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We love collaborating with other small businesses and when it comes to cocktails there is only one person we go to. So, to create the perfect Valentine's Cocktail we asked Tom at Kindred Spirit Cocktails for help.
Our latest collaboration showcases Shed Loads of Love Gin. Full of floral and strawberry notes with a hint of chilli, it won a Great Taste Award and the judges described it as: Lavender florals are apparent on the nose along with strawberry. Buoyancy of fruit and flowers is followed by a pleasant wave of chilli, plus the gin botanicals sitting deep. Tonic opens up the strawberry and florals even further. Perfect for your Valentine at any time of the year!
“Tom has a real talent for mixology and is our go-to when we want to create something special. We all had quite a few tastings before finding the perfect balance of flavours. A difficult job, but someone’s got to do it!"
During lockdown, Tom’s been delivering (locally and nationally) his signature Cocktail Boxes to be enjoyed at home, “With the current situation, it’s been nice to be able to bring some joy to people and hearing about how we helped make a lockdown birthday etc. We’re also going to be launching a ‘date night’ box to include drinks, nibbles and an activity. The first one we have lined up is an escape room. It can be done from home so looking forward to seeing how that goes.”
We continue to deliver all things Gin locally, and our online website includes free, nationwide postage. Aa Andy says, “Lockdown’s been difficult for everyone, but we’ve been very grateful for all the support we have from our customers. We’re looking forward to welcoming the public back to The Shed when it’s safe. Once we can open again we’ll be offering our Make Your Own Gin Experiences. We’re also excited to have more Weddings at The Shed and I think this cocktail will be perfect for the couples and their guests!”
Shed 1 Valentini Cocktail
50 ml Shed Loads of Love Gin
4 Fresh Strawberries
5 Black Peppercorns
10 ml Sugar Syrup*
1 – 2 drops of rose water
Hull the strawberries and drop into a shaker with the peppercorns.
Muddle until soft.
Add the remaining ingredients.
Fill with ice and shake for a good 20 seconds.
Fine strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a strawberry heart.
For a longer drink, strain into 2 champagne flutes and top with Prosecco (we've used Booth’s Prosecco Brut. Known as "The Waitrose of the North"...but better!), or into a tall glass full of ice and top with a crisp Tonic or simply Soda.
*2:1 sugar and water. Heat until sugar dissolves. Let cool, bottle, and store in the fridge.
Happy Valentine's Day!