The growing popularity in this juniper-derived spirit has been apparent over the past few years, with the emergence of the so-called ‘gin revival’. Gin sales in the UK saw a rise to more than £1bn for the first time at the end of 2015, and the number of gin distilleries opening in the UK last year increased by 50%.
So far, 2016 has seen the opening of the Holborn Dining Room – London’s largest gin bar, which stocks over 400 varieties of gins – and the rise in popularity of small batch gins such as locally distilled Brighton gin.
In this easy recipe for saffron gin, gin takes on the lovely sunny golden colour of the saffron, it can be served with tonic or over ice.
Serves: As many as you like
Skill level: Ridiculously easy
Equipment required: Bottle
Prep time: 2 minutes plus time to infuse.
Step 1: Pour the gin into a bottle with some saffron strands, leave for a minimum of one day – until the colour has built up in the gin – swirling occasionally. Serve.
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