Woodland Vodka Beachhutcook

Woodland Vodka and Lakeland Martini

We took a little Lake District holiday which inspired a woodland martini recipe

Woodland Vodka Beachhutcook in Lake District

I haven’t been to the Lake District since I was a child and have strong memories of feeling very Swallows & Amazons as we hired a boat and walked across the Lakeland paths.  Coming back some years later I was in awe of the colourful yet ever-changing landscapes and deep inky blue lakes.  I kept pointing and saying Look At That!  I Could Cook Here and Let’s Swim for It – all on repeat.

Woodland Vodka Beachhutcook in Lake District

We stopped off at a waterfall and walked around commenting on how our boys would love it.  I missed them at that very moment to my very soul.  Halfway around the walk I decided that we should pick some fir and put it in vodka and make a martini to remind us of our mini adventure.  No one told me off for picking the fir but then there was no one around as it was just us two for miles. 

Woodland Vodka by Beachhutcook using Douglas Fir

 Next time I go back to the Lake District I will bring our boys.  I felt a pull, a longing and just not sure I can do this childless travelling lark even if they are proper adults now.  Those reading this with young children will probably think I’m mad but I love them and more importantly I like them.

Woodland Vodka by Beachhutcook using Douglas Fir

Woodland Vodka Beachhutcook


Woodland Vodka by Beachhutcook using Douglas Fir

Here’s my recipe for Woodland Vodka and a cocktail for you to make thereafter.  


Citrus and woody, a delicious combination to give your Martinis a zingy hit


Woodland Vodka

75cl triple distilled vodka

4-5 sprigs Douglas Fir, leaves stripped and chopped

Small handful rosehips, pricked over with a pin

15 coriander seeds, crushed

15 juniper berries, chopped

Place all the prepared ingredients along with the vodka in a large sealable jar.  Seal and keep in a dark cool place for about 3-4 days.  Strain into a sterilised bottle.  Allow to round off in the bottle for a couple of weeks but you can just enjoy this straightaway if you like.


Lakeland Martini

(serves 1)

60ml Woodland Fir Vodka

5-10ml Dry Vermouth

Ice cubes


Place all the ingredients in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, stir and strain into a chilled martini glass.

 Woodland Vodka by Beachhutcook using Douglas Fir


Lakeland Martini Cocktail made with Beachhutcook's Woodland Vodka

Woodland Vodka by Beachhutcook


  • Reply Kara 9th March 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Oooo that looks and sounds amazing

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 10th March 2017 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Kara, it was a lovely trip x

  • Reply Jenni 10th March 2017 at 5:02 am

    We love visiting the Lake District, these drinks look fab, your photography is beautiful

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 10th March 2017 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Jenni – too kind! x

  • Reply Jon 10th March 2017 at 11:41 am

    This looks fantastic! I bet it tastes amazing!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 10th March 2017 at 11:43 am

      Thanks Jon, so good I had it with just ice! Will be even better once rounded off in the bottle.

  • Reply five little doves 10th March 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Oh this sounds amazing, and how clever are you doing this? I would never even think of it, I really need to give it a try!

  • Reply Kerry norris 12th March 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Wow this looks amazing. I bet it tastes fab x

  • Reply Zena's Suitcase 12th March 2017 at 8:22 pm

    What a really lovely spin on this drink, I bet it tasted amazing.

  • Reply Lindsey 12th March 2017 at 9:09 pm

    This looks truly divine and loving your pictures

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