Get ready to kick your winter cocktail game up a notch with Beefeater London Dry's Winter Edition, coming to the U.S. in late November-early December, with an official launch in NYC on Dec. 6. Following the success of Beefeater's Summer Edition, Master Distiller Desmond Payne created this holiday-inspired gin featuring notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine shoots. Although I haven't tried it yet, if it's anything like Beefeater Summer, I know I'm in for a treat.
From the press release, Desmond says, “I wanted to create a gin that would enhance the traditional Beefeater recipe and make it even more suitable for hot punches and cocktails that are popular during the winter months. Beefeater Winter captures the familiar aromas of the season using a balanced combination of botanicals that are synonymous with that particular time of year.”
To get you in the holiday mood, here's a recipe for Winter Punch:
50ml Beefeater Winter Gin 100ml Madeira 10ml lemon juice 1 tsp honey 1 tsp brown sugar 1 pinch cinnamon (ground) 1 pinch nutmeg (ground) 1 clove lemon twist orange twist
In a saucepan, gently heat all ingredients—do not let the mixture boil. Decant into teacups or toddy cups and serve.