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From hedgerow to hut – Our top 3 winter cocktail picks

Forage your way to a festive tipple

Entertaining becomes especially enchanting at this time of year, but there’s no reason to head indoors. Light the firepit, festoon your hut with twinkling lights, pile on the jumpers and head outside to enjoy a warming winter cocktail inspired by our favourite winter ingredients.

You’ll find us foraging in the Dorset hedgerows, the herb garden, or simply rummaging in the larder for the seasonal flavours that give these three drinks some extra festive cheer.

Hedgerow Royale

(Makes 1 drink) 50ml Prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled 25ml sloe gin 25ml cherry brandy 1 rosemary sprig crushed ice

Method:

Pour sparkling wine over crushed ice in a coupe glass. Lightly bruise rosemary sprig in hand before dropping it into the glass. Slowly pour sloe gin and cherry brandy so they sink to the bottom. Serve immediately.

Image:  Miriam Nice

Cranberry and Sloe Gin Martini

(Makes 1 drink)
50ml gin
15ml sloe gin
15ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon cranberry jelly
1 rosemary sprig, to garnish

Method:

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker and shake vigorously until shaker is very cold.
Strain into a chilled glass.
Garnish with rosemary sprig to serve.

Image: Caroline Childerley

Mulled Sloe Gin

(Makes 1 drink)
50ml sloe gin
100ml cloudy apple juice
100ml clementine juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 whole cloves
1 orange wheel, studded with cloves

Method:

Pour sloe gin into a hot toddy glass.
Heat apple and clementine juices together gently, along with cloves, vanilla extract and cinnamon stick. Strain mixture into glass and mix together with gin. Garnish with clove-studded orange wheel
.