Warm your cockles with these delectable mixes using Cornish spirits 

Colwith Farm Distillery’s Festive Old Fashioned 

This is a lighter take on an Old-Fashioned cocktail, for those who like the drink but perhaps find them on the strong side. This version is much more accessible and should be a crowd-pleaser! It uses Aval Dor Christmas gin (35cl £27, 70cl £42), with has been completely reinvented for 2021: think fresh orange and piney juniper at the fore, giving way to delightfully balanced cinnamon and nutmeg spices, finishing with lingering notes of aromatic cloves. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag 
  • 1 sugar cube or 2-3 tsp graulated sugar 
  • 25ml Aval Dor Christmas gin 
  • Orange/cinnamon stick/star anise to garnish 

Method (single serve): 

  • Make a strong cup of Earl Grey – leave the teabag to steep in 100ml boiling water for a minimum of 5 minutes. 
  • In a rocks glass, add the sugar and soak with a few dashes of angostura bitters. 
  • Add 35ml of the strong Earl Grey, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. 
  • Add 25ml Aval Dor Christmas gin 
  • Stir, then fill with ice. 
  • Stir again, and garnish.  

8 Track’s Hot Butter Spiced Rum  

8Track (70cl £34.95) is a refreshing new spice rum, made from fine Guyana and smooth eight-year-old vintage Barbados rums, and infused with Seville oranges, vanilla, cloves, ginger and cinnamon. This warm cocktail is ideal for a winter’s evening by the fire. www.8trackrum.com 

Ingredients (serves 2):  

  • 20ml vanilla syrup 
  • 20ml honey 
  • 20ml cinnamon syrup (or cinnamon powder?) 
  • 2 spoons of butter 
  • 150ml apple juice (cloudy is better) 
  • 100ml 8track 

Method: 

  • Place all ingredients in a small saucepan.  
  • Warm gently and stir.  
  • Pour into two Irish whisky glasses and serve hot.