5 Cocktails That’ll Warm You Up More Than Bae’s Under-Doona Embrace

PEDESTRIAN.TV has partnered with Hendrick’s Gin to make sure their delightfully theatrical cocktail experience, ‘The Awakening’ (going down at Sydney‘s Commune), is on your radar. You can grab tickets to this must-attend event HERE.

Even the most adamant naysayers of winter can agree that the chilly season has one edge over summer: the unparalleled enjoyment you cop when warming yourself up. We’re talking about the orgasm-like sensation only hopping into a scolding hot shower, plopping yourself in front of a heater or sliding under your doona can produce. 
You know what else can create an orgasm-like sensation? A stiff drink. 
While we reckon we know how to fix something kindaaaa palatable, we enlisted the support of Hendrick’s Gin ambassador Morgan Flanagan – check out his five picks that are sure to be your new winter go-tos.
This particular iteration of this drink has been adapted from a recipe featured in Drinking With Dickens. You can further twist it by swapping the Madeira Wine out for Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur. Oh, and if you’d prefer someone else to do the hard work for you in making this, then today’s your lucky day. During July and August, bars across Australia will be serving their own variations of Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch. If you’re game on making it yourself, however, then it makes the perfect drink to produce when entertaining.
400ml Hendrick’s Gin
400ml Madeira Wine
2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar
6 Large Lemon and Orange Twists
Small Slice Orange
1 Fresh Pineapple
4 Teaspoons Honey
Juice of Two Lemons
3 Cloves
Pinch Nutmeg
Teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder
Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and place on the heat. Let the concoction simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Taste, adding lemon or honey depending on whether you like sweet or sour. When it’s ready, pour into a teapot and serve in teacups. Alternatively serve in a traditional punch bowl. Can be reheated so you can make it ahead of time.

Purls are an almost forgotten style of drink – a mix of beer (yep, good ol’ beer), spirit and usually ginger ale or beer.
30ml Hendricks Gin
100ml Ginger Beer (we suggest Capi Flamin Ginger Beer for the extra spice)
100ml Guinness or Stout Beer
1 Dash of Angostura Bitters
Carefully build in a half pint glass in the following order: gin, bitters, ginger beer, and beer. No garnish.
You’ve probably had a Moscow Mule or two in your day – it’s the combination of lime and ginger beer to a spirit. Typically drunk in summer, the addition of the baking spice notes of Angostura helps make this a deliciously refreshing, but still uniquely winter, beverage.
30ml Hendrick’s Gin
A Squeeze of Fresh Lime
2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
150ml Cloudy Apple Juice
Top with Ginger Beer (we suggest Capi Flamin Ginger Beer)
Add everything together in a tall glass and garnish with a slice of lime.
A precursor to the Martini cocktail that we all know and love, the Martinez is richer and darker with sweet vermouth + bitters.
50ml Hendrick’s Gin
15ml Sweet Vermouth
7.5ml Maraschino Liqueur
Dash Angostura Bitters
Dash Orange Bitters
Stir all ingredients together and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a thin piece of orange zest.
Bishops are a forgotten style of drink, an individual style of mulled wine made better by spiking with spirits. 
45ml Hendrick’s Gin
45ml Shiraz
20ml Sugar Syrup
1 crushed green cardamon pod
1 crushed juniper berry
Mix all together in a heatproof vessel and warm up on the stove – hell, even the microwave – bringing it up to a hot drinking temperature before straining the berry / pod out. Don’t let it boil. Serve in a teacup, garish with a piece of orange and a stick of cinnamon. A cucumber garnish is optional, but hey, we could all probably use another serve of veg in our day.
Has checking out the above left you feeling a bit thirstay? Well, we’ve got just the thing to quench that parched palette of yours.
Hendrick’s Gin are inviting you to awaken the curiosity within, and are doing so with a delightfully peculiar and theatrical cocktail experience. 
Over the course of one weekend (Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th June 2017), ‘The Awakening‘ will guide you through several theatrical encounters and unexpected scenarios. While you’re going through the immersive experience, your imagination will be rewarded with a series of Hendrick’s Gin cocktails – a classic, a seasonal and an experimental serve designed to surprise and delight.
The not-to-be-missed event is taking place at Commune in Sydney‘s Waterloo and tickets cost $30 (+ booking fee) for the hour-long experience. 
Grab you and your mates tickets to The #Awakening by heading HERE.
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