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What we’re treating our mums to this Mother’s Day

We know our mums are awesome all year round – but we still want to make them feel loved on Mother’s Day! This is what Team MoM is picking up…

We know our mums are awesome all year round – but we still want to make them feel loved on Mother’s Day! This is what Team MoM is picking up for their mas this 14 March.

Mum, mother, mom, mam, mama, amma, ma, The Mothership…  We all call our mums different things here at MoM Towers (heck, it’s even almost in our own name!). The mothers either in or represented across the building (ok, we’re largely working remotely right now) come in all forms, too: single mothers, adoptive mothers, working mothers, working-plus-homeschooling mothers, mothers raising children together, step mothers, cat mothers, dog mothers, even plant mothers. Maybe we’re desperately missing our mothers. Motherhood looks different for everyone, and we want to celebrate it all year round, not just on Mother’s Day (14 March, if you still need to mark the diary!).

This year we thought we’d widen the conversation around motherhood. We asked people from across Team MoM to pick out a pressie for their ma. But we also asked people for their favourite quotes about motherhood, from books and poetry to TV and film. Read on, enjoy, get some inspiration, but most of all, let’s celebrate mothers!

Mother’s Day gifts from Team MoM

Lauren Cremin, Fulfilment Assistant: Mór Irish Gin

Lauren and her Mother's Day recommendation, Mór Irish Gin

This Mother’s Day, I’ll be treating my mum to a bottle of Mór Irish Gin. My mum LOVES a good G&T, especially one that gives a nod to her Irish heritage and that she can sip whilst reminiscing about her own mum who was actually from Abbeydorney, also in County Kerry! 🥰 Luckily, we have been surviving lockdown together so I’m sure if I ask nicely she’ll let me have a glass or two!

“I’m not a regular mom, i’m a cool mom, right, Regina?” – June George, Mean Girls

Emma Symons, Customer Relations Advisor: Hermitage 2005 Chez Richon Grande Champagne Cognac

Emma and her Mother's Day recommendation, Hermitage Cognac

Mum’s not a big spirits drinker, but a few Christmases ago, I bought myself a bottle of Hermitage to open after dinner. Feeling festive, Mum had a taste and discovered out she absolutely loved it! She ended up buying a bottle herself to share with dinner guests, which I know went down very well and wrapped up many a successful gathering – so well that it ran out a long time ago. I think this will be a lovely reminder of happy get-togethers and something to look forward to sharing around a table again one day in the not too distant future!

Henry Jeffreys, Features Editor: Chapel Down Sparkling Bacchus

Henry's mum (plus his daughter), who looks likely to get  Chapel Down Sparkling Bacchus for Mother's Day!

My mother loves a glass of bubbly so I think she’s going to enjoy this Kentish sparkler. It’s made from Bacchus, a grape that when grown in England tastes distinctly of elderflowers, another one of my mother’s favourite things. Here’s to you mum, let’s hope you get to play with your grandchildren again soon.

“A good mother loves fiercely but ultimately brings up her children to thrive without her. They must be the most important thing in her life, but if she is the most important thing in theirs, she has failed.” – Erin Kelly, The Burning Air

Holly Perchard, Customer Relations Advisor: Gin Mare Gift Pack with Lantern

Holly, her mum, and her Mother's Day gift recommendation, Gin Mare Gift Pack with Lantern

This Mother’s Day I’m definitely going to be getting my mum the Gin Mare gift pack with the gorgeous white lantern. Not only will the gin go down a treat, but we also get a nice lantern to put around the house! Daughter of the Year?

Kristiane Sherry, Editor: J.J. Corry The Sonas

Kristiane, her mother and Grandma with JJ Corry The Sonas for Mother's Day

I’m going to treat my mum to a bottle of The Sonas. It’s really deliciously soft Irish whiskey and its name means ‘happiness’ – which seems fitting for Mother’s Day! She’s in a bubble with my grandma too, so hopefully they can share a dram of happiness together.

“Anyone who ever wondered how much they could love a child who did not spring from their own loins, know this: it is the same. The feeling of love is so profound, it’s incredible and surprising.” – Nia Vardalos, Instant Mom 

James Ashby, Stock Control and Replenishment Coordinator: Lind & Lime Gin

James, his mum, and a Lind & Lime Mother's Day treat

I’ll probably get my mother a bottle of gin, like Lind & Lime, Twisted Nose or Mermaid Gin. She’ll enjoy the gin and then add some bottle lights to them to use as a lamp.

Abbie Green, Customer Relations Advisor: Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label

Abbie and her mum will toast Mother's Day with Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label

For Mother’s Day this year, I am going to buy my mum her absolute favourite bottle of Champagne: Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label. I chose it because this Champagne brings joy to everyone, just like my mum! It’s the perfect gift for any occasion.

“Mothers are all slightly insane” – J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Jess Williamson, Content Assistant: Bathtub Gin

Jess, her mum and a Mother's Day treat in the form of Bathtub Gin!

My mum adores Bathtub Gin, even more so after we both became obsessed with Negronis together! It’s the gin she always ends up going back to no matter what, so it’s a failsafe pressie that she’ll definitely love. I won’t be able to share a G&T (or Negroni) with her this year, but at least I’ll know she’ll be enjoying whatever she makes!

Guy Hodcroft, Buyer: Foursquare Spiced Rum

Mother Hodcroft will get Foursquare Spiced Rum for Mother's Day

During a trip to Barbados in the late 1990s (a trip to which, I should add, my brother and I were NOT invited), my mother developed a taste for the excellent spiced rum produced by Foursquare. Used as a tot in coffee for a winter warmer or a base for tropical cocktails in summer, it has become a firm favourite.

