A glass of Herts: 3 festive drinks gifts from Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:33 14 December 2015
Make Christmas even merrier with these festive drinks made right here in Hertfordshire.
1. Three Squirrels 2013 Brut, £19.50
There’s no better time of year to splash out on some bubbly – this Christmas, why not forego the more traditional fizz options and go local? Three Squirrels Brut is made from grapes grown at Hazel End Farm in Bishop’s Stortford, where Charles Humphreys has been cultivating vines since 1976. It’s a fresh, elegant sparkling wine and makes the perfect festive treat. Buy direct or at florist/wine shop Margaret Kay Flowers on Bishop’s Stortford’s Bridge Street.
2. The Foragers’ walk and feast, £50
Based at The Verulam Arms in St Albans, Richard Osmand and his team of professional foragers make delicious food and drink from their finds. On their guided walk around Hertfordshire hedgerows and woods, guests learn which plants, fruits, flowers and fungi go into their creations, as well as tasting bottles of liqueurs that have been hidden in the hedgerows. Then it’s back to the pub for a wild-food feast and to sample more drink creations. A special gift to the hunter-gatherer in your life.
3. Pinkster gin 5cl/70cl £6/£33
Barley-based Pinkster Gin has launched stocking-friendly miniatures in time for Christmas. Produced with locally-grown raspberries, the gin has fruity hints and a pink tinge. Stephen Marsh, founder and long-term Herts resident, recommends serving a Pinkster gin and tonic with a raspberry and a sprig of well-slapped fresh mint. These new 5cl bottles are an ideal taster for gin fans and are available along with regular 70cl bottles.