Summer is the time for sitting outside, enjoying the sun and with a drink in hand or at least that’s the dream if you don’t live in Scotland where you’re more likely to find rain than shine but that doesn’t mean that these Caorunn tonics are off limits – it just means they’ll be drunk inside rather than out. If you want to know more about Caorunn Gin then read my post where I celebrate finishing my dissertation or from their website which has such gorgeous imagery I could sit and stare at it all day.
The Caorunn tonics which I’m sharing below were created by Stacie Stewart and were designed for gin fans who want natural goodness, vitamins and vitality from their drink. There are four in total – Red Apple Rose, Fresh Mint Zing, Zest and Honey and Citrus Cooler – which all use differing natural ingredients to create a natural and tasty Caorunn drink. I’ve shared the benefits of each of the drinks below as well as the ingredients, method and correct glassware for making each of the drinks at home.
The Red Apple Rose: Red apples contain high amounts of antioxidants and vitamin C which are key elements of a robust immune system.
The Fresh Mint Zing: Mint is known for its ability to aid digestion, relax the body and helps cleanse the body.
The Zest and Honey: Manuka Honey is a rich source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals including B6, calcium and iron. It aids digestion and is good for clear skin and strong nails.
The Citrus Cooler: Not only are citrus fruits high in vitamin C, they are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants that can neutralise free radicals and may improve blood flow. As well as boosting your metabolism to help aid weight loss.
The Red Apple Rose:
50ml of Caorunn gin
25ml Shot of Red apple juice
25ml Shot of Rosehip syrup
Method: In a shaker with ice, combine Caorunn, red apple juice and rosehip syrup and shake. Serve in a martini glass filled with crushed ice.
The Fresh Mint Zing:.
50ml of Caorunn Gin
2 Juniper berries
½ Red Apple + slices to garnish
Juice of ½ Lemon
2 Sprigs of mint.
Soda water to top.
Method: In a shaker, muddle together the juniper berries with a sprig of mint and half a red apple. Add ice, 50mls of Caorunn gin and the juice of half a lemon, shake hard and serve in a short glass filled with slices of red apple and topped up with soda water. A mint sprig to serve.
The Zest and Honey:
Glass: Vintage martini glass.
50ml Caorunn Gin
10g Manuka Honey
Juice of 1 Lemon
Dash of water
Method: In a shaker with ice, combine Caorunn with the Manuka honey, a dash of water and the juice of 1 lemon. Shake hard and strain into a martini glass.
The Citrus Cooler:
50ml Caorunn Gin
25ml of freshly squeezed or cold pressed Red apple juice
25ml of freshly squeezed or cold pressed Orange juice
25ml of freshly squeezed or cold pressed Pineapple juice
½ tsp of Turmeric.
Soda water to top
Dehydrated Orange Slice
Method: In a shaker with ice, combine Caorunn, apple, orange and pineapple juice and turmeric. Shake hard and strain into a long glass filled with ice and top up with soda water. Garnish with a dehydrated orange slice.
Now I’m honestly just praying for some really nice weather (which in Scotland is a novelty) so that I can give these a try.
Will you be trying these Caorunn tonics this summer?
Disclaimer: These recipes were provided for the post.