13 October 2016

Hotel Chocolat Giveaway - Cocoa Gin & The All Dark Collection



Did you know it's National Chocolate Week?

I know, I know every week is all about the chocolate, well for me anyway, but this week it's time to officially celebrate it and what better way than to team up with luxury chocolate company Hotel Chocolat?

In honour of this special week I have a rather fabulous giveaway for you. The lucky winner will receive an all dark gift collection and a 500ml bottle of cocoa gin.





All Dark Collection

This collection is one for those dark chocolate lovers. It has all the quality we expect from Hotel Chocolat and a bit of variety too.

This collection includes:

  1. 70% Ginger Puddles  (love these)
  2. Mini Hazelnut Buche (a finger of creamy dark chocolate with hazelnuts)
  3. Fruit & Nut Slab (a more modern dark chocolate fruit and nut bar with deeper flavours)
  4. 70% Dark Slab (quite bitter)
  5. Dark Pocket Selection (a little box of 8 individual chocolates)
  6. 70% with Cocoa Nibs Nano Slab (a choc chip slab of chocolate, oh yeah!)
£25.00




Cocoa Gin

I'm not all that keen on gin, but I took it with me up to the Highlands as I knew my friends do like gin. 

We tried it the traditional way with tonic, ice and lemon. It had a slight smell of coriander and a chocolate end taste, but the lemon didn't really work with it. I thought that since it had a chocolatey flavour slices of orange might go better with it and I was right, so do pair it with orange. 

I later looked at the website and saw they too recommend serving it with orange. Great minds obviously do think alike.

£25 for 500ml


Oh and both items are dairy free and vegan. Result! 


If you would like win this fine selection from Hotel Chocolat, just leave a comment telling me how you drink your gin and enter via the rafflecopter box below. You'll find a few wee extra options for extra entries.

This giveaway will close on 28 November 2016 and is open to UK residents over the age of 18.

Good Luck!


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Disclosure: Hotel Chocolat sent me a sample of the prize so I could review it ahead of the competition. They did not expect a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

460 comments:

  1. only tried it on its own or with tonic, would love to try different options

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  2. I love to serve it with lime juice, sugar and ice but I also love gin with tonic.

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  3. I've never tried gin so I'd have to defer to someone who has!

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  4. Wow what an amazing giveaway! Gin and dark chocolate are two of my favourite things. I like to sip on G&T with my mum in front of the tv when I go home to visit my family. Of course sometimes that gin is accompanied by a bit of dark chocolate or some of my most recent baking creations :) Good luck everyone xx

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  5. I don't drink Alcohol but I adore Hotel Chocolates :)

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  6. Drizzled onto cake, or I've seen a hedgerow sling made with sloe gin. That sounds good

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  7. the Gin would be for my Son-in-Law he drinks it with tonic water

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  8. I love gin, have never tried a chocolate one so I'm intrigued! I like mine with plenty of lime or grapefruit and some good quality tonic. Orange sounds like a fun citrus to try with the chocolate one though!

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  9. I love gin in cocktails, usually with something like elderflower or lavender!

    Abigail Alice x

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  10. With tonic or ginger beer

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  11. I like gin in cocktails, so there are plenty of possibilities. x

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  12. Best way is with elderflower cordial and soda water (or lemon-flavoured sparkling water)..mmmmm

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  13. With tonic, ice and a slice of lime, but this cocoa gin sounds as if it would be lovely with fresh orange juice

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  14. With tonic, not tried it with anything else yet

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  15. My husband likes to have plain tonic but a slice of cucumber in his gin.

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  16. In my pajamas, watching strictly come dancing

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  17. We've always been traditional - gin and tonic - but having read the comment above I really fancy trying it with elderflower.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  18. I drink my gin in heavy bottomed glass, chunky ice, slivers of lime, a generous squeeze of lime and tonic. X

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  19. I haven't had gin for ages, can't say I have a favourite.

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  20. Normally with tonic.

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  21. I love my gin with Tonic, ice n a slice! Thank you

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  22. I like it "old-school" with lime cordial and ice :-)

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  23. I serve it with slim tonic :) @bexallum on twitter

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  24. love gin, blue karako drop lemonade and a slice of lime

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  25. Traditional gin & tonic with ice and a lime wedge

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  26. Depends on the gin, usually with tonic and lemon or lime but sometimes a little differently with elderflower tonic or cordial. And I always taste it neat first!

