*Samples were provided FOC, however, all opinions are my own as always
Gin has seen a huge surge in popularity in the past few years, with many people opting for a G&T over any other tipple, and I’m no exception. Before discovering the delights of juniper, I was a loyal ‘spiced rum and ginger’ kind of girl so when I noticed that Belfast-based distillers Jawbox Gin had a gin and ginger recipe on their website, my interest was piqued.
Alongside the classic dry gin, Jawbox also offers two bold and fruity liqueurs – Rhubarb and Ginger and Pineapple and Ginger. The small-batch classic gin contains 11 botanicals – Juniper berries, black mountain heather, coriander seed, cassia quills, angelica root, orris root, cubebs, lemon peel, cardamom, liquorice root and grains of paradise.
When mixed with tonic and finished with a simple slice of lime, the citrus and juniper hit comes first, followed by a peppery and pine aftertaste. The Rhubard and Ginger is best paired with ginger ale for a warm, sweet and tangy drink that hits the spot. For the Pineapple and Ginger, ginger ale is again the prefered mixer, bursting with sharp and juicy flavours.
Jawbox has loads of interesting recipe inspiration on their website, including the innovative ‘Jawbox and Honeycomb’ combination. The gin is created just outside Belfast on a 300-acre country estate, dating back to the 16th century and is home to both the distillery and the field where the grain for the gin is grown and harvested.
This miniature triple gift set is ideal as a Secret Santa or stocking filler gift and gives the recipient the chance to try a bit of everything. That said, I’ll be adding one of the full-sized Rhubard and Ginger bottles to my own Christmas list this year!