Whether you’re a mum yourself or celebrating yours (or both!), Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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Cocktail of the Week: The Spiced Apple Warmer

Is there any better antidote to a chilly winter’s day than a steaming hot cocktail? Rather than digging ice out of the freezer, this week we’re firing up the stove…

Is there any better antidote to a chilly winter’s day than a steaming hot cocktail? Rather than digging ice out of the freezer, this week we’re firing up the stove to create the Spiced Apple Warmer, which brings the flavours of two quintessential winter warmers – the Hot Gin Toddy and Mulled Cider – together in one toasty recipe…

For about as long as humans have been drinking alcohol, we’ve been heating it too. Mulled Wine came first, supposedly invented by the Greek father of medicine, Hippocrates, who is said to have enjoyed it as a tonic. The very first recipe in the first-century Roman cookbook Apicius – one of the oldest in the world – is for conditum paradoxum, a warm spiced wine. Throughout the second century the Romans continued to heat wine with honey, herbs, spices and citrus to fend off the winter chill as they conquered Europe. As viticulture spread through the Empire, so too did this toasty drink; adopted as Glühwein in Germany; Gløgg in Sweden. It became widely known as ‘Mulled Wine’ in 17th century England. 

Before Mulled Wine found its name, Wassail had risen to prominence in medieval England. Initially a warmed mead into which roasted crab apples were dropped, the drink transformed into a hot mulled cider topped with slices of toast – called sops – and then later spiked with brandy, sherry, and often beaten eggs. It was drunk traditionally (from the communal wassail bowl, of course) as an integral part of wassailing, a yuletide drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year. Eventually, the tipple evolved into the Mulled Cider popular at Christmas markets around the world today.

The term ‘Punch’ came next, with the first written reference of the word penned by a British East India Employee stationed in India in 1632, who wrote “I hop you will keep good house together and drincke Punch by no allowance,” in a letter to a coworker, according to an excerpt from Punch by cocktail historian David Wondrich. The first recorded Punch recipe – again, in India – came six years later, “consisting of aqua vitae, rose-water, juice of citrons and sugar”, and made its way to London’s ports as the token tipple of British sailors, where it soon found favour among the country’s aristocrats.

The Hot Toddy too is said to come from the era of British-controlled India, when plantation workers would ferment the sap of tropical palm trees to create a ‘Toddy’ (named for tari, the Hindi word for tree sap) to create “a beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices”, as recorded in 1786 – though this theory is widely contested. Some believe it was named for the toddy stick, an early version of the muddler that was used to crush sugar for the drink; others believe it originated in Scotland, to mask the flavour of poor quality Scotch; and some say it was the creation of Irish doctor Dr. Robert Todd, who prescribed his patients a mix of brandy, canella, sugar syrup and hot water as a cure for the common cold. Today, the modern definition of the Toddy points to practically any alcoholic drink served hot, though purists will insist on a base spirit (usually whisky), citrus, honey and spices. 

However you prefer to serve and title these quintessential winter warmers, there’s no escaping their Dickensian connotations: a nip in the air, a crackling fire, a warm blanket, howling winds, a snug parlour. A drinks connoisseur himself, Dickens wove spirits into his works repeatedly, from “a bowl of Smoking Bishop” in A Christmas Carol – a popular Victorian tipple made with port, red wine, lemons or Seville oranges, sugar and spices – to the “whiskey toddy” in The Pickwick Papers. Rather fittingly, given this week’s choice of cocktail, Dickens’ all-time favourite tipple is said to have been Hot Gin Punch – a drink most highly favoured by his Mr. Micawber character in David Copperfield: ‘‘I never saw a man so thoroughly enjoy himself amid the fragrance of lemon-peel and sugar, the odour of burning spirit, and the steam of boiling water, as Mr. Micawber did that afternoon,” he wrote. 

We wonder what Dickens might’ve made of our Spiced Apple Warmer recipe, which involves gently warming the uniquely characterful Bathtub Gin with apple juice, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and honey. The spirit starts out as a copper pot-distilled gin made with juniper, coriander and other fragrant botanicals. Then, a portion of the batch is infused with six fresh botanicals over the course of the week, before the two distillates are blended together. This lengthy infusion process captures flavours that are too delicate to survive the distillation process, resulting in an intensely flavourful gin that allows the botanicals to really sing. Where loud flavours often clash in certain mulled recipes, each ingredient in the Spiced Apple Warmer has been carefully selected to enhance the gin’s key botanicals, resulting in a delightfully wintery tipple that won’t overwhelm the palate after half a cup.

“We use orange, cinnamon and cloves in our double infusion, so bringing those flavours out more is a good place to start,” explains Hannah Burden-Teh, Bathtub Gin’s brand manager. “Then we add a touch of extra Christmas spice with the star anise – it looks like a Christmas decoration in your mug! Apple is the perfect base for any Hot Toddy, and we jazz our usual Bathtub garnish up by bedecking the orange slice with little clove jewels. It’s super easy to make, a great winter warmer if you need a cosy boost or, as quite likely this year, you find yourself outside and it makes your house smell like Christmas!”

And let’s face it, who doesn’t want that? Right, let’s make a Spiced Apple Warmer…

50ml Bathtub Gin
200ml apple juice (cloudy is best)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
3 orange slices (plus spare to garnish)
3 cloves (plus more to garnish)
Honey to taste

Add apple juice and all spices to a saucepan. Simmer gently for 15 minutes then strain into a mug. Add Bathtub Gin and honey to taste before garnishing with a clove-studded orange slice. The recipe is per person – simply multiply the ingredients as required to make a batch. 

