Hendrick's Gin is holding a series of fêtes called "Voyages Into the Unusual" to celebrate its handcrafted cool-cucumber-and-rose-infused gin. The traveling party, which has been making its way around the country (next up, NYC), is meant to bring the peculiar world of Hendrick’s Gin to life and provide an all-encompassing experience of the spirit. Part of Voyages is a Cocktail Academy with brand ambassador Jim Ryan, something we took part in when the outfit made a stop in Philadelphia.
Upon our arrival at the Academy on a recent Wednesday evening, we were treated to a punch made especially for the event. The drink featured apple brandy and apple slices along with the interesting choice of Moroccan tea, inspired by Ryan's recent vacation there.
"For every city, we incorporate a local, seasonal ingredient,” Ryan explains, “This being fall in the Northeast, apples were a dead ringer. I wanted to bring the season to life into a gin punch so used apple brandy made just across the border in New Jersey, local apple slices, Angostura bitters — which have rich, deep spice notes — and some fresh lemon juice. And tea, a great ingredient that will stretch out a punch and bring it to life, so you're not over-pouring your spirits."
Ryan regaled the small class with the history of Hendrick's, an award winning spirit produced in a small town in Scotland from a recipe by master distiller Lesley Gracie. Hendrick's was first introduced to America 10 years ago; it's orchestrated with 11 botanicals (caraway seeds, juniper, orange peel, coriander, yarrow, lemon peel, chamomile, ederflower, angelica root, orris root and cubeb berries) and infused with rose petals and cucumber, giving it a very smooth, balanced and subtle flavor.
Ryan led a small contingent of people through making two cocktails and preparing a punch. Guests got to make Elderflower Cooler, Cucumber Lemonade and Tenured Punch over the course of an hour and a half. "Great drinks made with great spirits beg for — no, necessitate! — fresh ingredients. I cannot emphasize that enough!" Ryan notes, commenting on the recipes used for the lesson.
On whether Hendrick's Gin shines more as a mixer or straight up, Ryan says, "It depends on the occasion. Iit does mix delightfully well in cocktails, especially more modern styles; cocktails that use fresh muddled fruit or herbs or newer liqueurs. It's a lighter floral style of gin, so the flavor can get masked in classic gin cocktails. However, a Hendrick's gin martini is amazing."
Or keep it simple with a Hendrick's and tonic, garnished with a cucumber spear, of course.
Photos via Hendrick's Gin on Facebook
There's a fountain in Abruzzo that gives out a constant stream not of water, but of wine, and for no charge....read more ›
According to the Wall Street Journal, Kirin, which is the second-largest beer maker by market share in Japan, is buying into Brooklyn Brewery....read more ›
Ever wonder what type of drink to order to give off a certain vibe at a bar or party? According to a recent Budweiser survey, men and women who drink ...read more ›
Their solution is the creation of animal safe, edible six-pack rings....read more ›
This means anyone who travels to Cuban can bring as much rum and/or cigars back as they'd like!...read more ›
The Great American Beer Festival celebrated 35 years of great beers on October 6-8 and this festival was the biggest one yet. ...read more ›
The TV Beer Mug is a mug with a slant in it so you never have to look away from the television....read more ›
But don't get too excited-there's no THC in this beer, meaning it won't get you "high"....read more ›
The program provides coaching, mentoring, education and business loans for small and emerging companies. ...read more ›
Not a sports champion, but a champion of beer....read more ›
Over 1,000 beers from home brewers around the country participated. ...read more ›
Scientists at UC San Diego have been developing a temporary tattoo than can measure blood alcohol content...read more ›