While the kids are sucking on those ubiquitous sickly-sweet, slightly minty, candy cane lollies, we’ll be lounging with our feet up, sipping on our own grown-up version of candy cane – in the form of a Christmas gin martini.
Yes, we’ve just heard that there is such a thing as Candy Cane Christmas Gin. And surprise surprise, its Santa Claus red.
The gin is the genius idea of master distillers, Eden Mill, of St Andrews in Scotland. The spirit is described as a Christmas inspired gin that is sweet on the palate leading to a warmer, rich minty character with hints of light berry fruits.
And of course, no candy cane is the same without that hint of menthol. The festive gin uses peppermint for flavour, and bilberry and hibiscus to hit that gorgeous ruby colour.
This is Christmas Gin at its very best.
The drink launched last year and has become a festive gin essential and the talk of the party! Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Candy Cane (Gin) or two!
The distiller recommends simply adding the Christmas Gin to your favourite tonic and garnishing with a candy cane (of course). Or adding a generous dollop to spike up your hot chocolate. YUM!
We personally are going to be getting through summer with litres of Christmas gin Slushies.
Try our recipe for a Christmas Candy Cane Martini
80ml Candy Cane Christmas Gin
30ml Vanilla Schnapps
30ml Cranberry Juice
Shake up all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker
Shake well and strain into a martini glass.
Serve with a candy cane
To add an extra special festive touch, crush some candy canes and place in a dish. Place some water in another dish. Dip the rim of the martini glass into the water and then into the crushed candy.
You can buy Candy Cane Christmas Gin in Australia from Master of Malt for $39.67 a bottle.
What is your favourite Christmas drink? Tell us in the comments below.