10th February 2022
Oh what a curious affair the annual celebration of love is…
We want to love Valentine’s Day; some of us very much do, a lot of us very much do not, but this year we’ve decided to use the occasion as an excuse to offer gifts of love and gin to our special people.
We subscribe to the ‘less is more’ philosophy (so we’re not big on pink bears and balloons…)
We have perhaps distilled that from a uniquely simple approach to creating the clear, crisp and carefully crafted gin we’re renowned for. We’re also rather centred on the idea of making the very best of what’s around us.
Caorunn’s Celtic botanicals grow in abundance around our Speyside home, and we have the world’s only working Copper Berry Chamber so, it’s an easy journey from simple to genius gin making. Why so? Well, we won’t dazzle you with process and science, but we will say that our Copper Berry Chamber allows us to extract the deepest flavours, tastes and aromas from our locally foraged botanicals which is why you’ll enjoy a uniquely Caorunn experience when that chilled glass touches your lips.
As Albert Einstein said, “The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.” We concur, wholeheartedly. Fuss free, no gimmicks – it certainly works for us, so let us share some simple but ingenious ideas to elevate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day or whatever you want that day to mean to you and yours, way up and beyond the shiny helium balloons.
We love the idea of presenting a loved one or friend with a thoughtfully created hamper which truly speaks to them and them only. Create your own with Caorunn Raspberry (it’s as pink as we go…), tonic water in a Kilner bottle, edible flowers which can be composted, fresh limes, glassware and some Caorunn cocktail recipes.
We’ll be tagging the treats below:
For your friends, we think a bath bomb is a nice touch for a Galentine’s Day 2022 gift, whether they’re getting themselves fizzed up for a night out or needing a bit of a love tonic for a night in for one (and make one for yourself for all your efforts).
Bring together all of your dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, (baking soda, corn starch, Epsom salts) excluding your citric acid. We want to leave the citric acid until later, as adding it now can complicate things during the liquid pour step, just trust us.
In a separate container mix your wet ingredients, including any food colour or soap dye you’re planning to use. Work slowly, making sure not to disturb the baking soda, then add your wet ingredients to the dry ingredients a bit at a time and mix thoroughly with your hands. You’re looking for a texture like that of damp, but not saturated, sand and you should notice that the mixture will begin to stick together at this stage, a bit like wet sand does in your sandcastle bucket. Once all your liquid has been added and you’ve mixed thoroughly, add your citric acid and mix once more (make sure you’re wearing gloves as citric acid can cause irritation).
Now to get that orb-like shape we associate with a bath bomb.
Take both halves of your mould and pack them with your mixture. You want it ever so slightly heaped so that your halves stick together well. When you’re ready, press the two halves together tightly so that the mixture bonds into an orb. After a few seconds, you should be able to remove one half of the mould. Lastly, gently set the exposed half onto a silicon cupcake case. You don’t have to use a cupcake case, some people use muffin tins for this, but we find it’s the best thing to stop it falling apart.
Hopefully, it should just pop out of your bath bomb mould, but if it doesn’t gently tap it to try and loosen it up. You'll then want to leave your bath bombs to dry for at least 24 hours, but a couple of days is ideal. Pop them somewhere they won't be disturbed easily to reduce the chance of dents and imperfections.
If chef duties are landing on your oven proof mitts this Valentine’s Day, we say keep it simple… one pot simple. The meal will take care of itself in the oven, you can retain cool and calm poise and control without the hot cooker steam melting you down and instead, focus on creating some seriously good Valentine cocktails with gin.
We hope your Valentine’s Day brings you a lot of love and just the right amount of pink…
If not, it’ll all happen when you least expect it.