Perfect accompanying notes
Perfect accompanying notes
Adding the right ingredients to your gin makes the difference between a good drink and a great one. Use our flavour guide to pair your drinks with the perfect mixer and flair them with the best garnish.
Taken from a punchy, crunchy pink peppercorn – it is a berry which is plucked from the Brazilian pepper tree at the height of its ripeness. It lends an exotic, light peppery taste to proceedings.
Technically, Junipers are not actually berries, but in fact are cones. Potentially the only spice derived from conifers.
One of the more robust floral botanicals, its taste resembles a tart berry-like flavour with some earthier elements.
The fruit of a cardamom plant are used as both a spice and aromatic herb. With a slightly citrusy scent, cardamom has an intense and mildly spicy flavour.
Funnily enough the name is deceiving. Although named peppercorns, they are not in fact a pepper at all, but are actually members of the cashew family. Originally native and grown in South America, it is growing in its use in gins due to its compatibility to juniper berries. Without being too hot, they add a nice bit of spice to a fruity flavour.
The main ingredient of gin. When you hear juniper berries, most people instantly think of gin. They produce the unique taste to the spirit that people all over the world have grown to love. It is the signature note. The name gin is actually derived from the French & Dutch names for juniper, genièvre and jenever retrospectively.
Hibiscus has a very distinctive flavour that integrates perfectly with the juniper berry flavour. Although it is one of the more robust floral botanicals it is never dominating or overpowering. Its taste is often said to resemble a cranberry flavour with both sweet and earthier elements. The hibiscus leaves or petals are dried before making their way to your glass.
Known as the “Grains of Paradise”, cardamom is commonly used as both a spice and aromatic herb. Within the cardamom fruit there are intensely aromatic seeds which lend the fruit its spicy taste but also lends a hint of sweetness.
Fresh, citrus headlines that blends well with pink peppercorn and lemongrass for an extra kick. Both fresh and dried, orange peel is a popular gin botanical which adds a soft taste on bright days.
Star Anise is well-loved spice native to northeast Vietnam and southwest China. It is widely used in both the food and drinks industry due to is complementary pairing with citrus and its exotic aromatic flavour.
Picked from the flower itself, rose petals have a sweet and subtle taste providing the perfect floral undertone.
Crisp, tart with a citrus note, dried lemon is the tried and tested garnish of choice. Its sharpness nicely contrasts some of the spicier notes and the heavier juniper flavour.
Orange peel, both fresh and dried, proves very popular with many gin distillers. Most frequently used is the dried peel of a Seville Orange or as it’s more commonly known, the “bitter orange”. Although you wouldn’t typically find yourself drinking this as a juice, when dried and used as a garnish it provides a powerful twist. Sweet oranges are used less often as their rinds don’t impart as much flavour. If you prefer a softer taste to your drink, sweet oranges can add more of a fruity undertone when used fresh.
True to its name, star anise is a star shaped fruit from the illicium verum tree which grows natively in northeast Vietnam and southeast China. In Europe, it has been used as a spice to mull wine and is now increasingly being used to add an exotic aromatic element to gin recipes. Without being too intense in flavour, it can add a nice warmth to your drink.
Depending on the flower they are picked from, rose petals can have a variety of tastes from sweetness to spice or citrusy. With Persian inspired origins ,they are often very aromatic and retain their floral nature through both cooking and drying.
In the world of gin, lemon is one of the top botanicals. Before use, it is peeled or sliced and then dried and can therefore be infused or used in distillation. Originating in India, the citrus lemon tree was introduced to Europe through Italy and its fruits have since been used to add a refreshing twist to G&Ts across the globe.
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