This gin excites me. It’s pink! The pink comes from the use of Pommegranate in the distillation process. If you ask for a pink gin at a bar, you will most likely get a gin with a couple of dashes of bitters (most likely angostura), which gives it a pink hue. This drink came from the Royal Navy. Warships didn’t have space to store tonic water or other mixers, so bitters were a way to develop the taste of the gin, without wasting valuable space.
I wouldn’t say this Gin tasted like Pomegranate (for those of you getting too excited) but it does have a light refreshing taste to it. There is a slight fruitiness on the palate, with just a hint of juniper to remind you you’re drinking a gin.
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I tried Warner Edwards Gin for the first time last night and I must admit I’m a little bit in love with it. Distilled in an adorable farm in Harrington, Northamptonshire by Tom Warner and Sion Edwards (Lifelong Friends, how cute is that?), this Gin reminds me of traditional British Farms. Mr Warner is from England and Mr Edwards is from Wales, resulting in a mix of Welsh and English Botanicals.
As soon as I tasted Warner Edwards I thought Nature. It’s taste and texture remind me of the agricultural ways of Britain. I would definitely describe this as a rich gin, that would suit any season. Elderflower is one of the botanicals and you can almost taste a meadow.
After investigating Warner Edwards website I discovered their Copper Still is called Curiosity and well the story behind it warmed my heart.
’W.E. called her ‘Curiosity’ as when W.E. laid the new concrete floor a cat walked all over the floor during the night leaving her prints. The obvious 'Curiosity Killed the Cat…' with the lesser known rejoinder ‘….but satisfaction brought it back!’ However, the definition of curiosity is a strong desire to learn or know something or an unusual object or fact. W.E. felt that this was apt so christened our still ‘Curiosity’!’
The simplest and cheapest ingredient in the world. Sugar syrup. When inventing your own cocktails this is the perfect sweetener to start with.
Made up of water and sugar, you can make this in seconds. Just always use 1 part sugar, 1 part water. This makes it easy to pour and just the right amount of sweetness.
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This drink took me some time to get used to. I will forever remember the first time I made it. A gentleman asked for it and I was happy to make it, but I needed to check my specs as I couldn’t remember the ingredients. He quickly said ‘Don’t worry, I’ll teach you’. He guided me through the simple drink and I gave him an extra Cherry because he had truly been the nicest customer that evening. I’ve never forgotten how to make this drink since. His voice is permanently guiding me through each step.
- Simply add all your ingredients to a boston shaker, with ice.
- Shake. (Apparently you make your sex face when shaking, so keep an eye out next time you ask for a shaken drink)
- Double strain into a coupet and add one Cherry (or two if you like them)
Brambles are simple and delicious. It is the blackcurrant squash of the adult world. This drink looks a lot more impressive than it actually is, so it’s a good one to serve if you want to look like the boss.
- Fill your Rocks glass with crushed ice.
- Add the Lemon Juice, Gomme and Gin and top up the ice.
- Drizzle Chambord over the top of your drink. I suggest adding extra flare at this point.
- Add Berries and Bam! One brilliant Bramble.
A Tom Collins is made with Old Tom Gin. Old Tom’s are sweeter than other Gins. This was because when us Brits first started making Gin we were….Crap. So we sweetened it to make it taste better! How clever were we? If you were to make this drink with any other Gin it would become a John Collins. Easy Peasy Pudding and Pie.
This shall be my summer drink. I can imagine sitting in a park, on a blanket with triangle sandwiches, cupcakes and a cracking Tom Collins. Long and refreshing. Just what everyone needs.
- Ice up your Collins glass (as I always say, fill it right to the top)
- Add the Gomme, Lemon Juice and Old Tom Gin,starting with the cheapest first(just in case you make a boo boo).
- Top up your glass with soda and give it a quick churn. I say quick because if you churn it too much your soda will go flat and who would want flat soda?
- Garnish with a Lemon Wedge and sip until your heart in content.