Christmas in Cornwall is a magical time of year, with festivities and celebrations happening on every corner. It’s a time when we gather to share traditions that have handed down through generations, like travelling to see festive light displays, and watching theatre in the woods. One of our favourite traditions that we’ve rediscovered this year is the wonderfully named ‘gin and cake’. Originating in Falmouth, this traditional act of generosity saw shopkeepers offering these treats to customers finishing up their Christmas shopping.

This December, we’re collaborating with our friends at Colwith Distillery to revive this tradition and spread some Seasalt cheer all across the land. We’ll be serving our bespoke gin cocktail, The Seafarer, along with a bite of Christmas cake in all of our shops on Wednesday 19th December (Friday 21st on the Isles of Scilly).

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 5 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. We love their deep-rooted history and were very happy to spend an afternoon with Steve, who manages the distillery, creating the perfect Christmas cocktail to share with all our Seasalt Friends.

We’ll be serving a simplified version on the night, but if you’re feeling creative, here’s the full recipe for some home-mixology…

The Seafarer

Ingredients:

• 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

Equipment:

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

Method:

  • 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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