‘Just Us Box’ is a monthly subscription date night box company. They are revolutionising date nights. Just Us Box want you to spent some quality time with your partner each month. Where you both put down your phones and spend some time reconnecting with each other. Each month Just Us Box will send you a themed date night box straight to your door. So, all you have to do is pick a night that suits you and enjoy a date. I have been working with Just Us Box over on Each Peach Pear Plum since they first started back in July 2016.
Our date night
Our ‘Lovology’ date night box arrived in perfect time for Valentine’s day. This box was all about cocktails and gin, two things we both love. It contained 3 mini bottles of gin, a cocktail shaker, a spin the bottle game, a small hip flask and various herbs and flavourings for the cocktails.
As the Hubby and I met while working in a bar that specialised in cocktails, I already had an idea of how to mix a mean cocktail.
Luckily I had opened up the box before the date night and had a read of of the date night plan. If I had not have done, I wouldn’t of known about infusing the dry gin or making up sugar syrups. Having read how to do this in the date night plan, I found the sugar hiding in the cupboard and made up the thyme sugar syrup and the lady grey sugar syrup. Leaving them both in the fridge overnight to infuse. I then opened up the dry gin and added the lady grey tea leaves and left to infuse over night.
On Valentines day we started our date by cooking a meal. It’s something we do every Valentines day. I set about making the first cocktail while our starters were cooking.The first one we sampled was a ‘Lady Grey Mar-tea-ni’. Reading the recipe, I wasn’t too keen when I saw I needed to use the white of an egg. I have a thing about stuff not being cooked properly. Particularly eggs… haha! However I made it up as per the recipe:-
Lady Grey Mar-tea-ni
- 50 ml of Lady Grey infused Anno Distillery Gin. (I had infused the Gin over night, basically just tipped the lady grey tea leaves into the Gin and let it infuse for a good couple of hours)
- 25ml lemon juice
- 25ml simple syrup (which I made up the night before)
- 1 egg white
- combine your lady grey gin with lemon juice, sugar syrup and the egg white in your shaker.
- shake well
- add ice and shake again – this will chill the cocktail down.
- strain into your cocktail glass. We used Martini glasses but if you don’t have any then any glass would do.
- add lemon peel to garnish.
It was a yummy sweet cocktail, with hints of bergamot and citrus flavours. Followed by the warming feeling of gin. I wish I had enough to make another. We had this along side our starters of seafood.
While the main course was cooking I made up the ‘Cranberry and Thyme G&T’.
Cranberry and Thyme G & T
- 50ml of Anno Distillery Cranberry Gin (this smelt amazing on it’s own)
- 25ml of thyme sugar syrup (made up the night before using the instruction booklet)
- Tonic water
- Cranberry sugar
- Lemon Juice
- Rim your glasses with cranberry sugar and fill it up with ice.
- place the gin and thyme sugar syrup to your cocktail shaker.
- add ice and shake
- add in the tonic water
- strain into your glass.
I made this up in a martini glass as, just because I love they way cocktails look in these glasses, although a long glass would have been perfect.
First tasting this cocktail at first was very very sweet, but delicious. That cold sweet cranberry flavour which a hint of thyme was really lovely. Quite a surprisingly nice combination. We had this along side our main course of turkey poulets and vegetables.
On to the final cocktail, which I have to say I only made for the hubby as I don’t like the flavour of cloves, it reminds me too much of mulled wine which I cannot stand.
- 50ml of Anno Distillery Sloe Gin
- Long squeeze of lemon juice
- 3 cloves
- spoonful of honey
- boiling water
- place your honey into a warm heatproof glass or mug (this is IMPORTANT)
- add the cloves and lemon juice
- top with boiling water and stir until the honey is dissolved.
- allow to cool before adding the the sloe gin.
- stir and add your garnish
I followed the instructions, more or less, however disaster struck when I heard a crack and my lovely glass mason jar split in two. The honey and hot water went everywhere. Clearly, my glass jars are not heat resistant like I thought. Luckily I had some more honey in the cupboard and hadn’t used any of the sloe gin already. The hubby loved the ‘Gin Skin’ cocktail said it reminded him of winter nights in front of the fire.
Sloe Gin and Prosecco Cocktail
I’m a Prosecco lover, so with the left over sloe gin (I wasn’t giving my half up for the hubby) I made up a lovely Prosecco cocktail. It’s simple, just put the sloe gin in the bottom of a champagne flute and float the the Prosecco over the top. Using a little tip I learnt in the bar; Pour the Prosecco over the back of a teaspoon which is held just above the Gin. The Prosecco floats on top, giving you a lovely layered effect. It tasted amazing!
We didn’t play the spin the bottle game that was included, we opted for an early valentines night instead……
As we both love cocktails this was a great date night for us. I enjoyed that I made up all of the cocktails and the Hubby enjoyed drinking them. He did help clear up the mess I made when the glass broke though. I usually make a mess so i think he was prepared!
This month Just Us Box helped with a marriage proposal, so if you have any special requirements they will go out of their way to help out as much as possible. The March date night box is ‘Wilderness’ I have no idea what to expect but I can’t wait for it to arrive.
If you fancy trying next months ‘Wilderness‘ box, then make sure you place your order by 15th March, you can use the code EACH10 to give you a 10% discount on your subscription.
*Thank you Just Us Box for sending me out this fabulous date night box!*