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Fun food for gin lovers

By Chrissie Fairclough

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Smith & Sinclair's G&T Pastilles.
Smith & Sinclair's G&T Pastilles.

Gin doesn't have to come in a glass. Here are some G&T foodie replacements to help mix things up a bit.

G&T sausages

Gin-loving carnivores, listen up. Toad in the hole now comes with a kick! Welsh butchers Edwards of Conwy has invented gin & tonic flavoured pork sausages and their sales are sizzling. Breakfast never sounded so good!

G&T Pastilles

Grown-up confectioners Smith & Sinclair are specialists in pop-up sweet shops with no kids allowed. A world away from fusty chocolate liqueurs, the handmade pastilles come in eight sophisticated flavours, with gin, elderflower and thyme one of the top picks. Each sweet contains six to eight per cent alcohol by volume – the equivalent of a large glass of wine if you ate the whole lot.

G&T Popcorn

Find a friend, find a film and kick back! Popcorn chef Joseph brings us gin and tonic flavoured gourmet popcorn, made with five per cent real gin and five per cent real tonic. The first hit is caramel coating, followed by tonic, piney juniper and citrus garnish. All you need to worry about is which movie to watch.

G&T Smoked Salmon

Selected by Heston Blumenthal for BA Club Class, Forman’s G&T salmon is a firm favourite with frequent flyers. Harvested in Scottish lochs, this top quality salmon arrives at the smokehouse within 48 hours where a specially blended paste of ground juniper berries and hand-grated lemon zest is liberally applied. Heathrow here we come!

  • Chrissie Fairclough is tastings director for Gin Club Scotland, which runs touring and distillery-based tastings, as well as offering tasting kits for people to run their own events. www.ginclubscotland.com

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