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Brilliant bundles to help you up your cocktail game

We’ve taken the guesswork out of making some of your favourite cocktails with these brilliant bundles of booze. Everything you need to make the perfect serve is included. Well, almost…

We’ve taken the guesswork out of making some of your favourite cocktails with these brilliant bundles of booze. Everything you need to make the perfect serve is included. Well, almost everything, you’ll need to provide your own fresh ingredients. Lemons and oranges don’t post well, we’re afraid. And ice, you’ll need to provide that too. Bundles!

There’s nothing like sipping a perfectly prepared cocktail. But even though you love a good trip to the bar, it’s very tempting to try and mirror the magic a bartender whipped up for you at home. Sadly, making tasty cocktails is not easy. That’s not just something bartenders say to make you fork over your cash. What you don’t see on Instagram are all the attempts at making the perfect serve that ended up like Homer’s barbecue

We’re here to help. We did the decent thing and bundled together kits that have all the ingredients and instructions you need to make some of your favourite classic cocktails. We’ve got all kinds of delightful bundles for you to check out and experiment with, but just to give you a taster of what to expect we’ve rounded up a few examples in this handy little blog. Did I mention that these bundles also save you cold hard cash compared to buying each ingredient separately? I should have mentioned that earlier. 

Gin Martini Cocktail Bundle

Arguably the most famous cocktail of all is a good place to start. Now, while nobody can agree on what the definitive Martini recipe is, we can give you a good place to start and from there you can incorporate your preferred amount of vermouth. It’s your drink, after all. Oh, and you’ll also get a snazzy Retro Fizz 1910 glass to serve it. We really did think of everything.

How to make it:

Add 60ml of Bathtub Gin and 10ml of Noilly Prat Original Dry Vermouth into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir for at least 30 seconds. Then strain into your nice new glass (ideally chilled) and garnish with a lemon twist. The ratio of gin to vermouth is all about personal preference. The greater the proportion of gin, the ‘drier’ your Martini is. The greater the proportion of vermouth, the ‘wetter’ it is. Try 6:1, 5:1, 10:3, even 15:1. Have fun with it!

Dirty Martini Cocktail Bundle

If you like your Martinis like I do, you’ll have looked at the last bundle and been aghast at the lack of olives. Never fear, my link-minded friend. The Dirty Martini Bundle features all of the ingredients of the previous collection, (the same superb gin, dry vermouth and Retro Fizz 1910 glass) as well as a jar of Jack Rudy Vermouth Brined Olives to bring all that savoury, salty goodness you so adore. 

How to make it:

Add 60ml of Bathtub Gin, 7.5ml of Noilly Prat Original Dry Vermouth and 1-2 bar spoons/teaspoons of the vermouth brine from the Jack Rudy Olives into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir for at least 30 seconds. Then strain into a chilled retro stemmed glass and garnish with three olives.

Espresso Martini Cocktail Bundle

The dark and delicious spin on the traditional that’s proven immensely popular since the legendary Dick Bradsell concocted it back in the 1980s, the Espresso Martini is deceptively simple to make. All you need to add to this bundle is some ice and a shot of freshly-made espresso and you’re there, with a tasty saving to boot!

How to make it:

Fill a shaker with ice, 30ml of Wyborowa Vodka and 30ml of St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur and stir. Then add 30ml of a freshly-made espresso shot (you can let it cool a bit, but don’t lose that crema!) and hard shake! Shake it for over half a minute, you should sweat a little by the end of it, and strain into your complementary Retro Fizz 1910 glass. Garnish with a coffee bean or three if you have them and are feeling swanky.

Jaffa Cake Gin Negroni Cocktail Bundle

Forget everything Stanley Tucci told you, this is how you make the true holy trinity in cocktail form. Campari? Check. Martini Rosso? Check. Riedel crystal tumbler to serve it in? Check and check. All this bundle needs to make a tasty Negroni is gin. In this case, we’ve gone with Jaffa Cake Gin. Imagine serving one of these bad boys to your guests. All the brilliance of the classic Negroni combined with a gin made with actual, no-foolin’ jaffa cakes.

How to make it:

We’re sticking with the tried and tested 1:1:1 recipe. Add 25ml of Jaffa Cake Gin, 25ml of Campari and 25ml of Martini Rosso sweet vermouth into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir for at least 30 seconds. Stir over ice and strain into your ice-filled Riedel tumbler. Garnish with an orange peel if you have an orange to hand (‘express’ over top by giving it a little squeeze, and then simply plonk it in), or whack a jaffa cake on the edge of your glass like a citrus wheel. The latter won’t exactly add to the drink, but it’s undeniably cool.

The Independent Spritz Cocktail Bundle

It’s summer and that means it’s Spritz o’clock. Saving you the hassle (and a fair chunk of change), we’ve put together a trio of incredible ingredients that will make a seriously sublime Spritz. This bundle contains a bottle of Audemus’s Pink Pepper Gin, Sassy’s La Sulfureuse Cidre and Sacred’s English Amber Vermouth – all fantastic in their own right. But, follow the recipe below, and you’ll make a serve that will impress friends, family and even yourself.

How to make it:

Fill a glass with plenty of ice, and pour in 30ml of Audemus Pink Pepper Gin and 30ml of Sacred English Amber Vermouth. Top up your glass with roughly 100ml of Sassy La Sulfureuse Cidre and give it a stir. Garnish with a good slice of fresh orange.

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Let us know what you think of Bathtub Gin!

