Apple Bobbing is a popular game played traditionally in England for Halloween. Players must use just their mouths to catch apples from a bucket of water, with the quickest player crowned the winner.
This recipe used a homemade cassia sugar syrup. Cassia is one of the Hayman’s ten botanicals used to add delicate spice and warmth. Just like our True English Gin, this requires one day to steep in order for the flavours to fully develop.
It may sound counter-intuitive, but make sure your glass is full to the brim with ice, to ensure that your drink doesn’t become diluted. The more ice in your glass, the slower it melts, meaning less risk of dilution.
The nuanced world of bitters is at the heart of a Negroni. Experimenting with different types of bitters will add a range of subtle twists to this classic cocktail. A drop of Peach Bitters will create a soft, rounded mouthfeel whilst Orange Bitters will enhance the drink’s natural sweetness.
To make the sherbet, muddle the peel of 2 lemons and 2 oranges with 230g of caster sugar in a Kilner jar. Leave for several hours (ideally overnight), shaking the mixture occasionally, until it becomes a syrup. Remove the peel, add 100ml lemon juice and 85ml orange juice and stir until dissolved. Keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
Pour the gin into a champagne flute, followed by the sherbet.
Slowly top with the sparkling wine.
Garnish with a twist of orange zest.
For the true taste
Making your own sherbet will not only take you back to your childhood, but it allows you to capture your own perfect balance of sweet and sour that embodies a classic sherbet. If you’re after a truly mouth-puckeringly sour finish, add a bit of extra lemon zest and juice.
Double strain into a chilled glass (already filled with crushed ice)
Garnish with a wedge of lemon and fresh basil leaves.
How do you make crushed ice? You can get small handheld machines … but it is also easily made with things you already have at home. Place ice in a tea towel, fold it in half, then in half again. Then hit it for about a minute with a rolling pin, and viola – crushed ice!
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