I visited the new Beefeater Gin Distillery which launched this month! Perfectly located near both Vauxhall and Kennington, when you arrive you will be able to experience an interactive tour through the ages of gin, my historical journey ended with the sniffing of ample botanicals and the sipping of a much deserved G & T ( I cycled to the distillery you see). Established by James Burrough in the early 1860s, Master Distiller Desmond Payne is the custodian of the original Beefeater gin recipe. He personally ensures that the taste and quality of the world’s most awarded gin* continue to live up to the founder’s vision.
To celebrate the launch of Beefeater London: The Home of Gin Visitor Centre, Beefeater Gin has partnered with The Blind Pig bar in soho to create a cocktail inspired by the rich history of gin. ‘The Journey of Gin’, a delicious cocktail created by bartender Kyle Wilkinson of The Blind Pig, will be exclusively available to enjoy at this popular Soho cocktail bar!!!
Kyle Wilkinson’s historically inspired creation combines Beefeater’s famous London Dry Gin with lime juice, egg white, homemade rhubarb syrup, Kamm & Sons and Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao.
Kyle explains: ‘The Journey of Gin’ cocktail is a twist on a Corpse Reviver no 2, an American bartender’s invention. I wanted to make an American drink to represent the huge influx of American cocktails and bartenders in Europe during prohibition; this had a massive impact on Britain and the way in which gin is consumed in London. Kamm and Sons and the addition of rhubarb syrup give the all-important British influence which delivers the distinctive and delicious flavour.”
As well as referencing the American and British influences on the history of gin, Kyle used the orange liqueur, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, to recognise the impact of the Dutch, and of William of Orange, on the development and growth of gin consumption during the seventeenth century. The Dutch are credited with making the first juniper spirits to be consumed that was not strictly for medicinal purposes; while William of Orange, who became King of England in 1689, helped to popularise gin among the British people.
The Journey of Gin
Created by Kyle Wilkinson – The Blind Pig
In a cocktail shaker pour:
· 30ml Beefeater London Dry Gin
· 20ml Kamm and Sons
· 20ml Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
· 20ml Lime Juice
· 7.5ml Homemade Rhubarb Syrup
· 15ml Egg White
Method: Dry shake, then shake very hard with ice and fine strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with Angostura Bitters and Orange Zest.
‘The Journey of Gin’ has been created to celebrate the launch of one of London’s best kept secrets, Beefeater London, the Home of Gin, which opens its doors for the very first time to visitors on Thursday 22 May. Tickets for this unique new London attraction are on sale NOW.
Journey of Gin is available at The Blind Pig throughout May http://www.socialeatinghouse.com