*Caorunn Gin Cocktail Recipes with Tristan Stephenson

Until very recently, I didn’t think I really liked Gin. And then I went to Leeds Gin Festival and someone pointed out that Gin is basically Vodka with different flavourings added, and I thought oh well I like Vodka…and then I drank some Gin, and a bit more Gin, and hey I like Gin! So when I was asked if I fancied posting a couple of Caorunn Gin cocktail recipes on Inside Laura’s Head, and I’d be sent some Gin as a thank you-who’d turn that one down?

(How many times can someone fit the word ‘Gin’ into one paragraph anyway? I feel like I’m trying to summon Donald Cox the Sweaty Fox -and if you have no idea what I’m referring to there then I’m probably far too old. Damn.)

Caorunn have teamed up with Tristan Stephenson to create these Caorunn Gin cocktail recipes and all the photos in this post are courtesy of both of them. I’m hugely looking forward to trying these myself when my Gin arrives.


Mons Meg

Serve in a flute (tall sparkling wine glass)

One Shot (30ml) Caorunn Gin

Half a shot (15ml) Farm Apple Shrub*

Top Up (90ml) Sparkling Wine

Red Apple Slice (to garnish)

Keep all your ingredients in the fridge and your glassware in the freezer until you’re ready to serve. Measure and pour the Caorunn and Farm Apple Shrub into your flute and carefully top up with your Sparkling Wine of choice before adding the finishing touch, a juicy Red Apple Slice to the rim of the glass.

*To make the Farm Apple Shrub

Combine equal parts Cloudy Apple Juice, Cider Vinegar & Heather Honey, stirring until the honey dissolves. You can add a little heat to speed up the process, but make sure everything is cooled down before adding to the cocktail. Will keep quite happily in the fridge for at least 3 months.


Serve in a highball (tall tumbler glass)

One Shot (30ml) Caorunn Gin

One Shot (30ml) White Grapefruit Juice

10 Fresh Mint Leaves

Top Up (100ml) Sparkling Cider

Apple Wheel and Mint Sprig (to garnish)

To serve, fill a highball with cubed ice and the Mint Leaves (give these a quick smack before you add them to release the fragrant oils), then add the remaining ingredients, pouring the cider slowly so as not to release too many bubbles. Stir gently and garnish before sitting in the garden and putting your feet up.

What’s your favourite Gin cocktail? What else should I be trying?

*This post has been written in collaboration with Caorunn in return for some Gin. The Caorunn Gin cocktail recipes in this post belong to Caorunn and Tristan Stephenson, but the ramblings about Shooting Stars and the Fox are all mine (sadly!)



  1. Emma
    September 6, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I used to go hate gin until a friend of mine told me that all gins (and tonic) are not created equal! I now LOVE gin! I’m trying out a slow gin at the moment which is lush. My fav gin is Cotswold gin

  2. September 12, 2017 / 8:59 am

    I’m a big fan of gin (which is just vodka infused with juniper – always juniper – and other botanicals). A gin festival sounds right up my street!

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