Hayman’s celebrates Old Tom gin revival with recipes

Hayman's Tom Cat Anthony Cullen

Hayman’s is celebrating the revival of one of the oldest styles of gins, Old Tom, with a series of simple cocktails using its own expression of the spirit.

The style of Hayman’s Old Tom features intense botanical flavours with a hint of sweetness which delivers a more rounded and softer taste than most other gins.

Old Tom gins were popular in the 18th century as a sweeter style of the spirit from the addition of sugar. It has undergone a revival through distillers such as Hayman’s which introduced its Old Tom gin in 2007, distributed in the UK through Love Drinks.

Like the other gins in the range, it is made at the Hayman distillery in Witham, Essex, using a traditional 450-litre copper pot still called Marjorie.

Hayman’s Tom Cat (pictured)

25ml Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
Dash of elderflower cordial

Add Hayman’s Old Tom and a dash of elderflower cordial into a coupe or flute glass. Top up with chilled prosecco. Garnish with a small white flower.

Hayman’s Ginger Tom

50ml Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
Half a lime
Ginger beer such as Fentimans

Add cubed ice to a high ball glass. Add Hayman’s Old Tom and squeeze half a lime and top up with chilled ginger beer (or ginger ale for a drier finish). Quick stir to blend. Garnish with two peeled slices of fresh ginger and a nice sprig of mint.

Hayman’s Cat-tail

50ml Hayman’s Old Tom
10ml Elderflower cordial
60ml Cloudy apple juice

Pour Hayman’s Old Tom, a dash of elderflower and a squeezed wedge of lime over cubed ice in a highball glass. Fill with cloudy apple juice and top up with soda water for an optional fizz. Garnish with apple skin, a mint sprig and a squeezed wedge of lime.

Picture by Anthony Cullen
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