I’ve got a very timely Ginspiration post for you this month! I’m writing this ahead of time, but by the time it goes live I will be in Edinburgh thanks to my lovely other half who treated me for my Birthday to a weekend away in Scotland, complete with a tour of the Edinburgh Gin Distillery! So it seemed only fitting that I featured my favourite of their creations, especially as it is the perfect Summer tipple, and the sun has finally decided to show it’s face this week so everything is coming together nicely! This deliciously sweet liqueur has been infused with fruit to give it it’s rhubarb flavour, rounded off with a warm kick of fresh ginger.
The Expert’s Description…
A classic pairing, our Rhubarb & Ginger is a sweet, fruity liqueur balanced by a delicate warmth and spicy finish. The nose – A sweet, highly perfumed, rhubarb-filled aroma. The palate – Bright sweetness and a sharp tang, balanced with a pop of citrus. The finish – A lingering warmth from the ginger.
The Layman’s Description…
Well, it tastes like rhubarb! Real rhubarb though, not the sickly rhubarb and custard sweets of our youth! The little kick of ginger adds a nice edge to it, and frankly, I think this stuff is just heavenly. At 20% ABV it isn’t as strong as a classic gin, so it’s fast becoming my favourite way to wind down mid week without feeling too naughty! Rhubarb is one of those flavours you don’t actually see all that often (though it seems to be a little bit ‘trendy’ at the moment with a few big names bringing out rhubarb flavoured spirits lately) so it’s nice to have something a little different in the collection.
How to drink it…
Obviously the standard tonic or lemonade will do just fine, but Edinburgh’s recommendation is to mix with ginger ale and garnish with ginger and lime slices. I’ve not tried a gin in this way before, but it really compliments the flavours so I’ll definitely be trying it again! The sweet, syrupy consistency also make it the perfect addition to a glass of Prosecco to make your fizz a little more special! It is apparently a delicious ingredient in a Bramble for an alternative twist – I’m a big fan of Bramble cocktails so was keen to give this a try, but realised I have pretty much none of the other things required – note to self: by some alcohol other than gin! I’ll definitely be having a go once this issue has been rectified though!
So in case you hadn’t noticed, I basically love this stuff! So much so that I’ve actually taken to keeping a spare bottle on standby because I can’t bear the thought of running out! I’ll definitely be using this weekend’s trip as an excuse to stock up and really can’t wait to see how it’s made!
Edinburgh Gin comes in several varieties, including some more yummy flavoured liqueurs – you can find out about all of them, and how best to drink them, here.