Hendrick’s slow and impressively eccentric distillation is a rose and cucumber-scented breath of fresh air. At each stage, we spurn efficiency in favour of slow loving care, abandonment of convention and a certain perfectionist whimsy. Let us start with our botanicals, we do not use one or two…but a grand total of eleven. What are they? I’m glad you asked: angelica root, caraway seeds, chamomile, coriander seeds, cubeb berries, juniper, orange peel, elderflower, lemon peel, orris root and yarrow.
The Gin Production Process
Whereas more conventional gins have a mere single still - we have two. First, our Bennett still seeps the botanicals in spirit overnight before distillation, this results in a rich and complex liquid. Leaving the Carter-Head to gently steam the botanicals in a basket atop its lofty neck, so the influence is imparted upon the spirit in something akin to a botanical steam bath. This yields a lighter, more delicate spirit. Which results in the perfectly balanced, and appealing unusual, Hendrick’s Gin that some - but not all - love.
But what is the point of gin if not to be drunk by a lucky human? With this in mind, we offer you what is perhaps the simplest cocktail of all - the Hendrick’s Gin & Tonic.
- 50 ml HENDRICK’S GIN
- 150 ml Tonic Water
- 3 Thinly sliced rounds of cucumber
HOW TO MAKE A GIN & TONIC
- Combine all ingredients in a highball glass filled with cubed ice.
- Lightly stir and serve.
- Garnish with three thinly sliced rounds of cucumber.