CRAFTY cousins have come together to put a Herefordshire twist into a classic drink.

Brother and sister team Susan Vaughan and Robert Hancocks of craft cider company Celtic Marches have been working closely with their cousin, Kate Turner and her partners at Kington distillery, Penrhos Spirits.

Both independent businesses are growing in the Herefordshire Marches, physically and commercially.

They are employing locally and reaping the benefits of working in such a rich and fertile county.

Distillery founders Charles Turner and Richard Williams are lifelong friends, both fruit farmers in the Herefordshire Marches.

With a passion for their fruits and a love of their farmscapes, it was important for them to incorporate their homegrown fruits into their copper distilled gins.

Their craft gin is created in small batches using a 150L copper still, housed in their 250 year old repurposed cow shed.

Their diversification is important and both families hope it will be embraced by future generations.

Using natural ingredients, Celtic Marches and Penrhos have a clear focus; producing the finest craft drinks using local resources.

Celtic Marches is home to 200 acres of cider apple orchards. With PGI status, it is guaranteed that the cider is made using 100% Herefordshire apples.

Both ambassadors for Herefordshire fruit farming, the cousins decided to produce a collaborative cider, captivating the rich fruits of the Marches.

By blending their fine craft cider with Penrhos’ copper distilled premium dry gin, they have produced a smooth gin cider, the limited edition G&C.

Bursting with botanicals, it captivates the essence of the orchards, with subtle notes of cherry blossom and a delicate sweet honey mouthfeel.

Notes of pink pepper, cardamom and rose petals gently lift through the cider.

To find out more about this 4% limited edition cider, contact Celtic Marches or call 01885 489812 and choose option one.