Congratulations. You are a survivor. You’ve just made it through one of the most challenging years in living memory and that in itself is quite an achievement. It’s been tough, many of us have not been so lucky. We’ve been separated from our families, isolated from our communities and normal life has been put on hold until this virus has been beaten. So, in a year where it doesn’t seem like we have a lot to celebrate, there is one thing we know we can raise a glass of gin punch to – the start of 2021!
Keeping your spirits up
And while we recognise that this New Year’s Eve will be a slightly more modest affair than usual and the big parties have been put on hold, there is still every reason to keep your spirits up with a few gin-based drinks. We’ve already introduced you to the delights of the Spanish 75 (a twist on the French 75 using cava instead of champagne for a smoother, better balanced drink).
Get the party going with a gin punch!
We also mentioned that we’d be sharing a gin punch recipe for New Year’s Eve that is easy to make, deceptively strong and gets the party off to a quick start. Plus, it has the added advantage of eliminating the need to constantly go back and make fresh drinks. Just make a big batch in advance and dip in whenever you need a refill. So, after some exhaustive research, here’s a really easy and delicious gin punch recipe that is guaranteed to get the party going. With only around 200 Kcals per glass, this recipe will serve 8 people and can be rustled up in as little as 10 minutes. It is fruity, spicy and strong and the gentle heat of the ginger beer along with the sweetness of the pomegranate gives it a lovely, warming winter feel – just right for New Year’s Eve.
Easy to make, easy to scale!
Plus, it can easily be scaled up by doubling (or tripling) the ingredients. All you need is a bigger bowl. We think this recipe lends itself to a Twisted Nose gin. This Hampshire-gin is distilled with the gentle warmth of locally grown watercress for a little extra peppery depth. We think this is the perfect way to dial up the flavour this New Year’s Eve – and we’re pretty sure that after a few of these, you’ll be dancing at midnight. Just make sure you’re socially distanced!!
Happy 2021, gin lovers – you deserve the best!
Gin punch recipe
- 400g of gin (Twisted Nose will work well with this)
- 180ml Chambord (or raspberry liqueur)
- 160ml pomegranate juice
- 4tbsp ginger sugar syrup (from a jar of stem ginger)
- Grated zest and juice of 2 limes (plus extra wedges)
- 320ml (or more) to taste of chilled, peppery ginger beer (we recommend Fentimans or Fever Tree)
- Half fill a punch bowl with ice.
- Pour in the gin, Chambord, Pomegranate juice, ginger syrup and lime juice.
- Then stir, before adding a few more lime wedges
- Top up with ginger beer (add as much as you like to achieve your preferred taste)
- Ladle the drink into 8 punch glasses or heavy tumblers
- Make sure everyone gets loads of ice
- Garnish with a lime zest
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
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