Known in the trade as the 'cocktail gin' - Fords Gin is a tasty drop that makes a mean Martini, Gimlet or Negroni.
Created by cocktail-afficiando Simon Ford and eighth generation distiller - Charles Maxwell - this is a proper gin that stands up in all your favourite classic gin cocktails.
It has just nine botanicals and is stocked in pretty much every one of the top bars across the world, as well as holding an array of global awards for both the liquid, the packaging and the people behind the brand.
The Fords Gin team (and some guest judges - yep that's us!) have been working hard this holiday season to find the ultimate Christmas cocktail and have searched far and wide across the country to ultimately land on these top twelve! It was a tough job* visiting over forty venues and tasting some truly excellent libations but as you'll see this shortlist of twelve really went above and beyond to create something unique. Throughout December - you get the chance to taste these shortlisted creations in all the bars listed below - and ultimately see if you agree with the judges' decision following the final in January.
Be sure to follow @FordsGin and @Drinkupldn then tag @FordsGin and #GingleAllTheWay if you try one of these delicious drinks for a chance to be featured on our DrinkUpLDN Instagram account… And don’t forget to enter our competition here to win a £200 bar tab for you and your friends to enjoy at one of the lovely bars below.
The twelve days of Christmas has never looked so tasty!
1. NORTH POLE
A Christmas inspired sour
Fords Gin, marzipan syrup, mulled white wine, lemon, egg white, blend of sherry and candied citrus peels.
Available at 68 & Boston
2. RAISIN’ THE BAR
A festive winter-warmer with a twist
Fords Gin, lemon verbena & lapsang souchong tea cordial, raisin-infused vodka, lemon juice and liquorice bitters.
Available at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
3. DIE HARD IS A CHRISTMAS MOVIE!
Fresh, fun and fizzy
Fords Gin, clarified Baileys and kir cordial.
Available at Cocktail Trading Company
4. THE TRIMMINGS
A distinctly different martini
Fords Gin, ‘roasted Veg’ Vermouth, asparagus eau-de-vie and cold water
Available at Fitz’s.
5. 86 WHOVILLE
A little light, bright twist on a Christmassy classic, the egg nog (without the egg)
Nutmeg-infused Fords Gin, fig liqueur, cheesecake syrup and chocolate bitters
Available at Hawksmoor Seven Dials.
6. CHRIMBO COLADA
A Christmassy take on the summer classic, using British seasonal winter produce
Fords Gin, sour clementine juice, pumpkin seed orgeat, Somerset ice cider and fennel bitters.
Available at Original Sin
A boozy, yet fruity and familiar number
Fords Gin, Christmas cordial and Cocchi di Torino vermouth.
Available at Resident of Paradise Row
8. RED RIGHT HAND
A Christmas drink inspired by the traditions of preserving local ingredients to utilise through leaner times
Fords Gin, tarragon-infused Fords Gin, fermented blackberry cordial, Norfolk salted honey syrup and soda water.
Available at Scout
9. ST. NICKRONI
A Negroni St. Nick would be proud of
Fords Gin, Campari, Martini Rosso (all infused with Christmas pudding).
Available at Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar
10. RAISIN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
A festive style Martinez
Panettone-infused Fords Gin, raisin infused sweet vermouth and Jerry Thomas spiced bitters.
Available at Stillwater
11. FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK
A short and complex drink full of festive cheer
Roast dinner-infused Fords Gin, fig liqueur, whole lemon juice, Pedro Ximenez sherry, Campari and cranberry sauce.
Available at Nightcap (Edinburgh)
12. BOXING DAY PUNCH UP
A naughty festive punch that keeps on giving
Milk Punch – Fords Gin, Absinthe, Peychaud bitters, Amer Picon, whole milk, earl grey tea, cloves, star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, juniper berries, ginger, clementines, lemon, vanilla sugar, sugar and hot water. Foam made from cider cordial, egg white and lemon juice.
Available at Red Light (Bristol)
Photos 1-10 © Brian Whar photography