5 July 2018

Is it gin o’clock already?

The summer scorcher is firmly here, so a refreshing cocktail recipe with Kew Organic Gin might just be the refreshing tipple you need.

By Meryl Westlake

Gin, Jez Timms/Unsplash

Gin at Kew

Is there anything more thirst-quenching than the quintessential G&T for a relaxing afternoon treat?

Kew Botanical Gin is made with harvested seasonal flora from the Gardens.

Added with a selection of organic botanicals we’ve worked together with our partners The East London Liquor Co. to create the perfect gin.

The botanicals in the backbone of our award-winning gin is a deliberate taste of Kew, with notes of Douglas Fir, lavender and sweet orange and a homage to our pollinator friend with its unique design on the bottle.

Kew Botanical Gin
Kew Botanical Gin

An unusual process 

Making Kew gin is an unusual process. Three individual distillations get married together and rest for up to four weeks to get the taste just right.

Leaves used in the gin are collected a couple of times a year from our very own Queen’s Garden, behind Kew Palace. If you take a walk around Kew Palace, you can see some of the plants yourself.  

Summer treats 

Ginger gin (one bottle) 

You will need: 

  • 350g jar stem ginger 
  • 700ml Kew Botanic Gin 

To make ginger gin: 

  • Chop the stem ginger and place the ginger and the syrup from the jar in a large container that has a top. 
  • Add the gin. 
  • Cover and leave to infuse for at least a month. 
  • Serve over ice after dinner. 

Bramble (one serving) 

You will need: 

  • 40ml Kew Botanic Gin 
  • 20ml sugar syrup 
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 10 ml crème de mure liqueur 
  • Lemon zest to garnish 

To make a bramble: 

  • Fill a short glass with crushed ice. 
  • With a cocktail shaker, shake the gin with ice, lemon juice and syrup. 
  • Pour the liquid through a strainer into your glass. 
  • Drizzle the crème de mure over the drink. 
  • Add a sprinkle of lemon zest. 
  • Serve as a refreshing drink. 

Marianne (one glass) - available at The Botanical  

You will need: 

  • 35ml Kew Gin 
  • 15ml Orangery Triple Sec 
  • 15ml hibiscus syrup 
  • 10ml lemon 
  • 75ml LEC Bitter Orange and Elderflower tonic 
  • Slice of peach and fresh basil spring to garnish 

To make a Marianne:

  • Combine gin, triple sec, syrup and lemon in a highball glass 
  • Partially fill with tonic and mix together 
  • Add ice  
  • Garnish with peach and basil 

Treat yourself or your friends and family to our gin , or pop down to The Botanical to try some more great gin cocktails. 

Please drink responsibily. For the facts, visit drinkaware.co.uk  

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