Let us know what you thought of Bathtub Gin, and we’ll give you the chance to win a personalised magnum bottle of the good stuff! Never mind a penny for…

Let us know what you thought of Bathtub Gin, and we’ll give you the chance to win a personalised magnum bottle of the good stuff!

Never mind a penny for your thoughts, how about a bottle of gin? We’d love to know your opinion of your recent purchase of Bathtub Gin, so we’ve gone and whipped up a super quick survey. Simply fill it out and hit submit, and you’ll be in with a chance of winning one of 10 personalised magnum bottles of Bathtub Gin, all wrapped up and looking as snazzy as ever! Lucky winner? We’ll be in touch, and you can let us know the name of your choice. It’ll make the perfect pressie (or self-gift…).

If you like the idea of nabbing a pair of exclusive glasses too, (thrown in carefully, of course), then just answer a few extra questions to be in with a chance of getting your hands on that too! For all the nitty gritty and full T&Cs, see below.

Take the survey here!

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New Arrival of the Week: Bathtub Gin 2020

The new arrival siren is sounding so that must mean we’ve got some new deliciousness to discuss. This week it’s a Master of Malt exclusive that we’ll donate £20.20 for every…

The new arrival siren is sounding so that must mean we’ve got some new deliciousness to discuss. This week it’s a Master of Malt exclusive that we’ll donate £20.20 for every bottle sold to help those affected by Covid-19. How delightful.

When the good folks at Bathtub Gin see an opportunity to help, help they do. It’s also useful that they really like creating new and delicious things. The result of both these facts in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis is Bathtub Gin 2020 – a new limited-run Bathtub Gin expression that raises vital funds for those in the hospitality industry badly affected by the pandemic. 

So what is Bathtub Gin 2020, and how exactly does it help? The new bottling gets its name for three reasons. One, it’s 2020 (obviously). Secondly, the usual ten-botanical Bathtub Gin recipe has been bolstered by another ten to make 20! Speedy maths. And last, but very clearly and obviously not least, for every bottle sold we’re donating £20.20 to help people in the hospitality industry affected by Covid-19. That’s a triple whammy of 20-based goodness right there.

Bathtub Gin 2020

£20.20 from the sale of every bottle will go to help those affected by Covid-19

And what does it actually taste like? Is it just like a supercharged Bathtub Gin? Yes and no. The second you lift your tasting glass to your nose, it’s different and distinct. It’s a great deal more complex (as you’d expect from the bolstered botanical list), but it’s genuinely different, too. The ‘regular’ Bathtub Gin starts its life as a distilled gin, and then the usual characters of juniper, orange peel, coriander, cassia, cloves and cardamom are all infused into it for an average of seven days. The new additions include dried yuzu peel, cubeb berries, camomile, silver needle tea, allspice and black pepper. The result is a distinct departure – but the family resemblance is for sure there. 

Bathtub Gin 2020 is rich, oily and inviting, with all those tasty baking spice notes enticing you in for a second sniff. On the palate, it’s distinctly Bathtub – all the usual citrus notes you get from the usual infusion, plus entirely new flavours and textures. It remains smooth and mouth-filling, but there’s some extra vibrancy from the yuzu, an intriguing forestry-floral vibe from the tea, and a delightful peppery warmth cutting through all that oiliness from the juniper. It’s a tasty little number, indeed.

And what to do with it? Gins of this intensity and vibrancy can make or break a cocktail. We reckon the oiliness will stand up well in a Negroni, and at the smidge higher 45.3%, it would absolutely sing in a G&T (just keep the tonic neutral, you don’t want to shout over all those wonderful botanical flavours). We also think Bathtub Gin 2020 would be a dreamy component in a Hanky Panky, with the sweet vermouth and Fernet-Branca beautifully balancing those sweet spices for something with a delectable punch indeed.

Bathtub Gin 2020

We recommend you enjoy it with a neutral tonic, or in a swish Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky recipe:

45ml Bathtub Gin 2020
45ml sweet vermouth
2 dashes Fernet-Branca
An orange twist to garnish

This is a super simple one – pop it all into a mixing glass with a good helping of ice and stir. Then just strain into a chilled glass and pop the orange twist on top. Voilà!

Last but not least, this isn’t just a new gin for gin’s sake. Bathtub Gin 2020 was created to help continue to raise funds for hospitality workers affected by the Covid-19 crisis. As we all know, restaurants, bars and clubs will remain affected for a very long time – challenges are myriad, from working out financially viable ways to reopen while maintaining social distancing, to opening up new platforms to sell drinks either outside or by mail order. And this is not a small problem – more than 3.2 million people are employed in the hospitality sector in the UK, according to UKHospitality. The industry has rallied round, and this is another way you can help. For every bottle of Bathtub Gin 2020 sold, £20.20 will be donated to a group of charities, including Hospitality Action, that helps those worst hit by the impact of Covid-19. Drink good stuff and do good stuff all in one!

Bathtub Gin 2020 tasting note:

Nose: Rich baking spices and black peppercorns combine with the earthy juniper for a luxuriously warming nose. Aromatic citrus peels add a vibrancy, while a fragrant tea note contributes further complexity. 

Palate: The juniper is immediately apparent and imparts a wonderfully oily texture. On the mid-palate, the nutmeg and liquorice turn into old-school cola cube sweeties, and there’s a lush berry component, too. The sweet spices give a pleasingly warming prickle around the side of the tongue.

Finish: Long and luscious, with those rich spices rolling on and on.

Overall: An incredibly complex, expressive gin. Give it a go lengthened with a neutral tonic, or in a Hanky Panky.

