Warming Winter Cocktail
4th January 2023
When the snow starts to fall and the water turns to ice, we find ourselves searching for something special, something that can warm our hearts and souls, a Cocktail that can deliver on all those winter hopes and dreams, this original Glass of Bubbly Cocktail, the Warming Winter, might just be the answer you’re looking for.
The Sparkling Wine – Radgonske Gorice
The biggest and one of the most well-known Slovenian Sparkling Wineries is Radgonske Gorice, producing Sparkling Wine for everyone, supplying Slovenian Supermarkets and offering something a little more aged and complex for the wine connoisseur.
Radgonske Gorice is also the oldest Sparkling Wine producer in Slovenia, they started 170 years ago in 1852 and now produce 4,500,000 litres of wine every year, with a production that high, it makes sense that Radgonske Gorice is the largest producer of Sparkling Wine in Slovenia.
Radgonske Gorice – Zlata Radgonska Penina Brut 2018 – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Puréed green fruits, with hints of yellow and tropical fruits, a lovely display of honeydew melon, with a plate of freshly cut pineapple not too far behind.”
Flavour – “Sweet and fresh honeydew melon, succulent melon, aromatic wild exotic floral characters and even more tropical expressions on the palate.”
Silver Medal in the Tropical Burst Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022
The Rum – Norfolk Spirit
For many years, Ben Crisp, the founder of Norfolk Rum, had claimed that he didn’t like rum, so how does someone who ‘doesn’t’ like rum, start his own Rum Distillery?
It wasn’t until the summer of 2017 that he was given a chance to taste what he describes as “a truly remarkable rum that tasted like no other I had tried before”, thinking himself too rash in his judgement of Rum, he decided to dedicate some time towards this new world that had been opened up to him, trying and sampling rums from all over, with him starting a collection to sit alongside his gins in his gin cabinet.
Unfortunately, he never found a taste to even match what he’d experienced in 2017, he did find some ‘nice’ rums, but nothing to live up to his dreams.
Disappointed by his conclusion, he did some digging and realised that there weren’t many Rums actually produced in England, with the majority having their base rums imported from the Caribbean and then adding their own flavouring locally, “surely there was a better way?”
So in May 2020 when the world was forced into lockdown, the aviation industry that he worked in suffered dearly, so, not wanting to sit around letting time pass him by, using the help and encouragement of his partner Helen, Mother-in-law Theresa and their family, he set off on an adventure to create a unique rum that is firmly rooted in Norfolk, using the land’s unique offerings to flavour a superior base rum.
Ben hopes that his rum will gift people the same experience he had in the summer of 2017, that his rum can convert anyone that claims “I don’t like rum”.
Reaching out to Ben Crisp, the Owner of Norfolk Spirits Company, I asked him: “What Inspired Your Fascinating Label Design?”
“Being Norfolk Rum we wanted to have something synonymous with Norfolk. There is a lot of sky in Norfolk, I love the North Norfolk coast and walking along the beaches, you see some amazing skies. I am also an airline captain and so I spend quite a lot of time in or above the cloud.” – Ben Crisp, Owner of Norfolk Spirits Company
Norfolk Rum – Dark Spiced Rum – Tasting Notes – “Captivating notes of caramel, cocoa and toffee apples, with warming and smooth honey, along with woody spices like cinnamon, then vanilla and sweet zesty orange peels to end the experience.”
Cocktail – Frozen Sky
- Sparkling Wine
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground Ginger
How To Make The Frozen Sky Cocktail
- Sprinkle in a Pinch of Ground Cinnamon and Ginger
- Pour in 15mls of Rum
- 100mls of Sparkling Wine
- Then Garnish with two Cinnamon Sticks
Frozen Sky Cocktail Tasting Notes
Aroma – “A gorgeous array of sweet festive/woody spices, with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, with some freshly baked Danish pastries coming through.”
Flavour – “Sweet, delicate and exciting, festive/woody spices with crisp green and yellow fruits, covered in cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, light flaky pastry with dried and roasted pineapple on the palate.”
Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.