I tried cocktail making with this Valentine’s gift box that costs less than £40


Cocktail loving couples can toast their love for one another with an at-home Valentine’s night in kit this February 14.

Dinner and drinks could easily cost you over £50 at a swanky Manchester restaurant, so for those looking to save a little bit of cash and stay in – the Luscombe’s Valentine’s Day Cocktail Edit makes for a fun date experience from your sofa.

Bag yourself one of the supermarket’s Valentine’s meals and you’re set up for a candlelit dinner and delicious drinks without the need to buy a new dress on top.

Created exclusively for Luscombe by master mixologist Louis Xavier Lewis-Smith, the £38 box includes everything you need to recreate two servings of their signature cocktails ‘Rolling Hills’ and ‘Devon Spritz’.

The box contains everything you need to make two cocktails each on Valentine's Day
The box contains everything you need to make two cocktails each on Valentine’s Day

There are two bottles each of organic Damascene Rose Bubbly and Wild Elderflower Bubbly, one can of The Uncommon’s Bubbly White Wine, two Cove Vodka miniatures, Devon Distillery’s SloeD Gin and Salcombe Distilling Co.’s ‘Start Point’ Gin, as well as lemon , two beautiful Luscombe glasses and recipes.

I had a go at making their Rolling Hills cocktail – and here’s how to make one yourself.

ingredients

  • 25ml Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’

  • 25ml Devon Distillery SloeD Gin

  • 25ml Lemon Juice

  • Top with Luscombe’s Wild Elderflower Bubbly

  • slice lemon

Method

Mix both gins in a cocktail shaker full of ice and add freshly squeezed lemon juice. Give this a brief little shake and pour into a highball glass with ice, and top with Luscombe’s Wild Elderflower Bubbly. Add a slice of lemon and serve.

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I had a go at making their Rolling Hills cocktail from the box
I had a go at making their Rolling Hills cocktail from the box

If you don’t have a cocktail shaker to hand you can still build this drink in the glass, just give it a nice stir to mix the lemon.

The cocktail feels really elegant, and though I typically associate sloe gin with Christmas, it was really refreshing when paired with the Elderflower.

While I didn’t have any ice to hand at home, it definitely didn’t take away from the experience and was still very cute.

I’m also a big fan of Luscombe’s Sicilian Lemonade, which I also think would work well with this drink.

Meanwhile, the Devon Spritz is one for wine lovers – featuring Devon Cove Vodka topped with sparkling wine and served in a champagne or wine glass.

The brand was founded by Gabriel David in 1997, and is even loved by royalty, having been appointed a Royal Warrant by HRH The Prince of Wales.

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Luscombe Drinks also hold a whopping 90 ‘Great Taste Awards’ for their organic and ethically sourced beverages.

They source the ‘finest quality’ organic whole fruits from trusted growers around the world and blend these with Dartmoor spring water, drawn from a source on the farm where they craft their drinks.

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The Luscombe range and Valentine’s Edit can be purchased online at luscombe.co.uk with free UK delivery on orders over £50.




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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