Calling all gin and cake lovers - Mrs Cuthbert’s is a new range of British Gin Liqueurs. The inspiration came from one of the founder’s late Aunt Dorothy, aka Mrs Cuthbert. Born and bred in Yorkshire, Dorothy was a frugal home-baker, typical of the 1940s and 1950s era. She was also partial to gin and liked to garnish her G&Ts with a cake or pudding ingredient, creating bespoke cocktails.
The first flavours in the range include: Mrs Cuthbert’s Parma Violet - Mrs Cuthbert’s Rhubarb & Custard Crumble - Mrs Cuthbert’s Lemon Drizzle - Mrs Cuthbert’s Cherry Bakewell. Serve with tonic or prosecco. Don't they all sound fantastic?
Mrs Cuthbert’s Gin Liqueurs are bottled at the Yarm Distillery in North Yorkshire. They come in 50cl bottles, have an ABV of 20% and RRSP of £13.99. Available from Amazon; B&M stores; thedrinkshop.com; local retailers, pubs & bars
Cheers to a boozy - vegan and gluten free - brew!
For those with a penchant for tea, whisky or both, British brand NOVELTEA has paired the two and created The Tale of Oolong - an infusion of Chinese oolong tea with red rose petals, papaya, mango flakes and Scotch whisky. The Tale of Oolong is the brand's third infusion of tea with spirit, the ready-to-drink tipple can be served either hot, cold or as a key cocktail ingredient.
Developed by artisan mixologists, NOVELTEA originally launched their concept in 2017 with The Tale of Earl Grey (an infusion of black Earl Grey tea with British gin and botanicals) and The Tale of Tangier (an infusion of Moroccan green mint tea withspearmint, dried lemongrass, dried apple, blackberry leaves and Caribbean white rum).
Britain is a nation of tea lovers. After water, it's the most consumed beverage. Founders Efferoth and Passia are on a mission to disrupt the drinks industry and create a new category in the alcohol market – tea with spirit.
Fudge fans are in the pink to hear about the an exciting new flavour from Cornish confectioner Buttermilk. The family-run firm has joined forces with Pinkster Gin to create a sharing box of crumbly fudge flavoured with gin-soaked raspberries.
Pinkster founder Stephen Marsh has long been a Buttermilk fan and years later by happy coincidence, Buttermilk approached the Cambridge-based gin connoisseur to suggest that their inebriated British raspberries, known as Boozy Berries, would be a fabulous addition to the range.
Tracy McDonnell Goad, director of Buttermilk, said: “Fudge and gin is a match made in heaven, two treats in one, so we are delighted to collaborate with another craft producer to create this scrumptious indulgence. The Pinkster raspberries give the fudge a beautiful fruity flavour."
The sharing box is available at Waitrose.
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