22 February, 2008

Win a case of Saffron Gin

Produced in a traditional pot still by microdistiller Gabriel Boudier in Dijon, Saffron Gin is made to a 19th-century Indian colonial recipe that contains nine fresh botanicals including juniper, coriander, lemon, orange peel, angelica seeds, iris, fennel and saffron, which gives a delicate spicy character.

Serve with tonic and a slice of orange . Or for the perfect

negroni: 1 measure Saffron Gin, 1 measure Campari, 1 measure


vermouth poured into a glass half filled with ice cubes. Stir and garnish with a slice of orange. For other cocktail suggestions visit

Following its launch at the Bar Show in 2006, ­Saffron Gin has been an instant success . It is now served in top cocktail bars all over the country and is listed by Booths, Wine Rack and

Sainsbury's .

OLN has teamed up with the brand's UK agent , Emporia Brands, to offer a case of six 70cl bottles of Saffron Gin to the winner of this competition.

To win the prize, just answer the following question:

Saffron is the world's most expensive spice. From which flower does it come?

Send your answer with your name, address and telephone number on a postcard marked Saffron Gin Competition, by March 7, to:

Emporia Brands , The Church, 172 London Road, Guildford GU1 1XR or e-mail your answer to

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