There is something about summer that calls for a cocktail to celebrate warm evenings and get togethers with your favourite people. The artisan award winning Rosemullion Distillery, which has been operating from a Helford orchard since 2018, has invented for us two new recipes for your special occasions. As their products are created, fermented, distilled and bottled in Cornwall using Cornish ingredients – including Cornish harvested rainwater – they are perfect for drinking while on holiday or getting married here. And when you have returned home, they will keep your memories of Cornwall alive.
Their founder and mixologist Andy Bradbuy says: ‘We enjoy making Rosemullion spirits because we enjoy the simple things in life – family, friends and the outdoors – and the social aspects of all those. Our spirits encapsulate that in a bottle. When we entertain here, we want to enjoy our time with our guests so that means quality spirits, either in a cocktail or a with a mixer.
We put the time in ahead not just by making the spirits but also by inventing new cocktails and we are happy to share our ideas. With these mixes I wanted to create cocktails that highlight the delicious flavours of our Summer Gin and Chocolate Rum. The Summer Gin has delicate fruity notes, including strawberry, raspberry and red and black currents, making it soft and refreshing on the finish, just lovely for hot summer months.
The Chocolate rum has a wonderful aroma of caramel, chocolate and fruit, and when drinking it there is oak spice and light chilli heat tickling the palate and mouth coating chocolate sweetness towards the end. For chocolate lovers it makes the perfect cocktail and could even be used as a sauce drizzled on Cornish vanilla ice cream to make a wonderful pudding.’
Cornish Summer Cocktail
- 50ml Rosemullion Summer Gin
- 25 ml lemon Juice (just under 1.5 tablespoons)
- 125 ml chilled soda water
- 25 ml sugar syrup
To make the sugar syrup dissolve 300g caster sugar in 150ml water over a low heat, dissolve the sugar and take off the heat once it’s simmering. Cool before pouring into a sterilised glass jar or bottle to store in the fridge for future use in cocktails.
Tip: if you are in a hurry and do not have it, you can also use maple syrup in place of the sugar syrup; which is a delicate and not very maple-heavy in taste.
- 1 free-range egg white
Tip: Make it vegan with an alternative to egg whites – Use Aquafaba (the water that chickpeas have been cooked in)
- Lemon twist or lemon slice to garnish
- Put the Summer Gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white into a cocktail shaker. Shake.
- Add ice and shake again.
- Strain into a glass and top with soda.
Summer Gin Awards
Double gold award at the Sip Awards 2022.
Won in the flavoured Gin category at The Gin Guide awards 2022.
Gold at the Sip Awards 2021.
Finalist at The Great British Food Awards 2021.
Silver at the World Spirits Competition 2020.
Gold at the Sip Awards 2019.
Chocolate Sensation Cocktail
- 50 ml Rosemullion Chocolate Rum
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 dashes of Orange Angostura Bitters
- Orange twist to garnish
- Put the Chocolate Rum, sugar, Orange bitters and ice into a mixing glass and stir well.
- Add the ice and continue to stir.
- Strain the mixture into a glass with ice and garnish with orange twist.
Tip: For an extra or different garnish, you could add chocolate mint.
Chocolate Rum Awards
Gold award at the Sip Awards 2022.
96 points at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2021.
Silver at The Rum & Cachaça Masters 2021.
Finalist at The Great British Food awards 2021.
Both Andy and I hope you enjoy these cocktails, perhaps putting your own twist on them as the seasons change. I think in particular the Chocolate Sensation Cocktail would be a hit at Christmas celebrations too as it is reminiscent of the chocolate oranges so many of us enjoyed finding in our stockings.
To find out more about Rosemullion Distillery products go to: https://rosemulliondistillery.com