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Get a head start on Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is on the horizon and you know it always comes around too fast. Get ahead of the curve by sorting out a brilliantly boozy gift that can be…

Father’s Day is on the horizon and you know it always comes around too fast. Get ahead of the curve by sorting out a brilliantly boozy gift that can be delivered straight to his home.

You know it’s only a few weeks until Father’s Day, right? These occasions have a habit of creeping up on you and it’s easy to panic buy and be the child who buys dad another pair of silly socks or branded mug. We sympathise. Father’s Day is arguably the most difficult occasion to shop for. Dads always say they don’t need anything. And that’s probably true. So you need to buy him something he really wants. A bottle of something special may just be your best bet in your quest to remind your dear old dad how much he’s appreciated. Where can you find one of those? Right here. That’s where.

Get a head start on Father's Day!

The Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set 

Our very own Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set is very much a home-run when it comes to great Father’s Day gifts. It says Father’s Day on it, for a start. It really looks like you made an effort when you buy something like this. Especially as we guarantee there are five 30ml drams of superb whisky from world-class producers in this exclusive set. Plus, right now it’s over 25% off. 

The Father’s Day Whisky Tasting Set Contents:

Scallywag

Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old – The Character of Islay Whisky Company

The ONE Sherry Expression

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch

Loch Lomond 12 Year Old

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Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask

Warming, spicy and utterly delicious, this well-rounded single malt from The Balvenie was initially aged in traditional oak casks before it was finished in casks which previously held a select blend of Caribbean rums chosen by malt master David C. Stewart MBE. Perfect for those who love a good Scotch and for those who want something with a touch of the tropical to mark all this good weather we’re having.

What does it taste like?

Tropical fruits, namely passion fruit, sweet vanilla, apples, mangoes, orange and creamy toffee.

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Talisker 10 Year Old 

If sweet maritime peatiness, orchard fruit and pleasant spice sounds like the kind of profile your pops would enjoy, then you’d have a hard time bettering this classic Island dram from the Isle of Skye. Talisker 10 Year Old is one of those classic expressions that’s always got a welcome spot in any good drinks cabinet.

What does it taste like?

Smoke, sweet pear and apple peels, maritime salt, seaweed, peat, black pepper, brine and dry barley. 

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Jaffa Cake Gin

What if your father isn’t fussed with whisky? For those who have something of a sweet tooth, we recommend Jaffa Cake Gin. Yep. It’s a gin made to taste like Jaffa Cakes and even includes the timeless treat in its botanical selection. Now we’re talking. An insanely delicious Negroni awaits. Extra dad points are awarded if they position an actual Jaffa Cake on the glass in the style of a citrus wheel garnish.

What does it taste like?

Zingy orange (marmalade-esque), rich and earthy chocolate, vanilla-rich cake, a touch of almondy-goodness and a solid backbone of juniper. Also, Jaffa Cakes!

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Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva 

If rum is more your dad’s thing, then you’ll want a good premium expression that boasts a large number of fans and a trophy cabinet like Michael Jordan. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is a delightful blend of dark rums distilled from molasses in ancient copper pot stills before being matured in small oak casks for up to 12 years. This Venezuelan treat is delicious served neat or in cocktails like an Old Fashioned or Daiquiri.

What does it taste?

Dark chocolate, vanilla cream, espresso, orange peel, liquorice and sweet toffee fudge.

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Faustino I Gran Reserva 2008 

It’s hard to underestimate the brilliance of a seriously good bottle of red wine, which is exactly what we have here. This Gran Reserva comes from one of the most famous producers in the Rioja region, Bodegas Faustino and the 2008 vintage was crafted from Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes. By law Gran Reserva Riojas have to age for at least five years (two of them in oak). All that time means that by the time you reach for the corkscrew the wine has taken on some seriously complex flavours, which are best enjoyed when paired with roast lamb.

What does it taste?

Rich and subtly oak, but still manages to show off some bright summer fruit sweetness.

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Bathtub Gin

If you’re on the lookout for classic juniper-forward gin, you might as well go for a serial award winner. From Ableforth’s comes this year’s World’s Best Compound Gin at the World Gin Awards, Bathtub Gin. It was named for the 1920s Prohibition method of infusing botanicals in a bathtub, but don’t worry, this tastes a little more sophisticated than that. It was crafted with six botanicals using an interesting technique known as cold compounding. The result? An aromatic, rich profile filled with notes of orange citrus, fragrant spices and a good core of juniper. 

What does it taste?

Juniper-rich bouquet, cardamom, orange blossom and cinnamon.

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Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Make sure you’re her favourite this Mother’s Day – these are the most delicious gifts to put a smile on her face (and cement your position as top child) on…

Make sure you’re her favourite this Mother’s Day – these are the most delicious gifts to put a smile on her face (and cement your position as top child) on 22 March!

Choosing the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be a tricky game. You want to make her day. You want to be the generous one round the table. But, if you’re like us, you probably don’t want to spend a fortune either. Well, you’re in luck! We’ve scoured the warehouse shelves to pick out some of our favourite liquid pressies guaranteed to delight both your mum’s palate and your wallet. Hurrah! 

(Pssst… for the latest deals and even more gift ideas, check out our dedicated Mother’s Day page!)

