April 18, 2021

Distillery partners with Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal for Christmas gin

The Old Curiosity Distillery, based in Edinburgh, is bringing back its popular Christmas gin in partnership with 2018 Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal.

The Old Curiosity Distillery’s Christmas gin is distilled with ginger, cinnamon and cardamom which gives the undeniably familiar smell of Christmas and provides a festive spicy flavour.

The ingredients used to create this gin are ‘nature distilled’, all natural and mostly sourced from the distillery’s Secret Herb Garden.

The drink is infused with mallow petals to provide a distinctive festive colour which transforms to a vibrant pink when mixed with tonic water. The flavoured gin gets its magical, colour-changing properties from a natural reaction which causes the PH levels of the gin to adjust when tonic is added.

The Old Curiosity Distillery’s Christmas gin is smooth and elegant with a light base and comes with a bespoke Gin Spiced Shortbread recipe developed by Ruby Bhogal. Garnished with a slice of dried orange peel, a cinnamon stick and a dash of tonic to activate its colour changing properties.

Ruby Bhogal

Hamish Martin, herbologist and founder of The Old Curiosity Distillery, said: “Following our initial success in 2018 where a small batch production of 50 cases sold out in a few days, we decided to make the Christmas gin a regular variant as part of our seasonal collection.

“The backbone for this gin is juniper and coriander where the seeds and berries are lightly crushed. Angelica root and the subtler flavours of the angelica leaf are used in conjunction with winter savory. These four botanicals are macerated before distillation and offer a smooth, elegant and light base gin, to which we add freshly distilled cinnamon, ginger and cardamom.

“All of our gins are made using natural herbs and botanicals which we grow on site in our Secret Gin Garden. At The Old Curiosity Distillery, we want to celebrate the natural environment through the unique and flavoursome gins we create.”

Christmas gin is 39% ABV and available from October in 50cl bottles. Purchase online at theoldcuriosity.co.uk, from department stores including Harvey Nichols, Fenwicks and Dobbies garden centre. RRP £35.