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Gin of the month: Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

You like gin? You like shiraz? You’re in luck! Australian distillery Four Pillars has combined the two in a gin they’ve called Bloody Shiraz, the perfect bottle with which to celebrate Australia Day.

Apparently it’s made from shiraz grapes that are steeped in gin for 8 weeks, giving it a luscious dark berry character - a bit like a sloe or damson gin. I enjoyed it most as a shot and on the rocks: although they advise that you can drink it with tonic I actually found it too sweet that way. There are lots of other cocktail ideas on their website including the Bloody Jasmine.

The price in the UK varies considerably. The cheapest I’ve spotted it is on special offer at £34.99 from Ministry of Drinks and Simply Wines Direct and £37.95 from Field & Fawcett while some sites sell it for as much as £51.

Either way it’s not cheap but I know a lot of you gin fanatics out there like to get your hands on something different and you can pretty well guarantee no-one will have a red gin in their collection!

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