Food & Drink

Let autumn be-gin

Shake up some homemade cocktails with recipes inspired by Highland gin Caorunn’s Scottish craftsmanship, and created by world-class mixologist, Walter Pintus

An Afternoon in the Highlands

A sophisticated take on the classic G&T, this cocktail involves a fermentation process that brings a concentration of acidity, fruitiness and umami notes, all embraced with some quinine aromatics and a hint of floral smoke, for an extra layer of flavour.

40ml Caorunn | 30ml raspberry cordial or raspberry fermentation | 25ml lemon juice | 40ml tonic water | 2ml peat whisky (we like to use anCnoc Peatheart)

Glass: Try a tumbler or gin balloon glass

Garnish: Wildflowers

For the raspberry cordial, stir together 500 grams of caster sugar with one litre of water and 200g raspberries in a pan. Bring it to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Let it cool down, strain and refrigerate. Or, if using a raspberry fermentation, weigh 20 grams of raspberries, add 5 grams of salt and wait three to four days.

Stir all the ingredients with ice and serve in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with wildflowers.

Cocktail tip from Walter: This straightforward recipe can be built directly in the glass, over ice cubes. If you don’t have a measure, you can use the screw cap from a bottle, which takes roughly 10ml of liquid.

 

Celtic Remedy 

A celebration of one of Britain’s best-loved summer berries, this cocktail has a bittersweet character and a refreshing, fruity finish. Light and amble, this drink is perfect for a sunny afternoon tipple.

30ml Caorunn Gin | 10ml Campari | 2.5ml cider vinegar | ¼ apple | 1 blackberry | 10ml sugar syrup

Glass: A tumbler

Garnish: Blackberries 

In a shaker, muddle the apple and the blackberry together. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake. Double strain over ice and garnish with a blackberry.

Cocktail tip from Walter: If you don’t have a shaker, a clean, empty jar will do the job. Just remember to seal it before you start shaking – and be sure to strain all the fruit out before serving.

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