Now Serving – Pommie Pimm’s Jug

By The Lady

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Our final installment in the Pomegranate Trilogy is a twist on a British classic. We had some much fun with the Tangy Friday, and got a bit fancy with the What A Steal!, this time we wanted to go back to one of our favourites. Ages ago, we spoke about mixing up some delicious Pimm’s Cups, and at a recent party that we hosted, we thought the best way to wow our guests was to get our jugs (of Pimm’s) out. Not long after the party, we were gifted the bag ‘o’ pomegranates and knew that some were destined to be in our recently revived classic. We present to you our Pommie Pimm’s Jug!

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Pommie Pimm’s Jug (Makes four tall glasses):

1 orange cut into slices

1 lime cut into slices

1/2 a cucumber cut into slices

8 strawberries, sliced

Pomegranate Seeds from 1 pomegranate

60mL Vanilla Simple Syrup (from the What a Steal!)

120mL Pimm’s

90mL Kangaroo Island Spirits Old Tom Aged Gin

Juice of 1 Pomegranate

Lemonade to serve

Ice, to serve

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Add all the chopped fruit, chopped cucumber, and the pomegranate seeds, as well as the Pimm’s, the gin, the Vanilla Simple Syrup, and the pomegranate juice into large bowl to leave to infuse. Sit for about 10-15 minutes. Half fill a tall glass with the Pimm’s mixture and some ice. Top your glass with lemonade. Add a fancy straw, and umbrella, and you’ve got yo’self a tasty Pommie Pimm’s Jug!

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We’re pretty happy with our twist on one of our favourite classics. The pomegranates and vanilla syrup gave the drink a unique flavour perfect for surprising and impressing your friends. The Pommie Pimm’s Jug had a lovely cucumber scent as well as an intensely delightful fruity flavour. The pomegranate definitely added an extra layer of sweetness, tartness, and an overall tasty goodness! The Vanilla Syrup is a perfect addition and helps to balance out all the flavours from the fruit, cucumber, and liquor. We’re a big fan of fruit, so we suggest when you’re pouring these out, make sure to spoon lots of fruit into your glass.

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So next time you’re hosting a party and want to get your jugs out, keep it classy and make your guests the Pommie Pimm’s Jug!

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Now Serving – Imperial Collins

By The Gentleman

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The Tom Collins is a classic cocktail that we’ve already experimented with once before to great results. For our latest drink we thought we’d give Brooklyn Brewshop’s suggestion a go and mix the classic Tom Collins with beer. That’s right, gin and beer, the best of friends! Introducing the Imperial Collins.

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Imperial Collins

60ml Kangaroo Island Spirits Old Tom Aged Gin

30ml lemon juice

30ml simple syrup

Baird Brewing Suruga Bay Imperial IPA

Ice

Lemon slice

 

In a cocktail shaker, shake together the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice with ice. Shake until it gets real cold. Grab a hi-ball tumbler and add one large ice cube. Make sure it’s a large ice cube otherwise you won’t get the layered effect. Pour in your gin mix. Grab your beer and pour directly onto the ice cube so the beer doesn’t froth up like crazy and you should end up with a nice two-tone layer of gin and beery goodness. Garnish with lemon slice and serve with a straw so you can stir the two together.

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Damn this looked impressive. The layer effect is really cool and we imagine there is some interesting booze science going on here. Admittedly, I was pretty nervous when it came to pouring in the beer. We had some people over and EVERYONE was watching. It was a high pressure situation, which I thankfully aced and everyone was suitably impressed by my concentration face while pouring and the end results. Get those huge ice cubes and layer it up folks. I’m also quite happy with the little bit of head at the top, it reminds you that it’s beer and adds to the look of the drink, providing a third contrasting colour.

