Gin is one of the most popular spirits today and has evolved significantly since its beginnings. It is originally thought to have been produced in the early 17th century in Holland for medicinal purposes yet it was soon made to be increasingly palatable by the Dutch with the inclusion of juniper, fashioning a more appealing beverage. However, gin did not take off in mainstream markets until the 1920s, an era that saw the rise of “the cocktail party,” and hence gin becoming one of the most essential drinks for home entertainment.
In the modern day, it can be hard when picking a gin due to its wide popularity and long history, and this is why today we are going to introduce you to one of our leading products, Gin Vedrenne 1&9.
Gin Vedrenne 1&9 is produced in France by the Distillerie des Terres Rouges, near the Dordogne valley. Here the art of purification and the discovery of unique aromas and flavours is a long-lasting tradition that spans over thousands of years, and will continue over many more.
This gin was created though progressive stages of exploration, leading to the formulation of its name, derived from its nine key ingredients: juniper berries, coriander, cardamom, sweet orange peel, Jamaican chili pepper and angelica.
Its clear colour parallels with its elegant and delicate aroma, yet juxtaposes with its powerful and balanced taste. This makes it an incomparable gin for a mixer in cocktails.
It’s good to remember that gin is the perfect complement to Thai or other Asian cuisines, due to the harmony of the dry and spicy flavors that stem from both. And when drinking gin, don’t be afraid to stray away from the usual gin and tonic or martini. Included is a recipe for one of our favorite cocktails – a chamomile gin:
Chamomile Gin Cocktail
Recipe by Dave Mueller
- 1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers or 12 chamomile tea bags
- 6 tablespoons honey
- 2 cups London dry gin
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- Mix chamomile and 6 tablespoons of very hot water in a medium bowl. Let stand for 1 minute.
- Stir in honey; mash chamomile with a wooden spoon. Let cool slightly.
- Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pressing on solids to release liquid. Discard solids in sieve.
- Add gin, lemon juice, and 4 cups ice to pitcher.
- Stir until ice is melted. Divide among chilled coupe glasses.