The three spirits for 2015
Who says the New Year has to bring with it a promise to stop drinking? Here are some alcohol ideas...
Celebrate the present (even if you are a miserly old Scrooge) with Hayman’s Sloe Gin
No doubt about it, 2014 was the year of the Gin uprising – a revolution of craft distilleries sticking a middle finger up to mass-produced ‘Mother’s. Ruin’ and making their own tipples with incredible results. We see no better way to celebrate the year’s best trend than with gin’s pimped out cousin: sloe gin. That hip flask you’ve just unwrapped? Get this gold-winning bottle straight in there, and feel a slow fire in your loins.
Make your future even brighter with Don Papa Small Batch Rum
If a boney-fingered ghoul has shown you your final resting place, you won’t want to meet your maker without sampling the small batch rum movement first. Already embraced stateside, Don Papa from the Philippines is one of the finest limited-run rums to reach our shores this year. With big vanilla and spice flavours, there’s no reason not to knock it back with your New Year pud.
Recount ye olde worlde memories with the Tom and Jerry cocktail
Way before any cartoon cats or mice, this rich and boozy warmer thawed the bellies of Americans at the first sight of snowfall in the 19th century – the same time Dickens was penning A Christmas Carol in England. Now the toasty cocktail, packed with festive flavour, deserves a comeback. It’ll take a bit of time and elbow grease to get there, but damn, it’s well worth it...
For 10-12 servings, you’ll need:
6 eggs, Dark rum, 125g white sugar, Pinch of all-spice, Pinch of ground cloves, Pinch of ground cinnamon, Brandy, Milk, Nutmeg
Step 1: Separate the eggs and beat the yolks until thick. Whisk in the sugar, rum and spices. In another bowl, whisk the whites until thickened, and then fold in your yolk mix.
Step 2: For each drink, add a spoon of the mix to a mug and add a healthy glug of both brandy and rum. Top up with equal parts warm milk and boiling water.
Step 3: Finish with a grating of nutmeg, and serve. Put on your nightshirt and ye olde sleep cap, and wait for the real spirits to arrive.