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Spittoon Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:28:15 GMT  

Campfire Gin

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There are so many gins around these days it is hard to keep up; let alone try them all. Imagine the problem for the small artisanal producer trying to make their finely tuned product stand out from the massed ranks the grand and the indifferent. What is rather special for Campfire Gin, at least to […]

Campfire Gin Written by wine scribbler at Spittoon - Wine, Cocktails, Food and Travel

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There are so many gins around these days it is hard to keep up; let alone try them all. Imagine the problem for the small artisanal producer trying to make their finely tuned product stand out from the massed ranks the grand and the indifferent. What is rather special for Campfire Gin, at least to me is its location. This has to be about the closest distillery to where I live. Campfire Gin is made by the Puddingstone Distillery in the Chiltern Hills. It is but a skip and a leap over a field gate from me here in South Oxfordshire.

Campfire Gin’s point of difference is in its name – campfire.

“Under stars, by a campfire, a gin was born. Ten select botanicals including rich coffee cherry, fresh orange, hazelnuts and piney juniper, distilled with the finest UK wheat spirit, bridge traditional and progressive styles.”

This campfire aspect influences the first cocktail, taken from the Puddingstone Distillery blog, that, served warm would be mighty fine on a chilly evening in front of a campfires embers…

Campfire Gin Cocktail – Puddingstone Purl

Puddingstone Purl Cocktail

100ml Campfire Gin
300ml Hoppy Golden Ale
150ml pressed apple juice
2cm cubed piece of fresh ginger
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 brown sugar cubes
2 teaspoons honey

Stir the ale, (to keep the cocktail as local as possible, I went for a Brakspear Oxford Gold Ale), the apple juice, ginger and cinnamon in a pan over a gentle heat until simmering. Let it bubble for ten minutes or so before adding and dissolving the sugar in it. Simmer for a further ten minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey to dissolve. Add the gin and pour into two glasses. Serve warm with a cinnamon stick as a garnish (or a toasted marshmallow as the distillery suggests).

Puddingstone Coffee Negroni

Puddingstone Coffee Negroni

20ml Coffee Liqueur
20ml Campfire Gin
15ml coco nib infused Campari (home made; but straight Campari works just as well)
10ml sweet Vermouth

Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled glass on the rocks.

“Named after a rare local rock formation, Puddingstone Distillery houses a 50 litre still called Isabella and a 200 litre still called Amelia. Both stills were named by our Campfire crowd after two great female adventurers – Isabella Lucy Bird and Amelia Earhart. Puddingstone Distillery

Puddingstone Distillery Campfire Gin

Campfire Gin Written by wine scribbler at Spittoon - Wine, Cocktails, Food and Travel


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Five years later and on the 10 year anniversary of the first episode of Wine Library TV, Gary Vaynerchuk is back! On this comeback episode of…

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Good Wine Under $20 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:28:17 GMT  

Wine That Stands Up to Pesto
It's officially summer. Unofficially, it's basil season. Right now, I am overwhelmed with the stuff. Pictured to the left is one of my behemoth basil plants. Having a lot of basil isn't exactly a problem, I admit. Who doesn't love basil? But for wine lovers, basil can make for difficult pairings. This is one assertive herb, and you need a wine that isn't going to clash with it, nor do you want your wine to disappear on the palate.















My usual go-to wine when strong green, herbal notes are part of a dish is Sauvignon Blanc. But New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are often quite citrusy, and US Sauvignon Blancs can be too melony and soft for basil. So I opened a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc--and it was perfect with my linguine tossed with homemade pesto and topped with some heirloom cherry tomatoes.


The 2011 Viña Carmen Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva (available for $13-$15 in the market) is made from grapes grown in the Leyda Valley. It has vibrant aromas of grass, gooseberry, and that uniquely weird smell of boxwood that I often smell in Sauvignon Blancs from the southern hemisphere. This wine was green and leafy rather than citrusy, with a backbone of acidity that was neutral in flavor but kept your mouth watering for more. The midpalate was herbal, making me think 'this is what Cabernet Franc would taste like if it were white and not red.' Cool and refreshing, this stood up to the basil. If you have the wine with something less resolutely green, you may find that its assertiveness is a problem but if you have basil, this is a good wine to go with it--and it represents very good QPR.

Full Disclosure: I received a sample of this wine for possible review.

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