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Making HM Hot Cross Bun Gin

When crafting our Hot Cross Bun Gin we were determined to create a gin that tastes exactly like a Hot Cross Bun and we think we absolutely nailed it. In this blog we detail HM Hot Cross Bun Gin’s origin story, botanicals and the production process used to create this unique spirit.

The origin story

In January 2022, we started to experiment with developing a Hot Cross Bun Gin recipe after a friend’s suggestion to make an Easter gin sparked our interest. Dad and I were consumed by the development of this product as we were determined to make a gin that had all the flavours of a traditional Hot Cross Bun, a healthy dose of juniper and all whilst maintaining our signature smooth finish. And Dad didn’t want to macerate with fruits after distillation – he wanted all the magic to happen in the still!

The development process wasn’t confined totally to the distillery either. I vividly remember taking samples of each weeks’ efforts down to my cricket games on Sunday. Transforming the cricket club into an impromptu taste-testing session with my curious team mates. Then during the week dad and I would do further work on the recipe and process.

The moment of truth arrived with our 2022 release. To our surprise the initial batch sold out in 7 days! Dad and I knew we were on to a winner.

HM Hot Cross Bun Gin

HM Hot Cross Bun Gin botanicals

How HM Hot Cross Bun Gin is made

Making HM Hot Cross Bun Gin consists of three stages; maceration, distillation and post distillation production. Read below for the full process:

How to serve HM Hot Cross Bun Gin

With its distinctive flavour HM Hot Cross Bun Gin is incredibly versatile. The world is your oyster, just use your imagination or try some of the cocktails below:

60ml HM Hot Cross Bun Gin
30ml Lemon juice
15ml Simple syrup
15ml Ginger syrup
15ml Egg white or aquafaba

1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake for 20 seconds.
 Add ice to your shaker and shake for an additional 20-30 seconds.
3. Strain into a chilled rocks glass.

30ml HM Hot Cross Bun Gin
15ml Cointreau or if you want to reduce the volume of alcohol, swap for orange juice
60ml Prosecco
10ml Sugar syrup
30ml Soda water (or to your liking)
Lots of ice 
Orange slice and cinnamon stick to garnish

1To a wine glass with ice add gin, Cointreau(orange juice), sugar syrup and then stir to combine.
2. Add your orange slice and cinnamon stick garnish.
3. Pour in Prosecco and top with soda water. Give your spritz a light stir.
4. Enjoy.

HM Hot Cross Bun Gin
20ml Lemon juice
30ml Freshly squeezed or cloudy Apple juice
Top with ginger beer or ginger ale
Apple slice for garnish

 To a cocktail shaker with ice combine all ingredients expect ginger beer/ale. Shake for 30 seconds.
2. To a chilled Collins glass add ice and strain shaken ingredients into the glass.
3. Top with your choice of ginger beer or ginger ale.
4. Garnish with apple slice.

180ml HM Hot Cross Bun Gin
300ml Dry ginger ale
45ml Sugar syrup (or honey syrup)
1/3 of an orange sliced 
1/4 of an apple thinly sliced
Lots of ice

1. To a cocktail jug add sugar or honey syrup and 3/4 of your orange slices and lightly muddle together.
2. Depending on the size of the jug fill it about 1/3 of the way with ice.
3. Add gin, ginger ale and stir.
4. Garnish with remaining orange slices plus the thinly sliced apple.

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