Hayman’s Gin Review – Plus 2 Gin cocktail recipes!

The other day, I was asked if I would like to try a few little samples of Hayman’s London Dry Gin. Now, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I was going to be more than up for that!

My samples arrived Friday, just in time for the weekend, and so I indulged in a couple tasters (it would have been rude not to) as well as concocting a couple of delicious cocktails for you all using their Gin.

Having heard of Hayman’s but never trying it before, I was intrigued to see what sets it apart from the abundance of other Gin’s that are available to us here in the UK. Read on for my recipes and to see what I thought of their Gin!


 A bit about Hayman’s…

Hayman’s currently distill six different gins and the Hayman’s family have been in the gin making business for generations. The company is currently run by James and Miranda Hayman, along with their father Christopher Hayman.

Why couldn’t I be descended from a line of Gin distillers?

*sigh*

The story of Hayman’s Gin began with Christopher’s great-​grandfather, James Burrough, who was a curious and charismatic pharmacist. In 1863 he bought a gin and liqueur rectifying business on Cale Street in London and started producing a range of cordials, medicinal ingredients and gin. His coveted gin recipes, which we still follow today, can be found scribbled in notebooks dating back to that time.

Over subsequent years, James Burrough’s sons joined the family business, exporting their gins to the USA and Canada under the Burrough name. Neville Hayman, husband of Marjorie Burrough (James Burrough’s granddaughter), was the first Hayman to join the family business in 1951 – which was now well known for producing, among others, Beefeater Gin. He helped shape the company to make sure we could survive the aftermath of WWII, which included rationalisation of the gin styles made. And just 18 years later, he was joined by his son, Christopher Hayman.

In 1987, the family business was sold to the then brewer, Whitbread. It could have been the end, but the Hayman side of the family were not ready to leave a life of gin making behind. And who would be?! So Christopher Hayman gallantly led the way in buying back James Burrough Fine Alcohols Division Limited, changed the company name to Hayman Distillers and worked tirelessly for a number of years get them to a position where they could begin to do just that again.

Christopher, James and Miranda still continue to run the business today, upholding family traditions with an inherent passion for distilling original gins.

All for the love of gin, eh? Wonderful.


A ‘Gin-uine’ review of Hayman’s London Dry Gin

As the name might suggest, Hayman’s London Dry Gin is a classic style of gin. Distilled using a family recipe, with a blend of 10 different botanicals which are steeped for a full day prior to distillation to allow the flavours to release into the alcohol, it has gentle hints of juniper, coriander, lemon and orange peel. These flavour combinations are what help this Gin to taste like a traditional London Dry Gin, which I really love. The more unusual botanicals used in Hayman’s London Dry Gin are orris root, cinnamon, cassia and nutmeg. Despite the taste of this gin being classic, it’s strong juniper and citrus hints make it anything but mundane. Hayman’s London Dry Gin  was launched in 2008 and is bottled at 40% ABV. It’s definitely a Gin I would happily stock in my drink cupboard and indulge in regularly thanks to it’s fairly affordable price tag, retailing at about £25 for 70cl in most shops. An easy to drink, traditional London Dry Gin.

Image – haymansgin.com


Here are 2 Cocktail recipes I’ve created using Hayman’s London Dry Gin. Happy Drinking!

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Gina nd Amaretto Martini with Hayman's Gin

Coconut, Lime and Gin Fizz


 You can find out more about Hayman’s and their Gin’s by visiting their website.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of Hayman’s Gin in return for an honest review. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own.



#SportsNightIn – Planning a summer of sport with friends!

Summer is officially here. The weather this week has been truly balmy, I can’t actually recall a week where the weather was ever quite so hot, despite the fact Glastonbury is on! It’s a miracle!

Sadly I am not at Glastonbury watching the Foo Fighters this weekend, but I am sure I will enjoy watching it unfold on TV from the comfort of my own sofa, oh, and in my PJ’s. Comfort – very important these days.

Gosh I’m old.

