With strawberry season (May-October) fast approaching, Yorkshire’s Otterbeck Distillery and Annabel’s Deliciously British have announced a new partnership to create a fresh, berry-infused flavoured gin with a pink peppercorn finish: Cotton Gin Strawberry and Pink Peppercorn, which is due to be launched on 1st May.
The new flavour was the creation of women entrepreneurs coming together and the resulting gin is a celebration of the Yorkshire countryside. It marks a collaboration made between the distillery founders, Nicola Lampkin and Alexa Ives, and entrepreneurial farmer, Annabel Makin-Jones.
Cotton Gin Strawberry & Pink Peppercorn has been designed to be the perfect choice for craft gin lovers looking for an elevated G&T at al-fresco drinks and to bring their luxury at-home experiences to life this summer.
Crafted using the finest botanicals: this premium small-batch gin is distilled at Otterbeck Distillery from botanicals including Yorkshire Watercress, English Coriander, hand-foraged local spruce, rowan berries, nettle leaves and mint, which perfectly complement the ripe strawberries from Annabel’s farm.
Otterbeck Distillery only started producing gin in 2020 and Nicola and Alexa are delighted that they were able to continue to work on this collaboration while socially distancing. The friends were regular customers of Annabel’s and a collaboration seemed a natural and perfect place to showcase the wonderful produce available on their doorstep and promote Annabel’s strawberries to all gin lovers over the UK.
Annabel is a fifth generation farmer and a mother of two, part of go-getting generation of entrepreneurial female farmers working to combine sustainable agriculture and bring uniquely British crops to market. Alongside her farming enterprises, Annabel created a drinks range called Tame & Wild.
Annabel was instrumental in diversifying her family farm into an impressive strawberry enterprise. Her brand, ‘Annabel’s Delicious British’, sells berries to some of the most prestigious outlets in England including Harrods, The Ritz, The Savoy and Michelin-starred restaurants. 2021 saw Annabel diversify into Yorkshire Rhubarb, a range of jams and chutneys and British grown daffodils.
Nicola Lampkin and Alexa Ives say: “This quintessentially British Gin is summer in a glass! Annabel’s Strawberries are unparalleled, and we knew we wanted to work with only the best and support fellow Women Entrepreneurs. We’re delighted to be able to launch this in time for summer 2021 – we all deserve a treat this year and there’s nothing quite that first gin of the summer to signify good times are ahead. This year we’d love gin drinkers to elevate their G&Ts with our Cotton Gin Strawberry & Pink Peppercorn. We suggest serving with a blush tonic, or a Tame & Wild Strawberry and Lime Flower mixer for something extra special.”
Annabel Makin-Jones says: “Two things drive me, sustainability and entrepreneurship and I really relished the chance to work in partnership with other women. Collaboration, not just on great tasting products, but wider collaboration in business is vitally important for entrepreneurs. We can share markets, products, contacts, distribution, and it’s a bonus to have an additional support network. Sharing and giving back are really important, emerging brands need to share insights to gain collective expertise. I’m delighted with the product and I have gained new friends at Otterbeck, and that is definitely worth celebrating.”
50ml of Cotton Gin Strawberry & Pink Peppercorn served over ice in a highball, topped with a Tame & Wild Strawberry and Lime Flower. Sliced strawberry garnish, with a sprig of mint.
Cotton Gin: Strawberry and Pink Peppercorn (42% ABV) has an RRP of £37.95 for 70cl or £14.95 for 20cl and can be purchased at: