Few things are more comforting on a chilly autumn evening than a warming tipple.
And now low-cost supermarket Lidl has come up with an alternative to the usual hot toddy – and it sounds delicious.
The chain has added a spiced plum and cinnamon gin liqueur to its award-winning Hortus gin range.
Priced at £11.99 for a bottle the liqueur is best served warm and gives a nod to the flavours that make mulled wine so drinkable.
Infused with the flavour of rich plums, ginger, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon we can just imagine supping on a glass or two as the festive season rolls around.
Commenting on the launch Paul McQuade, Head of Buying for Spirits at Lidl UK: ‘In the last 12 months our premium Hortus Gin Liqueurs have continued to grow in popularity. We have expanded the Hortus range, offering our customers a wide range of new and exciting Gins and Gin Liqueurs.
‘The newest addition of the premium Hortus Spiced Plum and Cinnamon Gin Liqueur is perfect for the winter season, especially when served hot.’
And to take all the guesswork out of turning this tasty infused spirit into the ultimate party drink Lidl’s Spirits Expert, Tristan Stephenson has created the Winter Orchard Warmer recipe below.
Winter Orchard Warmer (makes one litre)
250ml Hortus Plum and Cinnamon Gin Liqueur
700ml cloudy apple juice
1 star anise
1 stick of cinnamon
Add all ingredients into a glass bottle and loosely screw the lid on. Place the bottle in a pan of water and bring to a simmer. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes, then remove the bottle using a towel, and pour into handled glasses. Finish by garnishing with star anise.
Last month the supermarket got taste buds tingling with the launch of its pomegranate and rose gin liqueur.
With so many new flavours on offer we’ll be earmarking this weekend for a cocktail making session!