The day is nearly upon us when we thank our Mums for putting up with us for all these years and we get Dad to do the cooking. I am turning to baking to charm Mum this year, but I’m not going to reveal what delights I will be baking just yet – As I don’t want to ruin the surprise!
But there are other ways to keep Mum happy and that’s with a few carefully chosen beverages to pepper the day with. If you’re going for a fizz before Sunday lunch, Aldi have a crackingly fresh drop to whet mother’s whistle. Their Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut is lemony fresh, vibrant and a steal at £9.99 per bottle. It’s a cellar aged blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with a pleasing finish but not too serious to enjoy during the day. If you want to stock up, a case of 6 is only £59.94 and is available in stores nationwide or at http://www.aldi.com.
Another treat for Mother’s Day afternoon, and perfect as a sundowner now that the days are getting longer (Hurrah for British Summer Time!) is gin. I’m a huge fan of Mother’s Ruin and a gin and tonic often hits the spot when sometimes I’m momentarily perplexed by wine. I’ve tasted a lot of new and established gins recently and none have stuck in my head as much as Wrecking Coast Clotted Cream Gin. The Distillery where the gin is made is based in Tintagel, Cornwall, and run by four gin loving friends. But what makes this gin a memorable one? They wanted to give their gin a luxurious, smooth feel on the palate whilst remaining true to the key flavours that gin lovers crave. According to master distiller Avian Sandercock “From the outset we thought the icon of Cornwall, clotted cream, would provide that luxurious feel, the smoothness and add a subtle hint of vanilla.”
Yes, it’s rich and robust but don’t let the vanilla description put you off. It oozes vibrant coriander and green apple notes and citrus too thanks to the 12 botanicals also used in the making and all the fresh Cornish spring water that is used in the process. It’s distinctive and supercharged and wakes up the senses as you sip it, while making you feel loved by the glass in hand.
Being smooth, you can serve it neat, over ice but my favourite idea is to serve it with tonic and fresh, sliced strawberries as the makers suggest. This is a MUST for summer! My favourite way is with a squeeze of lime, after the lime has been wiped around the rim of the glass. You can’t go wrong with that! Wrecking Coast Clotted Cream Gin is available online at http://www.thewreckingcoastdistillery.com or go to their Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheWCD/ (£37.50 for 70cl or £24.00 for 35cl)