Gin is enjoying a resurgence. Why not take advantage of the warm weather to enjoy an evening outdoors, on the terrace or in your garden, and mix yourself a G&T or summer cocktails using Bulldog London dry gin?
We’ve teamed up with the chic Dry Martini bar to provide you with cocktail recipes to try. Dry Martini by Javier de las Muertas is at The Melia White House London.
Of course you could always head to the bar if mixing at home isn’t your thing.
But why not get hold of a bottle of Bulldog gin and mix some of your own? If you invent your own recipes and you’d like to share them, simply send us a comment and we’ll publish them so our readers can benefit…and potentially let you know what they think.
Gin is again fashionable
At long last, the drink that was once nicknamed ‘mother’s ruin’ is being enjoyed in fashionable circles.
Has the reputation of any alcoholic drink suffered from a cartoon as detrimentally as gin’s? William Hogarth’s Gin Lane etching, dating from 1751, lampooned the detrimental social consequences of drinking too much gin, then a popular drink among the society’s lower orders. The Act of Parliament that was introduced soon afterwards reduced consumption markedly.
Famously, gin subsequently became associated with the upper classes when word got out it masked the bitter taste of quinine, which was consumed to prevent malaria. Supped in the clubs of the British Empire, it became fashionable served with tonic during summer parties back in Blighty.
In recent years the popularity of gin—both in G&Ts and gin-based cocktails—has again been growing.
Anyway, enough about history. You probably want to know more about Bulldog gin?
Bulldog London dry gin
Bulldog London dry gin is triple distilled from British wheat and water in the world’s oldest continually used gin distillery. On the fourth distillation a blend of 12 botanicals are added.
The list of ingredients includes white poppy, dragon eye and lotus leaf—exotic additions that lend fresh, floral tones to the gin. Its citrusy base is created using coriander and lemon peel. Liquorice adds a touch of warmth. The result is a layered, mixable drink, ideal for pouring with tonic as well as adding to cocktails.
Lavender, cassia and almond help give this gin structure, mouth-feel and flavour.
In 2015 IWSR, an industry leader for analysis of the alcoholic beverage market, rated Bulldog Gin as the world’s fasted growing premium gin. It is available in more than 80 countries.
The distinctive, broad-shouldered, black bottle features a studded collar like that worn by many a British bulldog (and one of our team during a short-lived spell as a bassist in a failed punk band…but that’s a story we’ll tell some other time).
The gin is the brainchild of entrepreneur Anshuman Vohra and the Bulldog Gin Company has headquarters on Broadway in New York City.
You can order a 70cl bottle of Bulldog gin from www.ocado.com for £22.
So where are those cocktail recipes we mentioned? You can find a handful at www.bulldoggin.com/classic-serves. And here are three of our favourites.
Gin-based summer cocktail recipes
Recipe 1 – Bulldog Tonico
Mix together 50ml of Bulldog gin, 30ml of Zara lemon soda, four drops of lavender tincture and garnish the drink with a single scoop of tonic sorbet
Recipe 2 – Bulldog Martini
Mix three parts of Bulldog gin to one of dry vermouth. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
Recipe 3 – Gin and Tonic
Of course, you could always go for a tried and tested G&T. Add 50ml of Bulldog gin to a glass with a slice of fresh lemon and a handful of ice cubes, then pour in the contents of a 150ml tin of Fever-Tree tonic water.
Drink responsibly and, of course, have fun!