The Perfect Mulled Gin

by | Nov 1, 2021 | Cocktail Making, Queen Cleo, Recipes

The clocks went back last weekend, which means we can officially get excited about those dark, cosy nights in front of the fire…. or Netflix (let’s be realistic!). So with that in mind, we’re looking forward to Bonfire night this week with a warming and spicy tipple to watch the fireworks with. Whether you’re off to a big display locally, or watching from your bedroom window, we’ve got the perfect recipe to light up those taste buds!

This recipe is perfect for gin lovers. It also happens to be super simple, and can be made with ingredients you’re most likely to have hanging around in your kitchen cupboards.


100ml Queen Cleo London Dry Gin
400ml apple juice
½ lemon, sliced
1 bay leaf
4 cloves
2 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1 small cinnamon stick
3 juniper berries, lightly crushed
½ tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp runny honey
Bay leaves and lemon slices to garnish (optional)


Grab 4 heat proof glasses (or teacups if you’re feeling fancy!) and add 25ml of Queen Cleo London Dry Gin to each.

Pop all other ingredients into a small saucepan and heat gently until simmering, then strain into a heatproof jug.

Pour into the glasses with the gin and give each a stir to combine.

Garnish with a bay leaf and half a lemon slice, if you like, and serve warm.


After 4 years of being together we never thought that we would one day be in business together. Who knew where a simple text message could lead….

It all started with a conversation with Nicola at one of The Little Gin and Rum Company’s events in Leeds. Amy sent a message to Ian saying “Do you fancy buying a gin and rum company?” and the wheels were set in motion.



“As a sales professional travelling the UK and the world, I have made travelling and alcohol my thing.  With over 20 years experience supplying the hospitality industry with software and e-learning, I can’t wait to start sharing Queen Cleo Spirits with the industry I love.  You’ll usually find me with my favourite Queen Cleo Rum with ginger ale.”


“Where Ian loves sales, I love marketing and as a digital marketing trainer and professional public speaker, I always have a lot to say.  When Nicola and Emma started virtual events in lockdown, I jumped at the opportunity to talk about gin and rum and nearly 200 events later, I still love it.  Old Tom is my favourite tipple and I’ll even drink it neat with just a cube of ice and a squeeze of lime.”


Nicola and Emma have created a gin and rum legacy and we are honoured to take it into the future.   

We can’t wait to share our plans with you and we promise to make Queen Cleo proud. 

You know our favourite Queen Cleo drinks and we’d love to know yours.  Share them with us on Instagram #littleginandrumco.