There seem to be quite a few online subscription services out there. I recently reviewed Birchbox which deals with beauty product samples but there’s countless others from Degustabox, Foodies Larder and Flowbox (food) to PurrBox (toys for your cat – I kid not).
Little Tipples is a relatively new monthly subscription service and this one is right up my street seeing as it supplies miniature samples of spirits. That’s right – that’s Gin, Rum or Whisky right through your letterbox. Needless to say I approve of this idea wholeheartedly.
The idea is to introduce subscribers to lesser known or boutique brands of spirits. Each box comes with tasting notes which you can ‘unlock’ on the website and a tasting method to help you along. The sample pack of gin which I received contained 2x50ml bottles – one of Hunters Gin the other The London No.1 Original Blue Gin.
While I make no claims as a taster I know what I like and both samples where exceptional. I am happy to have discovered them and will happily buy full bottles having done so. Of the two, Hunters Gin with its citrusy, herby notes worked best in a Gin & Tonic but my favourite was the intriguingly hued London No.1. It packs a real punch at 47% and is delicately flavoured with bergamot and coloured with gentian. It was fantastic in the English Garden cocktail and I was very sorry when the mini bottle was empty.
English Garden cocktail and Little Tipples Review
- 1/4 cucumber quartered and sliced into cubes
- 60 ml | 1/4 cup | 2 fl oz gin
- 30 ml | 1/8 cup | 1 fl oz simple syrup
- 30 ml | 1/8 cup | 1 fl oz pasteurised egg white
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp elderflower cordial
- 2 sprigs fresh lemon thyme
- Thin strips of cucumber sprigs of thyme to decorate (optional)
- Put the cucumber, lemon juice, thyme and cordial in your shaker and muddle with a muddler or the clean end of a rolling pin. Try to get the juice out of the cucumber. Alternatively you can grate the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater and use your hands to squeeze the juice into your shaker.
- Add the gin, simple syrup and egg white and half fill the shaker with fresh ice.
- Shake vigorously until a frost forms on the shaker then strain into two chilled martini glasses (or use small elegant flutes as in the pictures).
- Decorate with strips of cucumber and a sprig of thyme.