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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum

We have recently teamed up with the world class Hiller’s Arboretum, and together we are just teeming with new ideas! (Sorry about the irresistible pun!)

We have a pink gin in production made from their dark leaf elderflower, Sambucus Nigra. Sadly we’ll only have a few bottles this year and most will be at Hillier’s, although it seems only fair that we should make some available through Bay Leaves Larder.

Later in the year we have ideas for more Schnapps recipes from their international collection of crab apples and crab pears. 

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Hiltingbury Lady

We’ve had a few queries about the cocktail we’ve been providing at some of our talks. Fortunately it’s very simple to make. I love it because it’s one to sip slowly and savour.

It’s a simple recipe:
1 part Hltingbury Gin
1 part triple sec – we use Curacao triple sec
2 part lemon juice – we use PLJ, it works perfectly

Shake over lots of ice and strain.
Serve ideally in a cocktail glass with a lemon zest garnish

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Our latest batch of Hiltingbury Limoncello is ready for the summer!

 Chilled at 30% alcohol with a sweet tartness, we are so pleased to have this back in stock.

Made from nothing but organic lemons and alcohol, with added New Forest Spring Water and cane sugar to temper the strength and add sweetness, it has so much lemony goodness and lemony oils that it needs a good shake before serving.

And limoncello is drinkable ice cold, straight from the freezer.  Just perfect for long hot summer evenings!

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New batch of Sloe Gin

Our latest batch of Sloe gin has been made with a high proportion of fruit and you can taste this is the final product. To balance the tartness of sloes it is also a sweet drink.

As with all our products it is very easy drinking and recommended for after dinner. At 31% alcohol it is not for knocking back, but the fruity sweetness is deceptive!

Drink Responsibly!

Hiltingbury Sloe Gin
Hiltingbury Sloe Gin

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The Hiltonbury Farmhouse reopens

Hiltonbury FarmhouseWe at the Hiltingbury Still have been a small part of the re-opening of a local pub, in North Miller’s Dale specifically.

I remember, back in the day it having rather barn-like interior, not doing justice to the beautiful old building it was housed in, then lying sadly empty for years.

The transformation then, really does have to be seen to be believed. It’s been beautifully refurbished, and now has a great atmosphere. I would put in in the upmarket category for a gastro-pub, with delightful touches such as blankets for sitting on the grass just outside the open side entrance.

It would be totally remiss of me not to mention the astounding gin collection, over 30 different ones I believe. We tried one of our own when we went there for Sunday lunch: beautifully served.

What started, in my head, as musings on a new pub appears to have turned into an accolade. So be it. They deserve it!

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Mothers’ ruin tasting event

We had a great day at Bay Leaves Larder last Saturday, where diners at the packed deli were having lunch and appreciating samples of our gin and Turner Hardy Tomato juice

In fact it was such a good day that we’re doing it again on 25th March,  just in time to get some mothers’ ruin for mothers’ day!!

 

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Welcome to our partners

We would both like to say a big thank you to the first shop and first bar to stock our products. They are Bay Leaves Larder and Green’s Bar and Kitchen. It’s thrilling for us that they both told us that our products are popular and will continue to be available.

We will be adding more outlets as time goes on, but it means a lot to us that some places took a risk on new product so readily

Thank you

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Welcome to The Hiltingbury Still!

We are now fully open for business!

Our brand new website is the next milestone in a long but fun journey. We have developed what we think is a most wonderful gin, together with some liqueurs we love, and we can now share them with you.

We source as locally as possible. Our alcohol comes from Hertfordshire, but our water comes from the heart of New Forest, true Hampshire water! Our botanicals, of necessity, come from a bit further afield, except for our seasonal specials where apples and sloes are locally picked.

So welcome to our new website; have fun browsing!