Friday, 19 April 2013

Spring Drinks: Tipsy Lime Vodka

On Sunday, we visited the East of England Food Festival in the glorious grounds of Knebworth House. It was a brilliant sunny day, but unfortunately that was because the sky had used up all its rain the day before, so we enjoyed wading knee-deep through mud in our shorts.

Anyway, we'll be telling you all about our delicious finds over the next week, but one of the highlights of the day was the Tipsy Fruit Gin Company. They live in the pretty town of Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire, where they basically source local fruit and turn it into delicious fruity booze.

Apparently it was started as a retirement project, but is now such a big job they employ their daughter to run the operation full-time. In fact, there are four generations getting involved in keeping this family business as fun and fresh as it is.

Most of their range is gin - from delicious damson to brambly blackberry, and from the obvious sloe gin to a rather less obvious dry seville orange flavour that was utterly divine. Oddly (and possibly for the first time ever) it wasn't gin that got me excited.

The item that made me immediately chuck all my money at them was in fact their lime vodka. It was an incredible find: lip-smackingly citrussy without being too tart, equally ideal for mixing into cocktails or drinking over ice in a tall glass. If served cold, I don't think there's anything more refreshing on a sunny day.

The family don't have an online shop, but there's various places you can pick up a bottle or two on the web: Heart of England Fine Foods sell the 250ml bottle for £10.99, and Ludlow Food Centre do the big 500ml bottle for £19.99.

Alternatively, Tipsy's website lists stockists far and wide, and they're also appearing at a food fair near you some time soon.

Their website also lists some delicious recipes you can use their products for, such as pigeon breasts with cherry gin and raspberry gin in summer pudding, but we can't wait to use the vodka to make a green tea and cucumber martini. In fact, we're putting a recipe up later today!

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