I picked up the Nip from the Hip gooseberry liqueur at a food festival with no idea what to use it for. It’s delicious undiluted over ice and has served me well over the summer mixed with elderflower cordial and tonic water for a refreshing Sunday afternoon drink. Now that autumn is pretty much here – despite it being early September – I wanted to try something that would suit the cooler evenings.
This gooseberry liqueur is sharp, with the tangy goodness of the fruit being complemented perfectly by the bitter, dry note of gin. The fruit flavour is not overpowered, as I’ve often found when sampling liqueurs, but you still get that heady feeling from the vapours as you’re sipping which is one of my favourite things about a good gin and tonic. It’s not too sweet, but enough that I started thinking this might work with apple and cinnamon notes for a gin and tonic for fall.
NFTH are a British, family-run business in Kent. You’ll have to look out for them at UK food events, as they’re not in supermarkets just yet, or take me at my word and order a bottle from their website. I can’t fault this liqueur for gin lovers, and highly recommend it.