Winter Hunting Cocktail

26th June 2023

Winter Hunting Cocktail Glass of Bubbly

After walking the fields, woods and marshlands, searching for fair game, back at the cabin, you’ll want to craft a cocktail to warm you up and help you unwind, utilising dried fruits and the festive Pomander Ball, crafted with Slovenian Sparkling Wine and English Gin.

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 Selection Brut 2019 – Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Golden honey, golden and yellow fruits, ripe peaches covered in squirty cream on a thin bed of pastry, along with some blossoming yellow floral on the aroma.”

Flavour – “Apricots, peaches, yellow stone fruits, fizzy tangy lemon, lemon sherbert with yellow and white floral on the palate.”

Silver Medal in the Spring Fling Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022

Whittaker’s Gin

Whittaker’s Gin is a family business run from their home, at Harewell House Farm, right in the heart of Nidderdale in North Yorkshire.

The aim of Whittaker’s Gin is to produce an artisan small batch, handcrafted spirit, which reflects the Yorkshire countryside in a bottle, and they’re proud to have achieved their goal.

They macerate all their berries for 24 hours prior to distillation, they also use garden thyme which is picked fresh from their garden on the morning of the distillation. Their original distillery is an old 1950s pig shed which is still very much in use as their storage, bottling, and labelling facility for their gins and other spirits.

Whittaker’s Gin – Winter Solstice Gin – Tasting Notes – “Perfectly dried fruits, with notes of orange, cloves, star anise and cinnamon characters.”

Winter Hunting Cocktail


  • Sparkling Wine
  • Gin
  • Dried Fruit (Apricots and Raisins)
  • Orange Skin
  • Cloves

How To Make The Winter Hunting Cocktail

  • 20mls of Gin
  • 100mls of Sparkling Wine
  • Drop in a Few Raisins and Dried Apricot pieces
  • Then Stick A Few Cloves Into Some Orange Skin and Garnish

Winter Hunting Cocktail Tasting Notes

Aroma – “That zesty orange aroma from Christmas, with orange skin and cloves, with hints of dried fruits, apricots and raisins on the aroma.”

Flavour – “A wonderful delicate touch of zesty orange at the forefront, with warming winter solstice gin gifting notes of star anise and added dried fruits, the sparkling wine sticks it all together with a golden honey and exciting fizziness, orange and cloves are appreciated in the palate after the tasting experience.”


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Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.