HAYMANS - RHUBARB COLLINS
Haymans is one of our favourites, not just because of the delicious flavours, but the heritage of the brand and the locality. We love working closely with our suppliers and hearing their stories, especially when they are based just around the corner in Balham. The Hayman’s family have a great story…five generations of custodians of true English gin since the gin boom, they protect the classically balanced styles that lie at the heart of most classic gin cocktails. The gins are distilled just as they would have been over 150 years ago, using authentic period recipes and the traditional two-day distilling process. This is what gives their gins classically balanced style and why they are excellent for a gin cocktail.
Spring…into Spring with one of their perfect serves. An incredible seasonal tipple is the Rhubarb Collins made with their delicious Old Tom, so named after the tradition from the 18th century where plaques of a black cats were used to signal that you could buy gin when it wasn’t commonly ‘accepted’ to do so.
Haymans Rhubarb Collins
- 50ml Haymans Old Tom Gin
- 25ml Lemon juice
- 25ml Sugar syrup
- 2 Bar spoons of Rhubarb jam
Step 1: Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker
Step 2: Shake all ingredients thoroughly
Step 3: Strain into a glass with ice
Step 4: Top with soda water
Step 5: Garnish with a lemon wheel
Here are our top tips for making the perfect jam including a sneaky trick to see if it’s ready…
- 4lbs of rhubarb cut into chunks
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 1.5 cups of jam sugar
- Juice of a lemon
Step 1: Place all the ingredients into a bowl and sit to rest for an hour
Step 2: Put a plate in the freezer (you will need this later)
Step 3: Put the mixture into a pan and bring to the boil, stir constantly for 15 minutes
Step 4: Reduce the heat to a simmer for a further 30 minutes, keep stiring to ensure the jam doesn’t burn
Step 5: Remove the plate from the freezer and put a tea spoon of the jam on the plate, if the jam keeps its shape its ready, if it runs keep simmering for a bit more time and try the plate again
Step 6: When the jam is ready remove the lemon and put the jam in a clean jar
Enjoy on toast, porridge or join us in adding it to a delicious Haymans Gin cocktail.
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