kelly magyarics

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Featured Cocktail: Hendrick's Hot Gin Punch

Hendricks-hot-gin-punch-litre-bottle When you think of a base for a winter warmer punch, gin might not come to mind. But Hendrick's Gin Brand Ambassador Jim Ryan thinks we should reconsider that notion. "With the winter upon us, I've been interested in the spicier notes," he says. "Many forget that there are a multitude of botanicals that go into making gin, many of them either citrus peel or spice."

Warm gin punches date back to the 1700's--this recipe hails from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, where it was prepared by the character Wilkens Micawber. It has a hefty amount of both gin and Madeira, as well as baking spices and citrus. Ryan served it a few weeks ago to more than two thousand consumers, who said found it not only incredibly delicious, but also very seasonal.

Hendrick's Hot Gin Punch 3 full teacups of Hendrick's Gin (24 oz.) 3 full teacups of Madeira (24 oz.) 3 cloves 1 pinch grated nutmeg 1 heaping teaspoon of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon brown sugar 6 large lemon twists 1 small slice orange 3 big chunks fresh pineapple 4 large spoons honey Juice of 1 lemon Dash of water

Mix all ingredients in a large pot. Warm up to a simmer, and let simmer for twenty minutes or until desired taste. Pour in a teapot or metal punch bowl, and serve hot with some ginger bread on the side.