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  27. With tonic and a slice of whatever goes best. At the moment I'm drinking Opihr, it's very autumnal

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  28. Spiced gin and ginger ale is one of my favourites!

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  29. I love it with ice and elderflower cordial and tonic

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  30. I serve it with a little lemonade

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  31. Normally gin & tonic :tonic water and a slice of lemon (Laura Jeffs)

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  32. with tonic & some lime for a zesty touch

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  33. I have Gin with tonic , ice , and a slice of lemon.

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  34. with tonic and slice of lemon :)

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  35. With fevertree slimline, a slice of orange peel and cardamom pods.

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  36. with slim line tonic and a slice of lime

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  37. I serve it with tonic but like it with lime too x x

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  38. with tonic, slice of lemon and ice

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  39. I like it with lemonade, cranberry and a slice of cucumber.

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  40. In a crystal tumbler with good quality tonic from a glass bottle and lemon and lime slices from the freezer and ice :)

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  41. With Tonic and Ice - sounds very delicious

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  42. With tonic and bitters, occasionally with a slice of lemon or lime

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  43. With slimline tonic, a few ice cubes and a fresh slice of lime :)

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  44. With slimline tonic, a few ice cubes and a fresh slice of lime :)

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  45. I like gin,tonic and a slice of lime served in a long glass.

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  46. I like it with an old-fashioned lemonade and ice. I'm not very extravagant with it.

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  47. with slim line tonic

    B Pereira

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  48. We make Tomato soup with a swirl of fresh pouring cream and just half a teaspoon of Gin poured carefully into the centre of each bowl of soup - its delicious!

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  49. I like it with crushed ice, sprig of mint and diet coke!

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  50. Well I serve with the usual lime and tonic with lots of ice. This year though I had lots of rhubarb in the garden so I chopped it up with sugar and lemon peel and made a rhubarb Gin -delicious served with ginger

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  51. I tend to have it with various mixers or cocktails :)

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  52. A French 75 - gin & champagne 50/50 mix

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  53. I love to drink mine with Sprite

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  54. Absolutely love gin - favourite drink, and could imagine this being different and even better than most gin - Tom Collins or tonic are the best ways!

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  55. With sparkling Elderflower and Ice

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  56. with sparkling elderflower and ice

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  57. My fave way is with bitter lemon and ice :)

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  58. I usually drink gin just with tonic

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  59. rub mint on the glass, over ice with orange strips and tonic

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  60. Feverfew tonic water, a slice of lime and a couple of icecubes

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  61. I've recently discovered gin with rose and elderflower presse, delicious!

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  62. with tonic, ice and a slice :-)

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  63. Sounds delicious!

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  64. have tried a couple of different ways ( not enough ) but always go back to basic tonic and ice

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  65. In a glass with ice, tonic and a slice of lime.

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  66. Gin with ice, tonic and a slice of lime.

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  67. tonic and lemon nice and simple!

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  68. with tonic and a frozen slice of lime, so that it isn't watered down by melting ice

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  69. Tonic, ice and a slice of lemon

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  70. With tonic, ice and a slice of lemon.

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  71. with freshly squeezed orange juice and a slice of cucumber

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  72. with ice only x Sharon Lou Johnson

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  73. I like mine mixed in with cocktails

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  74. With a slice of lemon and ice Xx Emma Dormer

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  75. I serve my gin with orange juice :) Thank you so much for the chance x

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  76. lots of ice, tonic, slices of lime and lemon in mine xx

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  77. Caw, blimey gov'! That looks good and all C:

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  78. would love to try l like my gin with bitter lemon lots ice 3 slices lemon yes please love all the chocolates

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  79. Fresh lime and tonic is good for me

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  80. Love a good ole gin and tonic with a slice of lime

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  81. I love gin with cucumber and lime, served ice cold x

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  82. I love gin and tonic with a slice of lemon xx

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  83. Love it in a cocktail with rosewater :) delicious!

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  84. with ice and tonic - lovely way to kick off the evening

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  85. With lemon tonic, ice & a slice of lime

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  86. With tonic, a bit of ice and a wedge of lime :)

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  87. With some sparkling elderflower in a long glass!

