As we are currently in the middle of Afternoon Tea Week (10th to 16th August) we thought we would take a look at a twist on the traditional British tradition with Boodles Gin and the Boodles Butler, who is the ultimate expert on traditional British etiquette, as he guides us through the perfect gin tea-pot serves.
Established back in 1845, Boodles Gin is a premium British gin produced exclusively in the UK according to the London Dry Gin production standards. 40% alcohol by volume (ABV), Boodles Gin contains no citrus and obtains its unique flavour from a number of botanicals including sage, rosemary and nutmeg. It has a clean and crisp taste, making for the perfect Boodles Gin & Tonic or Martini.
As much as I am partial to a glass of bubbly with my afternoon tea, I have increasingly noticed alternatives being offered, particularly themed cocktails, so some refreshing Boodles Gin cocktails sound enticing.
Boodles Gin itself is a modern take on an English tradition, so whether you are enjoying a lunch out with friends or creating your own version of afternoon tea at home, how about swapping out the usual pot of tea and bubbly for a refreshing gin cocktail, particularly in this hot weather we have been enjoying.
The cocktails are of course made in teapots, using the full range of Boodles British Gin, which includes the Rhubarb & Strawberry and Mulberry variants which are an essential component to the perfect High Tea.
Of course, if you are going to prepare an afternoon tea, it really should be served properly with finger sandwiches, delicious freshly made scones with lashings of strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream and of course the finest bone-china pots. And do avoid putting ice in the pot itself, only place it in the serving cup.
With this in mind, here are three gin cocktails you might like to try making at home using Boodles Gin.
The first is Rhuby Martinez which is a rather fruity number and is made with 150ml Boodles Rhubarb & Strawberry Gin, 60ml sweet vermouth and 20ml maraschino liqueur. To make, combine all of the ingredients into a teapot and fill a teacup with ice. Then stir and strain the ingredients into teacup and garnish with a lemon twist for the perfect refreshing summer cocktail.
Our second cocktail is Gin & Gomme which is a perfect summer herbal refresher and is prepared with 150ml Boodles Gin, 60ml Pineapple Juice, 45ml Mango Purée (blended chopped mango) and
60ml fresh lemon juice. Shake all the ingredients thoroughly and pour into a teapot. Fill a teacup with ice and then pour the contents into the teacup, top with a tiny splash of soda and garnish with a fresh sprig of coriander.
Our third and final cocktail is Mulberry Bramble Cocktail which is made with 150ml Boodles Mulberry Gin, 90ml Fresh lemon juice, 90ml Crème de Mure (Blackberry Liqueur), Lemon half wheel and some blackberries. Combine all the ingredients in a teapot. Fill a teacup with ice and stir and strain the ingredients into teacup. Then garnish with a lemon half wheel and blackberries.
Boodles® Gin is available nationwide at Sainsbury’s and most exclusive bars and retailers, but for more information, please visit: www.boodlesgin.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Boodles® Gin