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Silent Pool Gin Gift Pack, £62.95

If your mum adores all things juniper and is also partial to the prettier things in life, we can think of no better pressie than Silent Pool’s gorgeous Gift Pack. Not only is there a full-size bottle of delicious gin (botanicals include chamomile, lavender and honey locally sourced from the Surrey Hills), but there’s a pair of striking glasses, too! She’ll just have to share that G&T with you…

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Two Swallows Cherry & Salted Caramel Rum, £23.95

This flavoured rum is right up our street – and it could well be perfect for your mum, too! The rum base comes from Guyana’s Diamond Distillery (a MoM Towers’ fave), and with cherry and salted caramel too, it’s almost like a Bakewell Tart in a bottle! We also adore the 20s vibes the label is serving us. Winning all round!  

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Year Old, £41.75

An absolute classic from the world of Scotch whisky, this 12 year old, sherry cask-finished Glenmorangie single malt is a joy to behold. The influence from the Oloroso and PX casks used in the latter stages impart delectable dark chocolate, honey and dried raisin notes – a highly giftable bottle, especially if your mum likes her whisky on the luxuriously creamy side…

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Manchester Gin – Raspberry Infused £33.95

If your ma likes to try her hand at mixing drinks, this is a marvellously versatile gin. Infused with oodles of raspberries, Manchester Gin’s fruity concoction works splendidly in a Bramble, a Gin Smash, a twist on a Martini, or even splashed into a glass of fizz. A perfect gift, or one to snap up now so you can make her a drink on Mother’s Day…

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Premium Gin Tasting Set, £19.95

What if your mum’s a bit of a drinks chameleon? Perhaps exploring a world of different tipples is her favourite pastime? We’ve got all sorts of solutions! This Premium Gin Tasting Set looks the part, and comes with five deliciously different 30ml expressions to keep her entertained. But what if she likes whisky, rum, Tequila, vodka, something else? We’ve got all bases covered with our Tasting Sets range. You could even build your own for something truly tailored!

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Bowmore 15 Year Old, £52.90

Perhaps your mum is of a peated whisky persuasion and you’re stuck for what to get her. We’re big fans of Bowmore 15 Year Old, a classic Islay expression that balances that signature smoke with the rich dried fruit sweetness from its sherry cask finish. She’d have to share a dram with you – which means she’d get the gift of a catch-up, too. Two pressies in one! 

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

J.J. Corry The Sonas, £59.95

Ok, ok, we’re a bit biased on this one. But it’s our very own Irish whiskey, so how could we not be! Our editor Kristy actually blended this one with our buyer Guy, under the watchful eye of J.J. Corry founder Louise McGuane. A proper sunshine dram (‘Sonas’ means ‘happiness’ in Irish Gaelic), full of fresh fruitiness, creamy vanilla and caramelised pecan notes. And, if you buy a bottle from the J.J. Corry range, you could win a trip to Ireland to blend your very own bottling, too! That would make an epic Mother’s Day gift…

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Bathtub Gin, £28.95

A multi-award-winner, Bathtub Gin is made using a traditional cold compounding method which sees the likes of juniper, orange peel, coriander, cassia, cloves and cardamom-infused in copper pot-spirit for up to a week. The botanicals are depicted on the gift tin as well, which makes it as pretty as a bunch of flowers, but with the added bonus that you can actually drink it. What more could your mum possibly want?!

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

Aske Stephenson Garden Bramble, £28.83

We’re well on-board with this pre-mixed cocktail delight. Take the traditional blackberry-based cocktail and add in a host of florals, including elderflower and clary sage, and you get this delectably refreshing sipper that you can simply serve over ice, or give it a go with tonic. Another one that makes a cracking gift, or alternatively it’s an easy solution for pre-Mother’s Day dinner apéritifs. We think of everything. 

Top 10 brilliantly boozy Mother’s Day gifts!

That Boutique-y Gin Company Fruit-y Gin Gift Set, £19.95 

Another splendid solution to Mother’s Day gifting dilemmas if your mum is into all things gin. This brightly colourful gift set features four 50ml bottles of four fabulously flavoursome expressions (Cherry Gin, Chocolate Orange Gin, Strawberry & Balsamico Gin and Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin) from That Boutique-y Gin Company! It’s a taste extravaganza that’s highly giftable and we’re here for it. 

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Grab an incredible deal on these Gin Twins!

Gin stash looking a little bit sad? Fret not! We’ve got buy one, get one half price deals on some incredible bottles in our Autumn Gin Sale Extravaganza! The best…

Gin stash looking a little bit sad? Fret not! We’ve got buy one, get one half price deals on some incredible bottles in our Autumn Gin Sale Extravaganza! The best way to spruce up the drinks cabinet this autumn.

Picture the scene: You’ve got a pal come over for the evening. It might be to catch up on the rugby, or for dinner, or just for a bit of a gossip. You offer them a drink and they plump for a G&T. Great! You think. Until you wander to the gin shelf only to find dregs across the collection. It’s a sad time, indeed. 

But if it’s a familiar scene, fear not! We’ve got your back. To mark the changing of the season (hello autumn, in all your technicolor, crunchy-leafed wonder) we’ve sorted out some really rather tasty deals on some of our very favourite gins. Buy one, get another of the same bottle for half price bundle deals! It’s truly easy peasy. You get to restock your gin collection, or bag a perfect gift (with one in reserve for you, obvs), or get set for a seasonal soiree (Halloween’s just around the corner, you know). 

Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ve got in store for you. Check out our Gin Twins Sale Page for the full shebang, but right here, we’ve got a selection of our favourite deals to give you a taste. 

So have a peruse, snap up a bargain, and enjoy!

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Bombay Sapphire English Estate

Know the classic Bombay Sapphire? This is a reimagined version, developed to capture the tastes and aromas of the countryside surrounding the brand’s Laverstoke Mill Distillery in Hampshire. Plus, the botanical recipe is boosted with three newbies: pennyroyal mint, rosehip and toasted hazelnut. If you’re in denial about the end of summer, this gin will help keep the sunny-day spirit flowing. 