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  88. simple g and t for me

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  89. I like quite a short G&T with Fever Tree tonic, crushed ice and a slice of lime.

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  90. It depends on the gin! But most often, as a G&T with just a little ice.

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  91. I like my gin served with ice and lemonade - so refreshing!

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  92. I always have it the traditional way with tonic, ice and lemon but you've given me a nice new idea to try, thanks. x

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  93. With Indian Tonic Water and a slice of lime

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  94. I serve it for my sister with ice and lime

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  95. I love my gin with orange generally but this may need to be served with just ice

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  96. With tonic water and lime on lots of ice

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  97. Ice, a slice & Fever Tree Tonic!

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  98. Plain and simple with tonic and ice - perfect and refreshing

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  99. I like that you say Hotel Chocolate did not expect a positive review in your disclaimer. Do they rate it that badly? :p

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  100. With blue curacao and ice and lime!

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  101. tonic with ice and a slice of lemon - leanne w

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  102. with tonic and ice CHERYL HADFIELD

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  103. in a long glass with lots of tonic and ice and a slice of lime :)

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  104. I love it with tonic and a slice of lime. I think my sister loves gin so much that she'd drink it neat!

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  105. Gin and tonic and a squeeze of lime.

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  106. With sparkling elderflower and ice

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  107. With sparkling elderflower and ice

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  108. ... with slimline tonic, ice, fresh lime and a splash of Angostura bitters yumm!

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  109. I love gin with tonic and cucumber over plenty of ice. And if I want even more of a treat, I throw a few juniper berries in!

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  110. I love my gin with tonic and cucumber over lots of ice. And if I REALLY want a treat, I throw a few juniper berries in!

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  111. Just with tonic water, a couple of ice cubes and a slice of lime.

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  112. Tonic water, a slice of lemon and a couple of cubes of ice. Perfect.

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  113. I like my gin in a Singapore sling cocktail

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  114. With Tonic and a couple of slices of lime

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  115. My husband would have it with tonic whereas I would be more likely to find a reason to bake with it.

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  116. Love gin with tonic, ice and lemon.

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  117. the classical tonic with ice and lemon

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  118. With elderflower cordial and mint frozen in ice cubes.

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  119. Nice and simple for me - tonic and ice

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  120. With a slice of lemon, dash of gin and tad smidge of ice

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  121. I dont really drink it myself...its one I buy at christmas for others

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  122. I serve my SLOE gine in a tall glass, with some frozen strawberries thrown in, bitter lemon and topped off with a slice of lemon. Delicious.

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  123. With a slim line tonic and a slice of lemon or lime! :)

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  124. Love to have my gin with tonic - Joanne Beale

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  125. In a tall glass with tonic, ice, lime and a whole star anise - gives a wonderful flavour!

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  126. Love it with Tonic and ice, especially after gardening on a hot summers day!

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  127. Just with tonic and a slice of lemon

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  128. With a small amount of ice, squeeze of fresh lime and wipe around the glass rim with the fresh lime too! Top it up with some tonic 😄

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  129. I love it with elderflower cordial

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  130. Ice and lemon, but I don't mind it with summer fruits!

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  131. Classic G&T on ice with a wedge of lime.

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  132. With Fever Tree tonic water and a slice of lemon

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  133. I love a gin and tonic with lemon. I also had gin and tonic sorbet at a restaurant a little while ago which was so nice!

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  134. With some sparkling water and elderflower cordial

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  135. tend to have it only with tonic, and a little lemon

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  136. With Fevertree tonic and ice and a slice, in my favourite long glass , sitting in my favourite chair.

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  137. With lemonade and a slice of lemon

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  138. Ice, lemon and tonic, usually, but I've not done it often x

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  139. Usually with Lemonade and a slice of lime xx

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  140. On the rocks with an ice and a slice

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  141. Ice cold and relaxing in a very comfortable chair - bliss!

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  142. with ice and a slice :) jules eley @littlestar1979

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  143. How do I serve gin? Generously! ;-)

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  144. mmmmmm Gin is my drink!!!! I love it with slimline tonic, a wedge of lemon or lime, ice and a very large glass :)

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  145. I serve it to other people- it is not my drink of choice

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