Gin and ginger are natural, and traditional, partners. Learn about the history of this combination and some of our favourite gingery gins.
Much like popcorn at the movies, gin used to be drunk with gingerbread at executions. “Charming!” you say, “Why are you telling me this?” because despite it’s gory past - it’s lovely!
Pre-tonic, gin would be enjoyed hot, usually in a drink like Purl or a Gin Punch, with a good, ol’ slab of gingerbread. Picture it, you’re in the middle of the Little Ice Age, clutching a hot, sweet gin drink, the gingerbread fresh, spiced and filling - doesn't it sound heavenly! The flavours play well together, the crispness of the ginger complementing the piney, citrus notes of our favourite tipple.
While gin and gingerbread as a food pairing is something that’s mostly been lost, the fact that spirit and spice go so well together certainly hasn’t been. Many gin cocktails use fresh ginger or ginger ale (we’d recommend trying Le Gin 1&9 with ginger ale and chillies). Ginger is also often a noticeable flavour within gin, some even use it as a key botanical.
We couldn’t tell you about gin and ginger without having a selection of gingery gins to share with you!
Brennan and Brown believe that there’s always time for gin, specifically, ginger and gin! The founder, Rich Bamber, had been told by a well-established distiller that there had been no gin in over a hundred years that had ginger as the predominant flavour and so they set off on a journey to make one. They more than succeeded - Brennan and Brown is a smooth yet crisp gin with lemon and orange working alongside warming ginger.
Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Liqueur is a contemporary classic! Tasting like a thoroughly nostalgic rhubarb and custard sweet with the added of maturity of gin and a fantastic ginger finish. This is a delicious drink neat or topped with prosecco. The ginger is just perfect in here, adding a brilliant bite to an otherwise sweet gin.
Williams Chase Extra Dry is perfect for a classic G&T! The use of juniper buds and berries make this a particularly dry and very robust gin; juniper, dark chocolate and citrus zest upfront on the palate, followed by warm, spicy notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
Made from their single estate vodka Williams Chase Extra Dry Gin is, as the name suggests, particularly dry and has a wonderful touch of spice. Ginger unites a whole contingent of spices (cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and coriander) to make a bright and complex spirit whose dryness is perfect for a crisp G&T.
One of our favourite gins here at HQ is Brockmans, and Brockmans and ginger ale is something you absolutely must try!
To make it at home: take a glass stacked with ice, add Brockmans Gin, a healthy splash of ginger ale and two blueberries. Then, for the piece de resistance - a dash of creme de mure (that’s blackberry liqueur if your French is a bit rusty)!
Brockman’s is naturally reminiscent of blackberry flavours so it meshes well with the creme de mure and the ginger cuts through the richness of the fruit to produce a truly refreshing drink.
Just the ticket for a gin drink on a cold autumn evening. Pick some Brockmans up today from our gin shop.
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