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Of course what you want to know is did it taste good. The Lady was skeptical, mainly because it was her fancy gin and she treats her gin like it’s her child. She was concerned the beer was just going to make it taste weird, but it doesn’t! The sweeter Kangaroo Island Spirits Old Tom Gin is the perfect accompaniment to the strong Suruga Bay Imperial IPA. The malt and hops, that provided some damn fine flavour to hummus, remain quite prominent but there’s this sweet, citrus component that gets stronger as the drink mixes and mellows out a lot of the bitterness of the beer. A lesser gin would get lost in all those flavours. It’s basically a super-fancy and rather boozy shandy that has some great aromas of citrus and hops. It’s not quite as light and refreshing as a regular Tom Collins, but instead there’s more complexity and a delightfully mixed after taste of citrus and hops.

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In a lot of ways the Imperial Collins is a fitting drink for us here at the Cocktail Challenge. The Lady is a gin fiend and I’m a beer bandit so the opportunity to combine those two things was just too good to pass up. Hoppy, citrusy, and damn fine to look at the Imperial Collins is successful combination of beer and gin.

 

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On The Shelf – Kangaroo Island Spirits Old Tom Aged Gin

By The Lady

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“Hello everybody, my name is The Lady and I am a Crazy Cat Lady.” This would be my opening line if I were to enter cataholics anonymous rehabilitation, but luckily for me there is no such thing. I’ll admit, way back in May when we checked out Tasting Australia, I set my eyes upon Kangaroo Island Spirits Old Tom Aged Gin and fell in love. Created especially for Tasting Australia 2014 means that this gin is pretty gosh darn special. This limited release liquor combined my two greatest loves – gin and cats. Oh my. Unfortunately, at the time I left it too late to order a bottle and it all sold out (there were tears). Luckily, I happened upon the Kangaroo Island Spirits website and noticed that it was again available for a second time so I immediately snapped up a bottle for myself.

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Firstly, the label is pretty impressive with an old world feel completed (of course) with a cat gazing back. The earthy, rich colours featured on the label reflect the heritage of the Old Tom style of gin. By being a limited run, each bottle is individually labelled which adds an extra special touch. The gin itself has held onto a slight yellowish tone through the aging process, which is refreshingly different from a lot of other gins on the market.

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Over the weekend, The Gentleman and I visited a lovely little cafe in Semaphore, South Australia called The Corner Store. Not only did we eat a delicious brunch, we were able to browse their wares. After our epic meal, we picked up a four pack of Bottlegreen Elderflower Tonic Water. Best decision ever. That night, we combined these two new finds and we’re pretty smitten. Hence, we’d like to present you with the Smitten Kitten.

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In the Smitten Kitten, we used :

60mL KIS Old Tom Aged Gin

90mL Nudie Cloudy Apple Juice  (our favourite!)

175 ml Bottlegreen Elderflower Tonic Water

One slice of dehydrated apple (you could probably use some fresh apple, but we had these preprepared so voilà!)

 

Start by pouring the gin into a glass, then follow with the apple juice. Top the drink with the tonic water and add your apple slice to finish.

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The Smitten Kitten is a deliciously refreshing drink, courtesy of the bubbliness of the tonic water, that we will definitely be putting into regular rotation at The Cocktail Challenge HQ. This cocktail has a lovely balance of sweetness and tartness, neither of which are too overwhelming. In our opinion, it was just the right balance of flavours. The drink was also extremely fragrant, with a delicious floral scent wafting from the glass. At first, the dominant flavour was definitely the floral taste of the elderflower tonic and KIS gin. However, as we were sipping away at the Smitten Kitten, the flavours from the apple juice and dehydrated apple really shone through. Drinkers beware, even though the Smitten Kitten has two shots of gin in it, it does not taste overly alcoholic at all. We could quite happily drink this smooth cocktail for breakfast, but unfortunately it’s not really socially acceptable!

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All in all, we are very happy with our new feline gin which we can add to the collection. Also, we are very excited to use it again very soon for some more #ginlove times! Personally, I will jump at the chance to create cocktails with delicious liquor and name them after cats.

 

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