Now Serving – Pop My Cherry!

By The Gentleman

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I discovered something recently that I feel I should have know earlier. Cherries are basically crack to The Lady. Last Christmas there was a bit of a shortage of cherries so I don’t remember experiencing this, but this year cherries are in abundance and she is just going crazy for them. We got given a massive bag of cherries and by the time I got around to making a drink with them they were almost all gone! So, readers, you’re quite lucky that we can even post this drink as the crucial ingredient was almost missing. Introducing Pop My Cherry!

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Pop My Cherry

For 2

150 ml Breuckelen Distilling Glorious Gin

1 bag Tea For Who Christmas Tea

6 fresh cherries

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp bourbon vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sugar

120 ml Nudie Cloudy Apple Juice

20 ml lime juice

Ice

Cinnamon for garnish

Dehydrated Orange for garnish

In a glass infuse the gin with the Christmas tea for at least 5 minutes. While the tea is infusing muddle the cherries in the base of a cocktail shaker with the cinnamon, vanilla and sugar. Once you’ve finished muddling the cherries remove the tea bag from the gin and pour it in with the cherries. Add the lime juice and apple juice and then fill with ice. Shake it real good then strain into ice-filled brandy balloons. Garnish with a dehydrated orange slice and a dusting of cinnamon.

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The drink had cherries in it so The Lady was always going to like it, but there were a few extra elements that made this Pop My Cherry! Mainly the drink had a gorgeous bright pink colour. The apple juice tones down the really deep, dark tones of the cherries and makes it a lighter and very pretty colour, and we all know pretty things are always a winner. The Lady also loves tea so that’s another big tick. This time the tea didn’t infuse as strongly as the Clubhouse Rock, but we didn’t infuse it as long. We wanted to make sure we got the balance between the tea and the gin, which tends to have more of an independent character than most vodkas. We didn’t want one to overpower the other. The Tea For Who Christmas Tea has nutmeg, almond, and orange flavours and we think these gave the drink a nice spicy, warming aftertaste. The tea paired really nicely with the cinnamon and vanilla that we added because there’s not a lot that doesn’t benefit from a dash of cinnamon or vanilla. Also given the fact that there’s two and a half shots of gin it was very smooth and easy to drink. This is a drink to get you comfortably sauced with minimal effort so watch out. Finally, the cherries gave the drink a nice tart and sour flavour that moves to a spicy aftertaste. It’s an interesting but delicious combination. We think the cloudy apple juice also makes the drink less sweet than if we used normal apple juice. That mix of sweet and tart flavours made the drink taste like some sort of fancy-pants cordial and we are all about the classier things in life so that’s okay with us.

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The cherries may only be available for a short period of time, and even shorter period of time if The Lady keeps eating them, so grab a bunch quick smart and mash those bad boys up so you can indulge in some fine Pop My Cherry! One sip and you’ll be hooked.

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Now Serving – Glorious Gin and Tonic

By The Gentleman

 

You may recall a little while ago we added the Breuckelen Distilling Glorious Gin to our On The Shelf category. At that stage we hadn’t yet had the chance to crack open the bottle and sample what the Brooklyn based distillery had to offer. Well, we’ve rightly rectified that and indulged in a few Glorious Gin and Tonics.

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30ml Breuckelen Distilling Glorious Gin

90-100ml Fentiman’s Tonic Water

Slice of Grapefruit

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In the Breuckelen Distilling On the Shelf article I highlighted that the gin is made with grapefruit and I’d like to make a Glorious gin and tonic with grapefruit in it. It was a good thing that I got one as it really went well with the gin. I had to cut a few slices of grapefruit before I got a good piece and I squeezed the juice from those few slices into the gin as well. I think those few drops of juice helped the flavour. It was just a really well balanced gin and tonic. The Fentiman’s Tonic Water is great, it has a very nice smell from all the botanicals used, and seemed to compliment the gin. The drink wasn’t sweet but it wasn’t overly bitter either which most gin and tonics at a bar tend to be.

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It is safe to say that the Breuckelen Distilling Glorious Gin tastes as good as it looks. The use of a grapefruit slice instead of a lime is key here I think as it suits the gin and I was pretty pleased with my first experience with the Fentiman’s Tonic Water. A simple but delicious mix you should all try.

 

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On The Shelf- Breuckelen Distilling Glorious Gin

As part of my cocktail journey I am still seeking out well designed and interesting distillers and brewers to help broaden my spirit knowledge. For my birthday I was lucky to receive a bottle of Breuckelen Distilling’s Glorious Gin. As you might expect Breuckelen Distilling are located in Brooklyn, New York. They mill, mash, ferment, distill, mature, fill, and label each and every bottle of spirits they produce, placing a real emphasis on being made by hand.

Glorious Gin

Glorious Gin

I’m yet to open my bottle but the site claims the Glorious Gin is distilled with juniper, lemon, rosemary, ginger, and grapefruit. It sounds like quite a flavorful combination and I’m really looking to opening it and pairing it with some nice tonic water and a slice of grapefruit to just appreciate the flavors.

Glorious Gin

Glorious Gin

The label is beautiful and elegant, utilising black and white to really standout on the clear bottle. On the shelf it has a striking presence and the flowing typography of the label really catches the eye. It is a simple, clean bottle which is just the sort of thing I like. It also gets bonus points for including a random dog on the back of the bottle. Seriously, puppies win every time.

If the Glorious Gin tastes half as good as it looks then I’ll be in for a real treat.

 

UPDATE: The guys at Breuckelen Distilling got back to me on Twitter to inform me that the puppy on the bottle is not Random, but Charlie the very happy Breuckelen Distilling booze hound.

 

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