TDM's Wee Dram

Fill those chilly autumnal days with a local tipple...

There is no denying the Scots ability to withstand the harshest of winters. We have been raised to face the autumnal chill head on, but realise we would be nothing without our survival kit. But this time, think less Swiss army knives and flint stones, more luxury knitwear and a local remedy to warm the soul… 

This is where the fun begins. Our gorgeous town of Hawick is quite often referred to as the home of cashmere and is now also home to its own whisky distillery – which conveniently for us also supplies its own brew of gin. 

William Kerr was native to Hawick and went on to become a globe-trotting botanist who brought back over 200 new species of plants to Britain. It is this sense of adventure which has inspired the ingredients in our local gin, combining spices, fruits and berries from near and far to create a truly unique flavour.

So, there’s no time like the present to get creative with our local produce. As we welcome winter with open arms, it always helps to have a cosy pick-me-up by your side to soften the blow. To recreate a taste of the Scottish Borders winter at home, we are delighted to share our TDM Wee Dram recipe.

What you’ll need:

·     50ml William Kerr Gin

·     200ml apple juice

·     Cinnamon stick

·     5 cloves

·     1 star anise

Time to get cooking: 

Simmer the apple juice with the cinnamon stick, cloves and star anise for about 5-7 minutes. Strain. Pour the William Kerr Gin into a mug, goblet or hip flask of your choice, and top up with the hot mulled apple juice.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy!