World Gin Day - 8th June
Enjoy World Gin Day on the 8th June with a G&T. We have a fantastic gin from the north west Highlands of Scotland - say hello to Badachro. Cheers!
Distilled in Badachro, in the north west Highlands of Scotland, Badachro gin is a characterful, artisan gin from a very small distillery. Combining traditional juniper with hand picked wild myrtle, local gorse blossom and elderflower. These botanicals are hand foraged in Badachro by Vanessa and Gordon. Their beautiful old still, Delilah, then works her magic.
Wild myrtle dominates on the nose, with juniper and a slight citrus character. In the mouth, it’s tremendously smooth, with juniper and myrtle dominant at first, a hint of liquorice then comes through to combine with notes of coriander. This then gives way to a fresh, slightly sweet lavender character and a light citrus finish.
The Perfect Serve
Ideal on it’s own as a sipping gin or in a classic G&T, with a quality tonic water (Double Dutch or Fevertree Premium Indian), plenty of ice and a slice of lime. A cardamom pod adds a new dimension and a lovely dry finish.
Served best as a double!
Or, why not celebrate in style with a Badachro Gin fizz!
Badachro Gin Fizz
50ml Badachro per person
25ml lemon juice
2 tsp sugar syrup
Pour the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker and fill up with ice cubes. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold then strain into a tall glass filled with more ice. (If you don't have a shaker, simply add the ingredients to a glass and stir)
Top up with your favourite prosecco.
Garnish with a lemon slice.
Did you know?
Gin gets its name from the Dutch word for juniper, which is genever. It is juniper that sets gin apart from all other types of spirit, as it is juniper that must be the present and perceptible flavour for a spirit to be classified as gin.
Its inventor is widely thought to be a Dutch physician who went by the name of Franciscus Sylvius, who used it for medicinal purposes back in 1550. The English first got their hands on the spirit whilst over there fighting against the Spanish in the Thirty Years’ War, using it to calm their nerves before a battle and warm them up. Yes, that’s right. Gin is the original ‘Dutch Courage’. The soldiers took their newly found favourite spirit home with them of course, and they never looked back.
It remained popular with the Brits, notable for its use by soldiers and colonials living in lands prone to malaria infections. Gin was excellent at masking the unpleasant, bitter flavour of the anti-malarial alkaloid quinine. Quinine is a bitter compound that comes from the bark of the cinchona tree, and is found in tonic water. This medical elixir developed into the Gin & Tonic we know and love to this day.