On that point, now myself and my pals are hitting that illusive stage called ‘middle age’ and we have work, kids and busy lives to cope with, going out isn’t as appealing as it once was. Finding childcare for the kids so we can escape can sometimes be tricky so nights in are certainly how we roll these days. I love entertaining, as do most of our friends, and it’s great that the kids can all play together whilst the adults have a drink and some food. I feel really lucky that we get to do it actually, we’ve made many happy (and hilarious) memories over the years during these type of evenings.

With Wimbledon and The Tour de France on the horizon, as well as the F1 and the Lions Rugby tour which are already underway, it’s going to be a busy few weeks and months of sport watching in our household! I love Wimbledon. I’ve always watched and I vividly remember zooming home from Secondary school as quickly as I could to watch Tim Henman play a few years back. It’s such a great competition full of nostalgia, tradition and excitement. Can Andy Murray do it again I wonder?

I also love the F1. As much as I moan about the fact my husband spends 6/7 hours glued to the TV on race weekends (yeah, that is pretty annoying actually, the kids don’t look after themselves you know) I did used to enjoy sitting and watching a race play out. This season has certainly been more exciting than previous ones and it’s still all to play for halfway through the season.

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 As I mentioned, for us, staying in is the new going out so we are planning on having some friends over within the next few weeks for a #SportsNightIn party. Probably to watch a bit of Wimbledon.

I’ve been thinking of what food and drink I am going to serve up (see what I did there? Tennis? Serve? Never-mind…) and also about some games the kids can play whilst the adults are watching.

Here’s what I have in mind for my #SportsNightIn party so far…

Food

Party ring biscuit recipe

The most important part of any party for me is food. I have to make sure people don’t go hungry and I always over-cater but anything left over won’t go to waste, it just means food the next day is sorted already! Winner!

In my opinion, the best food for a sports night in party is either;

A one pot meal – such as Chilli, bolognese or lasagne, which you can just serve up with some rice, pasta or garlic bread and salad

or…

Buffet food – such as Bread, Quiche, Pizza, Meats, Cheese, Salads, Arancini and nibbles. Oh, and don’t forget the sausage rolls!

Cooked Arancini balls

And for afters;

Puddings – such as Profiteroles, Pavolva or some nice homemade scones with Jam and Clotted Cream.

Foods like this are ideal for a party because they can be prepared in advance and you won’t be stood, slaving away in the kitchen whilst everyone else is enjoying the sport and chatting. A BBQ is nice in good weather but it means that someone is always outside cooking and it’s also quite a lot of work for a crowd. A strawberry and cream pavlova would be a wonderful pudding to accompany a spot of Wimbledon watching – the tournament is famed for it’s strawberries!

Drink

Almost as important as food in my eyes! It’s always a good idea to have the usual suspects to offer guests for a party…

Beer

Ale

Wine and Prosecco

Soft fizzy drinks such as Cola, Lemonade and something I love to have, Elderflower Cordial with Soda water.

…but it’s also a good idea to offer a cocktail and maybe even a DIY ‘bar’ area with some spirits and mixers out so people can help themselves. Putting all the beers and bottles of wine in a bucket of water filled with ice in the garden is a great way to keep people out of the kitchen where you might be zooming about sorting food (and having a sneaky much on the stuff before you put it out obviously – chef’s perk) and keeps them all cold and your fridge clear of bottles.

Why not try filling a large drinks dispenser with Pimms? Another must have for Wimbledon watching! Then people can serve themselves and the first couple of hours of drinks are taken care of.

Pimms and Gin

A cocktail such as this Cherry Bakewell Prosecco is easy to make and looks just like champers. Perfect for accompanying you to your centre court seat at home!

Entertainment

Whilst you’re waiting for the main event of the sport to start, why not have some garden games setup such as giant jenga, boules, football or darts!? These are great ways to keep people entertained whilst you finish off any last minute preparations. Alternatively, just stick your fave music playlist on, turn the speakers up, sort out the garden furniture, and sit and chat with a drink and some nibbles. That would be my preference!

