Glu Gin – A heartwarming shot for the cold days
So here we are at the beginning of the winter season and in the middle of the holidays! The perfect moment for some warming drinks. Soon you’ll all be standing besides the BBQ at freezing temperatures cooking your perfect meal to serve your guests. Or just looking at the fireworks. Who doesn’t want a hot drink along with it? Maybe even something stronger. Mulled wine or Gluhwein is delicious but what if we aim for a higher standard? Combining wine and gin and bringing you the best hot shot out there: “Glu Gin”? Wouldn’t that be a holiday treat?
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Time to get going! About the Glu Gin… I had the idea for a couple of months. Being a big fan of gin and “Gluhwein” or Mulled wein I wondered if the blend would be a thing. So I started combining some remaining bottles of “Beefeater gin” (not my favorite) with Gluhwein and added some extra spices to the blend. Think about the typical cinnamon, cloves, ginger, bay leaf, … And in my favorite batch I also used dried elderflower and sukade. It’s good without but I would suggest to go for the full flavor profile in your glu gin. Besides that I also had an overload of mandarins in the fridge which I added too! And being a big fan of rosemary I decided to add it too! After some slight changes I had found myself a perfect glu gin recipe. It sure gets you hot! Actually I’m quite proud at this recipe since I think it has a beautiful flavor development. The combo is just perfect to me!
How to serve?
With the glu gin you have several serving options leading to different accents. You can serve it Ice cold. These mulled gin shots are a bit stronger since the alcohol isn’t evaporating. Yet it’s emphasize is more on the sweeter ingredients. Think of the best candy you could find in a drink! Don’t be afraid the sweets are balanced! Yet we prefer it hot! The heartwarming glu gin get’s the chance to develop it’s best flavors when served warm. The herbs used in the glu gin present themselves in a beautiful way. To empower the taste of the spices you can add a twig of charred rosemary! I bet you would especially go outdoors just to get yourself another reason to pour another glas of this delicious tasting hot cocktail.
The Brotherhood introduction
But there’s more than just a recipe in this post! BBQ and holidays are not only about food and drinks! It’s a time where people connect with each other. To some of us the religious foundations make it a celebration of christianity. To other people the Christian foundation got lost but the true spirit remains: “Celebrating in peace and harmony with your beloved ones”. A perfect moment to introduce “The Brotherhood”. Based upon an interest in food and drinks I connected with the dutch blogger: “Roel Osfa” from the blog “FoodbyOsfa“. Soon we found out we were working on some similar ideas and decided we might be stronger to work these out together! “The Brotherhood” was born. Helping each other out taking our first steps in making or own flavored liquors, cocktails and other beverages. Belgium and the Netherlands united for booze!
On a mission
Call it a mission or just call it having fun. It doesn’t matter after all. All we want to achieve with the Brotherhood is expanding our limits by testing some new ideas. We’re both new to the “liquor scene” and full of ideas we want to test. You can expect us to bring some boozy content every once a while. We’re thinking in seasons starting with a warming drink for the cold winter days. I’m bringing you the Glu-Gin and Roel brings us his version of the “Wassail“. A spicy hot mulled cider that’s rather unknown in our region. In the future we will bring different versions of our ideas and link to the other recipe! It’s your choice to make. Here’s a teaser for next winter’s liquor. It took us a bit longer than we hoped to get it the way we wanted so you’ll have to wait for next year to try our jolly juice. Meanwhile have a look at these recipes or try the Sneaky Bastard.
Come on and tell us what you think about this boozy cocktail! Would you try it for the cold days outside? Or do you have some inspiring drinks we can take a look at? We’d love to read all about it on social media or in comments below! And please don’t hesitate to share this post with your beloved ones!
On a cold winter night you need to warm yourself! This delicious hot cocktail will do the trick in several ways! Try the glu gin and you’ll find out what love on first taste feels like! Time to make a couple of liters now! Those bottles go way to fast! So drink with care 🙂
- 500 ml Gin best result for now with beefeater gin
- 500 ml Gluhwein best result for now with Christkindles markt Gluhwein
- 300 ml water
- 200 gr. sugar
- 1 thumb sliced ginger
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 cloves
- 2 mandarins with peel
- 2 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 tsp sukade dried candied citron peel
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 2 tsp dried elderflower optional (but delicious)
Take a pan and add the sugar and all flavorizers. Wait a couple of minutes for the sugar to extract the flavors and slightly start to heat.
If you can’t find some of the spices you might use this mulling spices mix too or just go creative and try out your own profile!
Once the sugar is melting pour the water in the pan and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Filter the spices out of the syrup and let cool down.
Mix the gin, gluhwein and homemade syrup.
Gently heat the glu gin but make sure it doesn’t boil.