A little teaser of the new Winter Cocktails coming soon.
We have a few new things this month to tell you about.
Firstly we have 2 new Gin tasting menus. You’ll be able to try Blackwoods Vintage, Gin Mare, Tanqueray and Old English Gin all together so you can compare their flavours (£18 for members) or you can try our brand new supreme tasting menu which is Monkey 47, Junipero, Deaths Door and Citadelle Reserve. (£22 for members) Delicious!
We’ve also added a list of bitters you can pop into your favourite G & T should you want to give it an extra kick. My favourite is the fantastic Tonic Bitters by the folks at The Bitter Truth. Wonderful!
Our menu now has a flavour spectrum page so if you’re not sure about gin we give you examples of gin that fall into different flavour groups..Dry, Floral, Citrus, Spicey etc..just as a little guide to help you chose.
Don’t forget, If you plan on coming, reserve a table to be safe!
happy ( and responsible ) gin drinking everyone.
Just a quick mention. We have two news gins on the list this week. We put out a vote to see which out of 4 gins our customers would like to see on the menu next and you chose these.
Firstly the aptly named Adnams First Rate, which it is..lovely and juniper dry with a big herby taste. We are serving it with fever tree and garnish with both rhubarb and one of our buttery Sicilian olives..
Second on the list is Geranium gin created by Henrik hammer and his father ( who worked in the perfume and food industry). Together they created this soft, floral gin which we serve with Fever tree med (ideally) and garnished with a contrasting red currant cluster. We also add a geranium flower ( courtesy of my mum’s garden, thanks mum!)
Come in and give them a try…
Hopefully you know by now we try to deliver the best gin experience we can here at the club, which also includes offering the newest and best gins we can find.
Well, we found 4 more for you to try. Masters of Malt, the creators of the wonderful Bathtub, Old Tom and cask aged Bathtub have created Origin, a single estate juniper only gin, allowing you to explore the effects location, climate, soil type and myriad other conditions have on theed the juniper and therefore the final gin.
No other botanicals are added so you can experience the pure juniper flavour.
There are 4 gins so far in this range from Italy, Bulgaria, Albania and the Netherlands.
We will be offering these four gins as another tasting menu so you can compare the four spirits together. The tasting menu will consist of 4 single serves with Fever Tree tonic for £23.00 or, if you’re a member £20.00 . This is a first for the discerning gin lover so come and visit us and give them a try.
I thought I’d mention our new arrival which will go on the menu tonight.
A new gin from the creators of Geranium gin this has been created with the look and taste of gin from the 1780′s.
Bottled in recycled champagne bottles, as gin was back then the idea behind this was , as distiller Henrik says ‘to reach a tasting profile as how I would have made a Gin being a gin distiller at that time.’
This is a lovely gin… sweet enough to drink neat but I think it will be best served in an old gin cocktail recipe such as the gin smash. Although, obviously you can’t go wrong with a Martini or, of course as a G & T…we’ll garnish this with Kiwi I think!.
Pop in and try it and let us know what you think.
So, our G & T night was brilliant!
Packed to the rafters with gin lovers and explorers!
We’d carefully created the garnishes to bring out the specific flavours of each gin… this took some planning. It was pretty much like creating a meal.. but with gin, 40 of them!
So what worked…Martin Miller’s served with very nice yellow and black tomatoes and coriander..feedback on this was very good.
Edgerton was very popular and repeat orders showed us the pomegranate and lavender garnish worked really well.
Brokers with Rhubarb….well, what a total success that was! and just at the end you got a condensed bitter-sweet rhubarb flavour sitting very nicely with the juniper of Brokers.
Sacred with rosemary and orange, a big success too..we didn’t bruise the rosemary, in fact, along with coriander, sage and thyme used in Millers, Gilpins and Botanist we didn’t feel the need to bruise the herbs, just let them sit and infuse slowly. Also we were aware some of these garnishes may have come as a surprise and more importantly they should show the gin off, not mask it…so we treat herbs gently. This seemed to work.
Hendricks with the addition (cucumber is a given) of rose petals rendered one customer speechless with joy! yay job done!
Bathtub is always popular in our bar and always served with blood orange..so our customers were used to that and of course loved it!
At last we got our paws on some Deaths Door…fennel delight, so we served it with pear and fennel leaves and the feedback was excellent!
