low heat.
- Stir to combine, allow the sugar to dissolve and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Press the cooked berries through a sieve using the back of a wooden spoon. Set aside to cool.
- Place the chocolate pieces in a bowl set over a bain-marie at a low simmer, allowing the chocolate to melt slowly.
- Remove from the heat and stir until smooth.
- Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before stirring in the egg yolks (mix thoroughly, to avoid any lumps), followed by the sweetened sloe coulis (keep 20g aside for garnish) and 100ml of Hayman’s Sloe Gin.
- Whisk the double cream with the rest of the caster sugar until it forms rough peaks
- Slowly stir in 100ml of Hayman’s Sloe Gin little by little to the whipped cream, to prevent the cream from curdling.
- Set a little of the cream mixture aside for garnish and fold the rest into the chocolate mixture.
- Whisk the egg whites until they become soft peaks and fold into the rest of the mixture.
- Serve with a garnish of Hayman’s Sloe Gin-sweetened cream, flaked chocolate, and drizzle over the remaining coulis.
With all of the Christmas lights being switched on, many Christmas markets in full flow and festive drinks and foods everywhere I’m definitely starting to get into the Christmas spirit! I’ve got plenty of Christmas dinners and Christmas parties lined up and I certainly won’t be needing any extra excuses to whip up some mulled gin and chocolatey desserts for my family and friends to feast on! I hope you all have a great December and that these recipes have given you some inspiration for any festive celebrations you have planned 🙂
Link to their website: www.haymansgin.com