The Art of a Cornish Christmas Cocktail

Treat yourself to this rich yet zesty gin cocktail, brought to us by our friends at Colwith Distillery.

We originally discovered this cocktail on a happy afternoon spent mixing with Colwith Distillery’s manager Steve. It’s a warming blend that’s perfect for cold winter evenings, and inspired by Falmouth’s old ‘gin and cake’ tradition, where generous shopkeepers offered treats to customers finishing up their Christmas errands.

Colwith Distillery produces Cornwall’s first plough to bottle gin on a farm in Lanlivery, near Lostwithiel, that has been in the Dustow family for five generations. Once growing potatoes to feed the nation through World War II, their potatoes are now used to create premium spirits, including Stafford’s Gin.

Here’s the full recipe for some home-mixology…

The Seafarer


• 50ml of Colwith Farm Distillery Stafford’s Gin
• 25ml of black Treacle
• 25ml of fresh lemon juice
• 12.5ml egg white
• Coarse sea salt
• Cinnamon
• Orange zest


• Martini glass
• Cocktail shaker
• Sieve or a hawthorn strainer


  • Start by squeezing the lemon juice onto a plate, then dip the rim of the glass until evenly coated. On a separate plate, prepare a thin layer of sea salt, again dip the rim of the glass until evenly coated. Add a few ice cubes to the glass then place in the fridge to chill.
  • Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with one cube of ice, then shake hard until the ice cube has melted. Add one more ice cube and shake for a further 10 seconds.
  • Strain out any remaining ice through a sieve. Remove the ice from the glass and pour the mixture in (again through a sieve). Garnish with a small sprinkle of cinnamon and the orange zest.
  • Enjoy (responsibly)!

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