It was an extremely good night… going out on a (researched ) limb paid off and I’m really pleased to say our customers are ready for something more than your average G & T… not only that they are ready to comment, discuss and make suggestions..which is brilliant and what we want.
Humble gratitude to everyone who came and thanks to the overwhelmingly positive feedback from last Friday we have created and specific gin and tonic menu for you. Nothing too over the top…40 gins, 5 tonics and garnishes from sage, rose petals, lavender, rhubarb, quince, plum, saffron, grapefruit, cape gooseberry, oh yes and lime…
Ok so as you may know we have our dedicated gin and tonic night tomorrow (Friday) and in preparation for this we’ve been shopping.
A visit to the joy that is Borough Market has helped us get all the garnishes we need for tomorrow night. Yes lemons and limes, but that’s not the half of it!…we’re pushing the G & T garnish boundaries by focusing on the specific botanicals and flavours in some gins and pairing their them with some carefully thought about but unexpected garnish. It’s not random and hopefully will bring the very best out in the gin…Here’s a few examples:
We have Chervil & orange to go with Citadelle, plum & blood orange peel for Monkey 47, black & orange tomatoes & coriander with Martin Millers, Edgerton’s will be treated to some pomegranate & lavender…We have Saffron ( yes proper real saffron) for Old Raj, fennel leaves for Deaths Door, some wonderfully sweet english strawberries for Bloom, Grapefruit & watercress for Tanqueray 10 and to bring out the full flavoured juniper in Brokers we’re using some delicious bitter-sweet sugared rhubarb. Quince to go with Williams gin, sage & lemon peel in Gilpins, Sicilian olives for No 3, thyme & lemon in The Botanist… fig & mint for Blackwoods..oh yes, we all know about cucumber in Hendricks, but we’re adding a few rose petals too..I’ll stop there…but there’s more of course!
I know…it sounds all very complicated .The devil is in the detail and we think all our 40 gins deserve some special attention.
So, chilled balloon glasses, large cracked ice, specifically paired garnish, superb premium gin, the best tonics available….is this the G & T supreme ?…pay us a visit and let us know….by the way, with the exception of a couple of pricey (but worth it) gins..our G & T’s are £7.50 and will stay at £7.50 !
Well, new gins have arrived here at The London Gin Club, some brand new to the UK such as Ransom, a wonderfully aged heavy juniper/cardamom gin and some not so to the gin world but new to us… so, here’s our new, updated gin list..hope you get the chance to pop by and try some!
AVIATION, BATHTUB, BLACKWOOD, THE BOTANIST, BRECON SP RESERVE , CITADELLE , EDGERTON PINK GIN , EDINBURGH GIN, G’VINE, HAYMANS 1850, HENDRICKS , MARTIN MILLER, MONKEY 47, OLD RAJ , TANQUERAY 10 , TANQUERAY RANGPUR , No 209 , WILLIAMS
BEEFEATER 2, BLOOM, BOMBAY ORIGINAL, BROKERS, FIFTY POUNDS, GILPINS, No3, OXLEY , SACRED, SW4, WHITLEY NEIL , TANQUERAY
RANSOM OLD TOM, PROF CORNELIUS AMPLEFORTH OLD TOM , HAYMANS OLD TOM HAYMANS SLOE GIN, PROF CORNELIUS AMPLEFORTH SLOE GIN , PLYMOUTH NAVY STRENGTH
When asked by a couple of distillers if we could use the new ‘serve’ for gin and tonics in future, we were a little skeptical.
The glasses are huge balloon glasses, not something we’d ever imagine our trusty G & T’s to be served in. We nodded in agreement and wondered how we would ever convince our customers this was the best way to enjoy your gin..
Then, along came Martin from 209 Gin. He demonstrated exactly what these glasses do to the gin, how it improves the flavour beyond belief, how the tonic stays crisp and cold and how the gin works on the citrus in this new spacious vessel to enhance the flavour some more. A Gimmick it is not.
This was a revelation to us all! Here we had in our hot little hands the best gin and tonic in the world….a bold statement you might think, but I can’t think of a better one I’ve ever had and this new serve really shows that the devil is in the detail and if you get that right…well….come and try it and hopefully you’ll see what we mean.
We will be serving all our G & T’s like this from now on and of course you’ll get to sample this wonderful ‘new’ G & T at the launch this Friday.
We are also getting creative with out garnish, using complimentary or contrasting fruits to pull out the characteristics of the gins.
We think this is a wonderful new way to drink gin, but..lets see what you think!