In the United States, we’re celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday this weekend. Traditionally, it’s a holiday characterized by a table full of rich food, time spent with family and friends, and maybe a cocktail or two. To celebrate, we’re sharing some of our favorite Hendrick’s Gin cocktails from around the world. Drink up and have a happy Thanksgiving!
The following article by Ryan Crosby first appeared in Ker & Downey’s Spring 2014 Quest Magazine.
Hendrick’s gin arrived on the scene ten years ago with a vibrant twist to the Juniper-dominated spirit our grandparents loved. Mashed cucumber and pressed rose petal infusions create a distinctive and exciting flavor that caters to modern gin enthusiasts as well as the recent mixology trend in bar tending. Emerging to the forefront of the “New American-Style Gin” movement, this Scotland-produced spirit uses a very small batch distillation process to allow more control when infusing the 11 unique botanicals they have introduced to the classic formula. These include coriander seed, sweet angelica root and the flavor-binding orris root, which complement the exotic flavor of juniper berry. While innovating to invigorate the spirit, Hendrick’s tips its hat to the past with an old-timey, apothecary-style bottle.
This turn-of-the-century bombshell was invented at legendary Raffles Singapore by the Hainanese-Chinese bartender, Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon. It was created to appeal to women with its pink color and fruity flavor, but we think the tropical remix using Hendrick’s subdues the sweetness and satisfies the boys, too. Enjoy it at the hotel’s Long Bar.
- 30 ml Hendrick’s gin
- 15 ml cherry brandy 120 ml pineapple juice 15 ml lime juice
- 7.5 ml cointreau
- 7.5 ml dom bénédictine
- 10 ml grenadine
- a dash of angostura bitters
Mix the ingredients. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and cherry.
Corquet Club Cobbler
London’s The Savoy is the celebrated stomping ground of famous celebrities and politicians, from Winston Churchill to Frank Sinatra to Christian Dior. The decadent hotel on the banks of the Thames houses a handful of beautiful watering holes that have stood the test of time, yet are hip enough for the young and modern set. For a memorable drink, access the hotel via yacht from its private pier and order this up from the 80-year-old Savoy Cocktail Book to the sound of live American jazz.
- 45 ml Hendrick’s gin
- 10 ml Fino sherry
- 15 ml st. germain elderflower
- 25 ml pineapple juice
- 30 ml lemon juice 15 ml sugar syrup
Mix the ingredients. Garnish with slice of cucumber.
Gin & Tonic
A famous libation, the gin and tonic has a somewhat disputed history with two former colonial powers laying claim to its origin— the English and the Dutch (with England having the edge). It’s ideal for an afternoon, post-game drive refresher or romantic sundowner at family-run Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp. The vintage lodge is the darling of Maasai Mara loyalists and fashionistas, for awesome game viewing and for its out of Africa-like period decor.
- 50 ml (a little more than a standard shot) Hendrick’s gin
- 150 ml good tonic water
Combine in a highball glass over ice and garnish with a cucumber slice and, if you like, rosemary sprig.
We hope you enjoy your holiday weekend. The Ker & Downey offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th. For more information, please contact us or visit us online at www.kerdowney.com. To read the current issue of QUEST magazine online, click here, and be sure to stay up to date on all of QUEST’s online content by following the QUEST Facebook page.