Drinking Diaries: Gin and Zeo Drinks

Yep, more gin. I’m sure most of you are aware of my passion for this particularly tipple by now (if not, where have you been?) but this time we’re going off piste with mixers. No tonic today- instead we’ll be looking at alternative drinks to add to your favourite gin.

Zeo Drinks specialise in natural low-calorie blends of fruit and botanicals, mixed with sparkling spring water. There’s no added sugar either, which is an absolute bonus.

Zeo were kind enough to send me a few samples to try out with some gin; Cloudy Lemon, Cranberry and Raspberry, Peach and Grapefruit, and Orange and Mango. A very nice selection indeed.

A few friends and I will usually get together for our infamous ‘Gin Club’ each week (on a Wednesday, how wild are we?) so it therefore seemed inevitable that I’d share my fancy new drinks with the group.  Collectively, we have almost too many gins to count, so we actually had a bit of a dilemma when it came to pairing each Zeo drink with one particular gin. There’s literally endless combinations that you could try, but feel free to give my personal pairings a spin at your leisure.

To kick things off, we decided to opt for a Zeo Cloudy Lemon mixer with Brennen and Brown’s Cucumber and Dill gin. A slightly unconventional gin perhaps, but the combination is bright and refreshing; the lemon cuts through the herby notes of dill perfectly, giving a lovely well-balanced flavour. A very strong start indeed.

We also found that William Chase Gin with Zeo’s Cranberry and Raspberry worked beautifully together- my friends adored this combination, and was in fact the hands-down favourite of the evening. William Chase specialise in delivering elegant, full-bodied gins that stands up to big mixers, so it’s a pretty versatile tipple. The hints of sweetness from Zeo gave plenty of bite and texture.

I was a little wary of combining a more experimental gin with my mixers at first, but after a few drinks we decided to throw caution to the wind. We used Rock Rose Winter Edition Gin with Zeo Peach and Grapefruit, which actually turned out better than expected. The subtle bitterness of the grapefruit and the sweetness of the peach balance out nicely, and lifts the earthly gin notes into something rather refined. The most controversial pairing of the evening, but I enjoyed it immensely.

For our final drink of the evening, we added a healthy splash of Zeo Orange and Mango to Cruxland gin. Cruxland is a South African gin that’s crammed with exotic botanicals, with a rich texture and liquorice finish. Our Zeo mixer here added some much-needed zest to the overall taste, and worked well to even out the heavy liquorice notes. I was surprised how well these two drinks mixed together- it was bloody gorgeous.

I have to admit that I’m actually rather impressed. For a girl who usually goes bananas if she runs out of Fever Tree, it’s been lovely to find some different mixers that not only compliment the gin, but add different dimensions to the overall tasting. If pushed, I’d say that Zeo Cloudy Lemon was my favourite, as it’s crisp and clean, and works as a match made in gin heaven. Myself and my wonderful gin team will be sure to keep a few Zeo drinks handy for our next imminent gin sesh.IMG_7019IMG_7010IMG_7058IMG_7050IMG_7042IMG_7002IMG_7074IMG_7088IMG_7078

 

For more information about Zeo Drinks, visit http://www.drinkzeo.com/

This is a sponsored post, but all views expressed are, as per usual, entirely my own.

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