Alternative ingredients for Gin with #forage2glass

I love gin. Yes I know that may shock some of you but its true.

I love trying new gins and there seems to be new ones or reinvented ones cropping up all the time at the moment. Which is excellent for the gin lovers amongst us.

My first encounter with Caorunn Gin was with, who else but, the Liquorists on one of their super Gincidents. I liked it straight away- a really crisp gin with a slightly mellow taste of apples, very different to gins I’d experienced before.

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Waiting for our ride at Liquorists HQ

Caorunn are doing a rather interesting campaign at the moment which links in with their five unique celtic botanicals. Myself and group of journalists, writers and bloggers were invited on a foraging adventure to find these botanicals in the wild, just as they are found when making Caorunn.

All five of Caorunns’ Celtic Botanicals grow within 10 minutes walk of the distillery in Balmenach (actually a Scotch Whiskey distillery)  in the Cairngorm National Park. So seeing as we all couldn’t get the the Highlands of Scotland with such short notice, we were whisked off to Wardle just North of Rochdale, where our Master forager had located the five botanicals.

I have to say, despite the rain, the foraging was really good- David Winnard from Discover the Wild was excellent, and really knew his stuff.

David Winnard forage

We found the Celtic botanicals which are;

  • Rowan Berry
  • Dandelion
  • Coul Blush Apple (not actually this apple as it only grows in parts of Scotland)
  • Bog Myrtle
  • Scottish Heather
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Rainy days and bloggers! Feat. Oooh Betty who had snaffled my brolly 😉

We came across lots of other edible things on our foraging trip and its something I’d really like to explore further in the future.

Back to the gin though, and our reward for braving the weather was lunch and cocktails at the Lawn Club in Spinngfields. This was soooooo needed, its a Wild Urban Bramble Cocktail, and handily for us Caorunn gave us goody bags so we could recreate this cocktail at home.Wild Urban Bramble Cocktail Caorunn gin

So here is my version I made at home- a twist on a regular G&T;

  • Caorunn Gin,
  • Fever- Tree tonic water,
  • Elderberry syrup (which our forager David had made)
  • Sliced apple and ice

caorunn cocktail vintage glass ginIn my favourite vintage Italian glasses… It tasted great and I may just buy Caorunn instead of my regular Bombay Sapphire next time I’m gin shopping.

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Disclosure- I wasn’t paid for going on this trip, but agreed to write a little something with my views about it afterwards.