Good evening beautiful souls,

For Christmas my friend Anna gave me a bottle of the Edinburgh Rhubarb & Ginger Gin and I was instantly in love! Hands down the best gin I have ever tried! Now a while back Alice from Zest Of Alice posted a photo of this Hortus Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liqueur on Instagram and told me it was only £11.99 at Lidl! I got very excited and as soon as I had a chance I went to have a look for myself and low and behold this beautiful bottle was on a shelf just waiting to be bought by me! I picked a bottle up immediately and then also decided to try the Hortus Raspberry Gin Liqueur. So I thought I would do a little recipe & review of these two gins – enjoy!


My friend Anna came over for dinner on Wednesday and there couldn’t have been a better opportunity to try out these new gins than with my fellow gin loving friend. I personally love to add a slightly flavoured tonic to my gin cocktails to give them that extra something in flavour and thus I picked up an Elderflower Tonic and a Lime Tonic from Tesco to mix the Liqueurs with.


We tried the Rhubarb & Ginger Gin first and although good I have to admit it couldn’t best the Edinburgh Gin. I would probably buy it again as I did enjoyed it and it is cheaper but if just based on taste, its flavour just doesn’t quite pack the same punch as the Edinburgh Gin, sorry Hortus. Next to be put under our scrutinising taste buds was the Raspberry Gin and with this one I must say I was disappointed. I love raspberries – they’re one of my favourite fruits – but something about this raspberry flavoured gin was sadly too sweet / too sickly and too artificial for both myself and Anna. I will not be purchasing this gin again.


However that being said everyone’s taste buds are different and you might really like the raspberry gin, so don’t let me put you off from trying it! If you decide to go for a bottle here’s how I prepared these two gin cocktails:

Start with some ice cubes in a large cocktail glass – then add 2 shots of Hortus Gin – fill the glass to your strength liking with 1/2 elderflower and 1/2 lime tonic – next garnish with some fresh lemon or lime or even pop in some cucumber !

Et voila – easy peasy gin cocktail – now sit back and relax!


Tip – I bought these amazing cocktail glasses from Poundland the other day, they are really sturdy glass and great for cocktails. If you don’t already have cocktail glasses I suggest you pop into your local Poundland and treat yourself to some! Well worth it – and so are my stainless steel straws! Please look after our environment in little ways such as using non-plastic reusable straws at home ❤

P.S. Please do let me know your favourite gin recipes and whether you have tried these two flavours before!! I’d love to know!

Love Carina xo

12 thoughts on “COCKTAIL O’CLOCK

  1. I’m a big gin and tonic lover but I’ve always gotten the traditional gin so excited to try different flavoured gins. Did you get the stainless steel straws from Poundland too? xx

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    1. I avoided gin for years because I thought I had a bad memory of G&T and I can’t for the life of me remember why aha, but then my sister made me get a gin cocktail in Revs once and I’ve not gone back since 😀 I eventually tried a regular G&T again too and found I did actually like it 🙂 But I have to say I love mixing my gins up with different flavours – another all time favourite is Fentimans rose lemonade with a regular non-flavoured gin ❤ sooo goood! And no they're not Poundland, but from Amazon – there's soo many available for really decent prices too! I love them – have long ones for my large smoothie glasses and recently bought shorter ones to pop into my bag for when I go out too hehe 🙂 xo

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      1. I have really bad memories of gin because it’s the shot of choice at my Uni (my Uni starts with G cue why it’s gin, we’re only slightly crazy) but I’ve found I can drink it without gagging if it’s mixed with lemonade. I love rose lemonade but have yet to try different flavoured gins with lemonade. xx

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      2. Oh dear aha I don’t blame you!! I would never shot it! 😮 I’ve not tried it with normal lemonade actually, but bitterlemon also work well 🙂 You’ll have to let me know what you think of flavoured gins when you try them 🙂 ❤ xo

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    1. Not gonna lie, I love a drink to relax in the evenings and feel pampered ❤ weekend feels all week round for me hehe 😀
      You'll have to let me know what you think of flavoured gin and if you don't mind spending a bit extra I definately recommend the Edinburgh GIn over the Hortus 🙂 xo

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