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Mermaid Gin

Hailing from the Isle of Wight, Mermaid Gin is not only delicious (rock samphire and Boadicea hops shine from among the botanicals), it looks STUNNING, too. It’s not just the perfect pressie, it’ll make your gin collection shelfie pop. Why not try it in a Bramble for an autumnal twist? Shake 50ml with 12ml lemon juice and 12ml gomme syrup, pour over ice in a rocks glass, top with some creme de mure, stir and serve with some tasty blackberries.

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Roku Gin

A Japanese gin that celebrates the shifting of the seasons while looking thoroughly beautiful! What more could you ask for this time of year? Its botanical recipe includes six local stars (sakura leaf, sakura flower, sencha tea, gyokuro tea, sansho pepper and yuzu peel), each one depicted on a different side of the embossed, multifaceted bottle. It’s a slightly earthier gin, and we’re big fans at MoM Towers.

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Bathtub Gin

Fancy trying something a little different? This cold-compounded gin sees juniper, orange peel, coriander, cassia, cloves and cardamom-infused into copper-pot still spirit over a week or so (the actual time depends on the season – it’s sampled periodically by actual humans). It’s deliciously bold but still elegant, and it has a characteristic light tint from the infusion process, too. 

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Dingle Original Gin

Behold: A juniper-based delight from Ireland! Dingle is made with locally-foraged botanicals, including the likes of bog myrtle, heather and hawthorn, transporting every sipper to the glorious Kerry landscape that the distillery calls home. It’s also highly regarded – only went and nabbed World’s Best Gin at the World Gin Awards 2019! Top stuff right here. 

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Sharish Blue Magic Gin

Don’t believe in magic? Well, you should now. This bright blue Portuguese gin turns pink before your very eyes when you add tonic! It’s all down to extracts from a flower known as blue pea – but we’d prefer to believe there’s some kind of weird sorcery going on. Aside from all the chameleon activity, it’s mighty tasty, too! Ideal for impressing pals at a dinner party. 

But that’s not all – this is just a slice of the action. Head on over to the Gin Twins sale page now to check out the entire spectrum of tastiness on offer. Buy one bottle, and pick up a second for half the price! We are good to you.

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Eight years of “really bloody tasty spirits” with Ableforth’s

To mark Ableforth’s eighth birthday, we pinned down global brand manager Jen Meredith to talk spirit production, ‘everyday success’, and challenging preconceptions both inside and outside the industry… “Our creative…

To mark Ableforth’s eighth birthday, we pinned down global brand manager Jen Meredith to talk spirit production, ‘everyday success’, and challenging preconceptions both inside and outside the industry…

“Our creative process stems from the desire to create something truly distinctively delicious – whether that’s rum, brandy, gin or something else!” Jen Meredith, Ableforth’s brand manager, is emphatic. Ableforth’s has just turned eight, and as well as celebrating, she and the team are reflecting. “Our founders wanted to create products they wanted to enjoy themselves – full of flavour and using the best ingredients,” she continues. “In that sense, we haven’t really changed at all.”

Yes, Ableforth’s has come a long way since it was established by four friends, Justin Petszaft, Ben Ellefsen, Joel Kelly and Tom McGuinness, in 2011. The plan at the outset was to create a range of “really bloody tasty spirits”, inspired by drinks and styles from the past with robust, fresh and unusual flavours.

From gins, rums, brandies, liqueurs and more, Ableforth’s has had in its fingers in many boozy pies, establishing a following for its signature products such as Bathtub Gin and Rumbullion!, and in the process collecting more awards than Meryl Streep. The secret to its success?

“We create tasty things! Really genuinely tasty things,” says Meredith. “Like a complex spiced rum rather than a pure vanilla and sugar bomb; a sweetly zesty gin, a Cherry Brandy which is made with actual real-life brandy and real cherries. It’s this approach which ensures we stand out from the crowd.”

And it’s now become quite the crowd. As of last year, England now has 166 registered distilleries. Stiff competition is part and parcel of the industry. But it’s also worth remembering that the landscape was quite different when Ableforth’s first started out. Back in 2010, England had just 23 distilleries. Ableforth’s made its mark right at the outset of the craft spirits boom.

Fundamentally, Ableforth’s approach to production has enabled it to stand out. This can be seen in its willingness to embrace time-honoured techniques such as cold compounding, which is utilised in the creation of Bathtub Gin. “The base gin is produced in a copper pot still with ten botanicals,” says Meredith. We take this, reduce it down to 45% ABV, and split it in half. One half we put to one side and the other half is where the cold-compounding, or botanical infusion, happens.”

This is the crucial bit. “Into this part of the gin, we infuse our six botanicals [juniper, dried orange peel, cardamom, cloves, coriander seeds, and cassia bark] and leave them in for at least one week. During this time the gin must be sampled and tasted repeatedly to ensure the right concentration of flavour is being achieved.” The aim is to create a gin that is highly botanically flavoured, where the flavours have been extracted at ambient temperatures to capture those which don’t survive traditional, high-temperature distillation.

There’s an obvious hue, too. “Imagine a tea bag left in room temperature water for a few hours,” Meredith explains. This gin can now be carefully blended back into the original, 10-botanical copper pot-distilled gin.”This process enables us to deliver perfect consistency on a suitable scale with the colour and exact flavour of finished Bathtub Gin. Once this is done we simply make sure that the abv is at the correct bottling strength of 43.3%, and fill the beautiful bottles”.

