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The Perfect Christmas Gift for Country Lovers

We all know somebody who’s difficult to buy for at Christmas – whether it’s the aunt who is very particular about everything, or the cousin whose only interests seem to be rugby, course fishing and shooting – there is always somebody who is a real problem when it comes to gifts.

Well this year your problems are over, because Urban and Wild has a solution for every tricky gifting situation:

Glorious gin for country-loving friends

Game Bird Gin Red Shotgun Cartridge Cases

One of the greatest things about living a country life is that you get to see the raw materials that go into making all good things: from a fine day’s shooting, to a well-seasoned woodpile, to a crisp winter walk or … a delicious gin. Our Game Bird Gin is a botanical – that means it’s been carefully infused with citrus and rosemary to create a satisfying and subtle flavour. Our small batches – just 100 bottles at a time – are carefully supervised and lovingly packaged to be exceptional in taste and appearance and each 40% proof, 70 cl bottle is elegantly presented in a shotgun cartridge case gift box – not only the perfect gift, but the ideal grace note for any country lover at Christmas.

Classic sloe gin for those who enjoy a traditional Christmas

Our Game Bird Sloe Gin, is produced in similarly small quantities to our Game Bird Gin, which means that we oversee the infusion of our premium gin with sloes to create a complex, resonant traditional sloe gin – a British staple since the 18th Century. At 26% proof, each 70 cl bottle arrives in a presentation shotgun cartridge case gift box. And if you’re looking for a really traditional cocktail recipe to bring out the best of our Game Bird Sloe gin, we can’t think of anything better than the Charlie Chaplin – invented at New York’s Waldorf Astoria for the comedian it’s named after, back in 1920:

Charlie Chaplin

35ml Game Bird Sloe gin
25ml lime juice
20ml apricot brandy
5ml sugar syrup (or agave syrup for a modern twist)

Method – Put all ingredients in an ice-packed shaker and shake until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a chilled glass. Decorate with a twist of lime

Gin Hamper for the person who has everything

Dealing with somebody who has everything is tough, but the Double Game Bird Gin gift hamper is the perfect solution. With two bottles of wonderful gin: the Game Bird Botanical gin in a red gift box and the Game Bird Sloe gin in a green one, two Fever Tree tonic waters, presented in an endlessly useful wicker hamper, this is the ideal gift for those who enjoy a great drink with good companions. We’ve even curated a special recipe to help you enjoy our gins at their finest.

Game bird sloe gin cocktail being servedCranberry and Sloe Gin Martini

50ml Game Bird Botanical gin
20 ml Game Bird Sloe gin
20 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon cranberry jelly

Method – Put all ingredients in an ice-packed shaker and shake until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a chilled glass. Decorate with a twist of lemon peel and a couple of juniper berries.

So relax, put your feet up and pour yourself a drink – Urban and Wild has your Christmas shopping sorted!

Urban & Wild – The story behind our shirts

Life isn’t always easy for women who like to be active. It’s long been the case that women who like to shoot, fish or ride find that the clothing available to them is just a little bit lacking – if it’s comfortable then it’s not stylish, and if it’s stylish it’s just not that enjoyable to wear. But all that changed at the beginning of 2018 when the Urban & Wild team put their combined talents to the task of creating high quality, British-made women’s clothing, including Ladies Country Shirts, that look great and perform impeccably, regardless of the challenge.

Ladies Country Shirts

Country shirts for shooting need to have some ‘give’ and to be flexible as the body turns. They need a longer sleeve and body length to accommodate this movement but they still need to look fantastic and be comfortable for a day out in the field, regardless of the weather conditions. That’s why Urban & Wild have designed two different shirt styles to ensure every women can find the perfect outfit for her country pursuits. All our shirts are designed with a quality cotton and elastane blend to allow for stretch and movement.

The Alexandra shirtAlexandra Ladies Country Shirt

The Alexandra shirt has a traditional button to the neck design and has been specifically created to look good while you shoot, cast or ride. Available either in classic white or three attractive colour ways: rust, pink or cream, green and pink check, this is the shirt that every country woman, and equestrian’s who wear hunting pink in particular, has been waiting for.

Stephanie Ladies White ShirtThe  Stephanie shirt

With its more relaxed, open collar, this shirt is ideal for the keen shot, as it permits maximum range of movement. When you want to look smart on the peg, the Stephanie shirt should be your first choice for performance harnessed to great good looks. Available in the same range of colours as the Alexandra: brilliant white or flattering checks, it harmonises perfectly, whether you’re in tweeds, a Barbour or just chilling on a country walk.

Urban & Wild’s unique commitment

Our shirts are named for two of the Urban & Wild family, Alexandra and Stephanie, our daughters! That’s one of the things that makes our clothing unique – Stephanie, as a keen shot who learned clay shooting at Purbeck Shooting School – is perfectly placed to ensure that our garments work as they are intended, are comfortable and offer a premium fit. In addition, we make our shirts in the UK, using premium cotton fabric, to ensure that your investment in our brand is not just comfy, stylish and well fitting, but also durable and long lasting – looking as good at the end of the season as it did at the beginning.

And that’s not the end of the story! We’ve designed gorgeous jumpers and top flight accessories to round out your country pursuits wardrobe, so that you can layer for the weather, dress up or dress down, and still look great and feel great. Urban & Wild – your perfect companion in the field.

Find us at the Kingston Maurward Christmas Fair

Christmas Food FairHere at Urban & Wild we’re excited to announce that we’ll be at the Kingston Maurward Christmas Craft & Gourmet Food Fair, being held at Kingston Maurward House, Dorchester, from 10am – 5pm on both the 3rd and 4th November 2018. Want to see our range of Ladies Shooting Shirts and Jumpers in person or fancy getting your hands on one of our scrumptious Gins? Then this is the place to be! We hope you can make it to join us on one of the two days.