Decor

I don’t normally do much in the way of decor for a party, unless it’s a birthday or a football final (which we never make!) but I have just bought some bunting and some solar lights for the garden which I will put out when we have our friends over. I also love fresh flowers, especially Sunflowers and Peonies this time of year, and candles. I got a lovely big lantern that looks fab once a candle is lit inside it and I always put that on when I have people over. Make sure you put lots of seating out for people, even if that means bean bags or garden chairs indoors! Nobody likes having to stand for hours on end.


What sport will you be watching this Summer?

I’ll be back with an update on how my #SportsNightIn party went in a few weeks. I’m sure it’ll be eventful at some point if previous experiences of my life are anything to go by!


 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Contact Numbers UK. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own.



Pick your Poison: Strawberry and Rose Gin Fizz

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend at last! And the sun is (kind of) out! It’s a miracle!

To celebrate the fact it’s a long weekend (and because it’s my birthday tomorrow) last night I had some of my Silent Pool Rose Gin. I hadn’t had any for a while (mainly because it’s a special limited edition bottle so I find myself rationing it! #frugal) and I had almost forgotten how lovely it is. I do love a hint of rose flavouring in food and drink (Cadburys Turkish Delight – which by the way has been discontinued due to ‘peoples tastes changing’. WTAF Cadburys?! – and Fentimans Rose Lemonade I’m looking at you).

After having a few Strawberries ripen in the garden yesterday, I thought I’d put them to good use in a cocktail. Here is my recipe for Strawberry and Rose Gin Fizz. You don’t have to have Rose Gin to make this cocktail by the way, but should you happen to own some, you can use that in place of the rose water in the recipe.

Perfect for sipping in the sunshine. Happy Bank Holiday folks.


  Strawberry & Rose Gin Fizz recipe




Pick your Poison: Lucky Charm Milkshake Cocktail

Something for the weekend maybe?

I am in my thirties and until this week, I had never eaten Lucky Charms. Boxes of this beloved American cereal cost a lot over here in the U.K (often £6/£7 per box!) so when I saw they were on offer whilst out and about last week, I thought I would treat the kids (ok, and myself) to some. I know they’re full of sugar, and lord knows what else, but as a treat? Why not I say. It’s not like they’re going to be eating them every morning.

A little of what you fancy does you good, right?!

Anyhow, after tasting them and seeing them floating about in my milk, I thought, wouldn’t they make a lovely addition to the top of a milkshake! So I got creative. Here is the result.

You can make it alcoholic by adding in 50ml of Vanilla vodka or make it kid/pregnancy/breastfeeding friendly by leaving that out and adding in a dash of vanilla essence instead.

A complete treat, and not something to have too often unless you want type 2 diabetes, but absolutely worth a taste!

(My kids shared a non-alcoholic one between the 3 of them – just throw 3 straws in the jar and let them at it – just as a guide).


 Lucky charm milkshake cocktail recipe




Pick your Poison: Gin, Lemon and Passionfruit Collins

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend!

Can I get a hell yeah?!

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Truly, I am massively sorry if you have to work this Bank Holiday or if you’re a parent who has children that don’t give a toss about what this kind of weekend means for a grown up. Ie; sleeping in, not waking up in the middle of the night to tell you they’ve just eaten a bogey, going to bed on time so you can watch a film and drink cocktails, that kind of thing…

Regardless of the ungodly hour my toddler is going to get me up tomorrow, I will be using tonight as an opportunity to have a cocktail or two. It’d be rude not to.

Seen as the sun has been out this afternoon and I have been busy in the garden planting strawberry plants (thanks mum and dad for those beauts) I am feeling a little…fruity.

No, not that kind of fruity.

Summery.

Ah, you know what I meant.

This is a recipe for a Gin, Lemon and Passionfruit Collins and it is all those things personified.

Summery, fruity, perky, perfect.


 Passionfruit, lemon and gin collins recipe