Beefeater Winter Gin

Beefeater Winter GinMaster distiller Desmond Payne has modified his traditional recipe for Beefeater's Winter Edition. Along with extra Seville orange peel, he's thrown in cinnamon, nutmeg and pine shoots for this great wintry interpretation.

Good solo and in G&Ts,  it's definitely most fun in cocktails.

We were split between a warm apple toddy and a more hedonistic gin punch. With the apple toddy – one measure gin to two apple juice –  we found the tang of the apple juice to be the perfect foil to the extra spice in the gin. Our punch, with its mix of gin and madeira, spices and Fever-Tree ginger ale, is ideal for wintry nights round the fire.

40%, limited edn, RRP: £17.99/1 litre, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, World Duty Free

One of DrinkBritain.com's Festive Selection