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Chapel Down Bacchus Gin – Garden of England Cocktail

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I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to the first, private, ‘Gin Masterclass’ session with Chapel Down’s very own Managing Director, Mark Harvey a couple of weeks ago.

IMG_20200611_112912_442Made with a grappa and wheat base spirit, the botanicals in Chapel Down Bacchus Gin are designed to mirror the flavour profile of the Bacchus grape; including juniper, coriander, elder-flower, orris, angelica, lavender, orange peel and lemon.  A combination which offers a great balance of floral and spice and makes for a very refreshing drink.

Then there’s the bottle!  With the top half resembling a wine bottle, the bottom half a cut glass crystal decanter and the inclusion of the iconic Chapel Down red stripe, this bottle is not only stunning, but is also a clever nod to the winery too.

One of the suggested cocktails for this gin is called the Garden of England, which is a twist on the English Garden cocktail.  I thought it was delicious, dangerously delicious…I honestly finished it before I even realised.  It’s absolutely perfect for these gorgeous sunny days which we’re having at the moment and it’s really easy to make.

Garden of England

You will need:

  • 25ml Chapel Down Bacchus Gin
  • 50ml Apple cider
  • 20ml Lime Juice
  • 7.5ml Sugar Syrup
  • Ice and a cocktail shaker (or similar)
  • A martini glass
  • A slice of cucumber and sprig of mint to garnish

What you do:

  1. Fill your shaker with ice
  2. Add your ingredients (except the garnishes)
  3. Shake, shake, shake until your arms hurt and hour hands are freezing!
  4. Strain into a martini glass
  5. Garnish with  mint and cucumber.  Or in my case just the mint because I don’t really like cucumber.


Sit back and enjoy…sluuuuuurp!

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**Bottle of Chapel Down Bacchus Gin gifted for the Gin Masterclass



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