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Gin of the week: Bulldog

Wednesday, 2 August, 2017 0 Comments

The expert’s nose will detect floral notes with hints of lavender, lime, orange and, of course, juniper, which is sourced from Tuscany, no less. The piney nature of that same juniper is pronounced on the palate and it’s complemented with an array of botanicals, including orris, cassia, liquorice and almonds. But so much for the ordinary. Bulldog adds the extraordinary in the form of the longan, a small fruit native to south-east Asia. It’s common in traditional medicine and in the soups of contemporary Asian cuisine.

This is an elegant gin. Global in structure, Bulldog is essentially British in substance. The subliminal connection with Churchill cannot be overlooked and Bulldog is an ideal base for a Churchill Martini. Ingredients: six parts Bulldog, one part dry vermouth. Method: Pour ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an olive or two. Legend has it that Sir Winston liked his martinis served without vermouth, and he’s quoted as saying of the cocktail, “Glance at the vermouth bottle briefly while pouring the juniper distillate freely.”

Bulldog

Note: Bulldog is the fourth in a gin series that began with Blackwater No. 5, was followed by Friedrichs and continued with Dingle.


Life and death in the Gulf Stream

Friday, 27 January, 2017 0 Comments

Life: Crew members of the US Coast Guard cutter Cushing from Atlantic Beach in North Carolina have released 27 “rehabilitated sea turtles” into the Gulf Stream. The turtles had been treated for “cold water shock” they suffered earlier this winter.

Death: Further down the coast, in Key West, Ernest Hemingway created the “Death in the Gulf Stream” cocktail in 1937. Here is how the great man himself mixed it:

“Take a tall thin water tumbler and fill it with finely cracked ice. Lace this broken debris with four good purple splashes of Angostura, add the juice and crushed peel of green lime and fill glass almost full with Holland Gin… no sugar, no fancying. It’s strong it’s bitter, but so is English ale strong and bitter, in many cases. We don’t add sugar to ale, and we don’t need sugar in a Death in the Gulf Stream… Its tartness and its bitterness are its chief charm. It is reviving and refreshing; it cools the blood and inspires renewed interest in food, companions and life.”

Drinks links: Angostura bitters, Holland Gin

This excellent illustration of “Death in The Gulf Stream” by Yoko Ueta is from The Cocktails of the Ritz Paris by Colin Peter Field.

Death in the Gulf Stream