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Bathtub Gin is created using the time-honoured technique, cold compounding.

An appreciation of distillation techniques is just one element, however. When it comes to ingredients, “it’s less about the ‘where’ and more about the ‘what’,” according to Meredith. “We only use exceptional ingredients, no matter where in the world they come from; from the fresh botanicals we lovingly infuse into our copper pot gin, to the XO Cognac that we put into our Cherry Brandy.”

Meredith also explains that Ableforth’s don’t make compromises during the production process. “It helps us be exact in our recipes and thorough in our quality control. We don’t cut corners, and we never take shortcuts. If it takes a little longer to make it properly tasty, that’s time well spent in our opinion,” Meredith says. “You saw an example of this with our Bathtub Gin. We don’t just pop a load of fruit in with gin and let it sit, we have a precise seven-day infusion process at ambient temperature which we use to make a flavourful concentrate which we then blend back into our copper pot distilled gin. This is tested throughout the seven days, so we never miss the sweet spot.”

The recent installation of a larger infusion tank is a result of the success this approach has brought. “Our infusion tank makes this process even more precise, but mostly it enables more to be made to meet the growing demand in global markets,” says Meredith. “The process, the infusion is still a full seven days, checked and tested to ensure the very best flavours are coming out.”

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Ableforth’s employs a selective approach to its ingredients

Meredith does it make it clear that there’s a desire for Ableforth’s to remain grounded, explaining that the brand values ‘everyday success’. “It’s not just about reaching long term sales goals. We’ve seen success in our Global Award Wins, such as our recent Gold for Rumbullion! at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition. But we also absolutely love getting good feedback from the people who buy and drink our products in an email or on social media,” Meredith says. “For us, when someone takes the time to send us a little note to say they enjoyed an Ableforth’s drink that’s up there with the award wins because really, that’s what we’re all about!”

Challenges still rear their head. That faux brown paper bag wrapped around the bottle, hand pleated, twined and waxed by hand, has become increasingly recognisable, particularly on a back bar. But the style can lead to misconceptions, as Meredith explains. “Some people think that our packaging means we want to be seen as an ‘old fashioned’ brand, or that we have recipes which have been passed down for generations, which isn’t the case.” She adds, “our packaging is actually a little nod to methods of the past, back when ingredients were always the real deal and products were made with time and effort, which is exactly what we do today.”

Equally the perception of compound-style gin, which is used to create Bathtub Gin, can be a cause of frustration. “There’s a lingering misconception that this is an inferior way to make gin. Which is definitely isn’t,” Meredith says. “We’d love to be a brand that can help change people’s minds within and outside of the industry, and show that using the compounding method can create a sensational gin when done right, and we think we do it pretty damn well.”

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The eclectic Ableforth’s range, complete with distinctive faux brown paper bag, black wax and twining.

As Ableforth’s celebrates its 8th birthday this week, it’s clear the drinks producer has no intention of slowing down. The demand for delicious, bespoke spirits isn’t going away, something Ableforth’s knows all too well. “One of the most exciting things we see happening at the moment is the shift in trends,” Meredith explains. “People are much more discerning with what they buy, they want higher quality products. And that’s exactly who we make our drinks for”.

“What’s even more exciting is that this is a global phenomenon, so the UK trend which inspired our founders in Kent eight years ago, is now part of the global zeitgeist,” says Meredith. It’s been quite the ascent for Ableforth’s. World domination does seem like the next logical step…

To help you celebrate its 8th birthday in style, we’ve listed a few suggested serves below so you can make the most of some of Ableforth’s most popular products. Enjoy!

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The Bathtub Gin Southside

Bathtub Gin Southside

Ingredients: Bathtub Gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and mint leaves.

Method: Shake 50ml of Bathtub Gin, 20ml of fresh lemon juice, 10ml of sugar syrup and mint leaves over ice. Then fine strain into a coupe glass and top with soda.

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The Rumbullion! Mai Tai

Rumbullion! Mai Thai

Ingredients: Rumbullion!, Triple Sec, lime juice, Orgeat and lime wedges.

Method: Shake 40ml of Rumbullion!, 20ml of Triple Sec, 25ml of lime juice and 20ml of Orgeat over ice. Then strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with squeezed lime wedges.

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The Summer Cup Royale

Summer Cup Royale

Ingredients: Summer Fruit Cup, lemon juice, sugar syrup, orange bitters and Prosecco.

Method: Shake 40ml of Summer Fruit Cup, 20ml of lemon juice, 15ml of sugar syrup and 2 dashes of orange bitters over ice, then pour into a highball and top up with Prosecco. Garnish with an orange slice and a sprig of mint.

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Terrific New Year’s Tipples

A perfect New Year is all about family, friends, and the finest food and booze. This sublime selection of spirits, wines and beers will help you see in 2019 in…

A perfect New Year is all about family, friends, and the finest food and booze. This sublime selection of spirits, wines and beers will help you see in 2019 in style.

Let’s face, a lot of people have turned on New Year’s Eve. The over-priced, watered-down drinks. The insane queues and extortionate entry fees. The overwhelming pressure to have a good time. The dreaded annual Hootenanny …

Well, blow that for a game of soldiers! Put the enjoyment of New Year’s back on your own terms this year, starting with booze. Whether you’ve finally given up on the hype and are settling in for a night on the sofa, going to a house party to enjoy a drink among friends and family or preparing to brave the town, make sure you’ve got a terrific tipple in your hand.

From spectacular spirits, classic Champers and welcome post-Xmas bargains, we’ve got everything you need, right here. Happy New Year everyone!

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