Mouthwatering, warming, gently spiced and totally, creamily, wickedly indulgent drink. Make it for all your friends. And family. And neighbours. It will keep you warm all autumn and winter long.

Serves two

300ml full-fat or semi-skimmed milk
100ml double cream
75g melted chocolate (or half chocolate and half the same amount of powdered drinking chocolate)
Spice mix: a few cloves, a little twist of black pepper, a few drops of vanilla, a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon
50ml Helen Browning’s Organic Gin with pear and sea buckthorn
20ml Helen Browning’s Organic Blackcurrant Spirit

Add your milk, cream and chocolate (plus drinking chocolate, if using), plus your spice mix to a thick-bottomed pan and heat very gently for about 10 minutes to infuse the liquid with the spices. After 10 minutes, increase the heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly to ensure a smooth texture.

Combine the gin and blackcurrant. In two cups or heatproof glasses, add 35ml of the spirits to each, then strain the spiced hot chocolate into the cup over the top of your Bramble gin and serve!

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