Tomorrow we will open the Christmas Shop for the last time this year. There will be last minute buyers for Christmas trees and decorations, people stocking up with Slamseys Gin and the final customers will collect their turkeys and geese.
At noon we’ll shut the doors of the Christmas barns and walk to the plantation to cut down our Christmas tree and pick holly, ivy and mistletoe to decorate the house. The smell of cooking will fill the house , the radio will be tuned in to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from Kings College, Cambridge and the festivities will begin.
Today, the house is quiet and unadorned as I write the blog for the last time in 2016. When I have finished, I shall light the fire and close the shutters. Perhaps I might have a festive drink after supper. We devised this Sloe Down cocktail back in November when we were surrounded by cardboard boxes, glitter and baubles as we rushed around trying to get everything priced and displayed before the Christmas shop opened (which now seems an age away).
The recipe is below should you need to take time out to relax with a little squeezing and slicing as you inhale the Christmas smells of cloves and orange.
Whether you’re freezing in snowy conditions, sweltering in the summer heat or somewhere inbetween, I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
Will be back in 2017.
Sloe Down for Christmas
Cloves and orange combine with fruity sloe gin to make this simple Christmassy cocktail
Push a few cloves around the ‘equator line’ of an orange and then slice off the top and bottom of the orange to leave a wedge or slice of clove studded orange. Squeeze the juice from the remaining orange.
Drop ice into the bottom of a glass, add two measures of Slamseys Sloe Gin with one measure of the freshly squeezed juice.
Garnish with the clove studded wedge and enjoy.
Add tonic water for a long drink.