Hendrick’s Gin is Oddly made from Botanicals and Scottish Water
A most curious gin indeed, Hendrick’s Gin is made in Scotland from a handful of interesting botanicals and then infused with Bulgarian Rose and cucumber. This most interesting combination of flavors are original only to Hendrick’s Gin. This brand of gin is produced by William Grant and Sons in Girvan, Scotland. Scotland is not the typical place for distilling gin. Curious also is that Hendrick’s is the ONLY gin distilled in Scotland. To be legally designated as gin the liquor must contain juniper berries. However the Hendrick’s gin recipe is much more complicated. The recipe contains 11 botanicals in all. The exact formula is a well-guarded secret. Once the distillates are done, essences of rose and cucumber are added. Adding these flavors after distillation makes Herdrick’s a “distilled” gin unlike London gin where the flavor compounds are all distilled together. It is said that the Hendrick’s recipe is based on the delicious and popular British high tea cucumber sandwiches partaken in the rose garden. Very curious indeed!
Another curiosity…. because most of the botanicals used in this gin were once used for medicinal purposes, Hendricks is sold in black bottles indicative of bottles once used to protect delicate apothecary liquids from light.
Visiting with the William Grant and Sons Hendrick’s Brand Ambassador Mattias Horseman at the 2017 San Antonio Cocktail Conference in January, I discovered that the best way to enjoy this spirit is with tonic served with a slice of cucumber instead or the more common lemon or lime. But this liquor is also very versatile too. In fact, Mattias had a whole cocktail book (Hendrick’s Official Companion for Curious Cocktailing) containing drinks from sweet to dry and creamy to smoky. Cocktails intended to be made by the novice or the master mixologists alike.
Mattias made a refreshing Cucumber Cooler, the recipe which I have included here:
1 1/2 parts Hendrick’s Gin
3/4 part St. Germain
3/4 part fresh lime juice
1/4 part simple syrup
5 mint leaves
splash sparkling water
Combine all ingredients (with the exception of the sparkling water) in a mixing container. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into an iced long glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a cucumber wheel.
This cocktail was easy to make so even I can repeat it at home and delicious enough for any gathering. I am thinking summer cricket games on the lawn and I’m sure you were thinking the same thing.
Or you might want to consider showing off to your true love for Valentine’s Day since this gin is infused with roses. Here is a delightful cocktail sure to win her heart!
2 Parts Hendrick’s Gin
1 Part Lemon Juice
1/2 Part Sugar Syrup
1/2 Part Créme de Mûre, Blackberry liqueur
Combine all ingredients in shaker apart from créme de mûre. Shake briskly before straining over crushed ice. Churn, adding more curshed ice if required to make the glass full. Drizzle créme de mûre atop and garnish.
An oddity that Hendrick’s had on display was a contraption that was making cocktails as people waited and watched. They make Tipples (cocktails) like they make gin, rather oddly.