Our first featured tonic in the I Love Gin club will be BTW – joining Jensen’s Gins at the end of this month to create the very first I Love Gin subscription box!
At Bermondsey Tonic Water they love gin almost as much as us and they understand the huge significance of a decent gin and tonic! So they have created the perfect tonic designed to preserve and compliment distinct flavours in every gin.
Handmade in Bermondsey (just ’round the corner from the Jensen’s Gin Distillery, in fact!), to a Victorian recipe, using a range of all natural ingredients including quinine extracted from the bark of the South American cinchona tree, BTW carefully craft their tonic in super small batches of around 60 litres by soaking Cinchona bark in BTW syrup.
We’re thrilled to announce that Jensen’s Gin will be the first gin to feature in our I Love Gin club box at the end of this month alongside BTW Tonic Water!
Christian Jensen, a banking IT specialist, was working in Tokyo and came across a hidden bar serving a “Naked Martini” – just London Dry gin and a twist of lime. Jensen enjoyed the drink so much he regularly returned to the bar during his stay, and on his last visit before returning to London he was presented with a bottle of the gin by the owner. This gin was no longer in production, and the brand on the label was illegible. Jensen made it his personal mission to find or recreate his new favourite spirit when he was back in London.
Fentiman’s Botanically Brewed Beverages are made with all-natural ingredients without any artificial sweeteners, and specially brewed with botanicals for extra flavour.
What is botanical brewing exactly?
I’m glad you asked, it’s a rare talent! Botanical brewing is a combination of infusions, blending and fermentation of natural ingredients. Thomas Fentiman’s original botanical brewing method takes seven whole days – there’s no rushing in botanical brewing as this time-honoured technique requires concentration and focus in order to guarantee a superior beverage.
First of all the chosen botanicals are crushed and placed into copper steam jacket pans to extract the finest elements of flavour. The botanical extract is then filtered into a wooden vat where it is left overnight. This will help the live yeast to develop. The yeast is then removed the next morning and the live liquid is left to ferment in the wooden vat a while longer.
This is how Fentiman’s beverages has been brewed since 1905. It is this process that produces the depth of flavour, the sensation and rich texture which are the hallmark of Fentiman’s drinks today.
Here’s 5 recipes that will get you drinking/eating gin and tonic like never before…
Gin and Tonic Popsicles
Ice lollies for adults. Forget gin on rocks with slice of cucumber, lick it off the stick and you won’t even notice you got yourself drunk.
These are so great for a sunny summers day and not hard to make. Why not make a batch now so they are ready for when the sun comes out.
Recipe for Gin, Cucumber and white current lollies
350g fresh white currants
½ cup sugar
Juice of half a lemon
1 cup gin
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced cucumber
Simmer the the white currants and sugar with about ½ a cup of water for 8-10 mins. Leave to cool. Strain, and push pulp through sieve to remove seeds. Add the lemon juice, gin and water. Pour into the popsicle mould (if you don’t have one then plastic champagne glasses work well – probably about 7-8) insert cucumber or lemon slices and freeze for at least 5 hours.
Spring is on it’s way and there’s nothing I enjoy more on a sunny day that a classic Gin and Tonic cocktail, however we’ve covered this previously with ‘The Perfect Serve‘ so now we are here to share a few other gin cocktail recipes for you to try with you’re favourite gin.
Known for their Whisky, Guinness and Baileys this may come a surprise to some of you but Ireland is in fact, home to a rich and lively gin drinking scene, and the country is hardly inexperienced when it comes to distilling it too.
Distilling is an ancient art in Ireland- for how long we do not know exactly – but probably just longer than 1,000 years.
There are SO many gins out there that it can sometimes be overwhelming when you stand at the bar and order a G&T and the barman turns and asks you what gin you’d like…he points at a whole back bar stacked full of GIN! This shouldn’t be a mad moment of panic where you feel so under pressure that you end up going for the closest bottle or the one you vaguely recognise or stands out on the shelf! This should be your time to shine and impress Mr Bartender with your Gin knowledge…so let’s start with some top British Gins.
Most of you gin drinkers can pretty much be divided into one of two sides – those who support the lemon, and those who defend the lime!
However, lately the list of potential garnishes for you G&T has grown, and we are now faced with a seemingly endless array of options, creating the perfect Gin and Tonic is more complicated than it sounds…
I simply love the sound of ice clinking against the glass and the fizz of the tonic as you pour yourself a drink at the end of a long day..
But there is so much more to a G&T than just being a refreshingly boozy offering that involves a shot of Gordon’s, topped with Schweppes Slimline tonic and maybe a slice of lemon if it’s there. Here’s how to make a perfect G&T every time: