A classic gin distilled with juniper and citrus
London Dry Gin
A BATCH DISTILLED GIN INFUSED WITH
- Juniperus CommunisJuniper
- Coriandrum SativumCoriander
- Angelica ArchangelicaAngelica Root
- Citrus LimonLemon Peel
- Citrus SinensisOrange Peel
- Rosmarinus OfficinalisRosemary
- Pelargonium CrispumLemon Pelargonium
The main flavouring in all gins, juniper is part of the cypress family and the berries (actually small cones) used in gin usually come from Italy, Serbia, Albania or Macedonia. Originally used to treat stomach pain, it’s been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Currently we source our juniper berries from Albania. The flavouring comes from the essential oils within the berries: fragrant yet spicy with overtones of pine, this is the quintessential gin flavour!
The second most important botanical in our gins, coriander seeds contain an essential oil called linalool which is spicy, fragrant yet with citrus notes. It provides lovely citrus top notes to gin and we’re pleased to say we source our coriander seeds locally.
Angelica root is the third key botanical in our gins. Important because it binds the oils of the various botanicals together, marrying them to provide length (ie to ensure none of them fade away) and substance. On its own it’s a rather musty, rooty (think forest floors) flavour, but does also have citrus and pine notes. The dried root was an ancient remedy for digestive problems and is often used to flavour spirits and liqueurs.
We use the peels rather than the flesh of the fruit because the peels hold a high percentage of the fruit’s oils. Lemon peel works well with the coriander and provides fresh citrus lemon flavours.
As with the lemon, we use the peels rather than the flesh, as this is where all the beautiful citrus orange oils lie.
Piney and fresh, rosemary works well with juniper and adds a longer finish to our Mediterranean and London Dry gins, bringing out fresh herbaceousness. We source our rosemary from the Franschhoek Valley.
Indigenous to South Africa, the lemon pelargonium is beautifully aromatic and adds fresh lemon flavour and top notes to our London Dry gin.
THE PERFECT HOPE LONDON DRY G&T
4 parts Indian tonic
Garnish with a twist of lemon peel and a sprig of rosemary