There’s nothing more soothing than a great Gin & Tonic.
At a party in a bar overlooking the skyline of the city I had my first taste of a Gin & Tonic. Cradling a massive Copa Cabana glass I fell in love. Over the years I have got acquainted with the great gins out there, cheered happily with friends, mixed many G&Ts myself but there’s nothing like getting one served to perfection by the creators. Which is why I couldn’t resist trying out the CATZ® Dry Gin.
Now if you’re not familiar with this delicious gin yet, let me tell you a story of how a Dutch family run business turned into a thriving company. For 225 years, this Schiedam-based distillery has been distilling its own gins in small copper pots, creating a flavorful gin that I can’t resists. And while CATZ® Dry Gin is relatively new on the market, don’t let this junior appearance fool you, it can beat some of the better brands out there in taste.
I was very excited to join the masterclass last week and got an opportunity to see the CATZ® Dry Gin masters work their magic. How cool was this, watching them make their holy trinity of cocktails (CATZ® Dry Gin and Tonic, Negroni and Bramble), right in front of us. Mesmerized I watched that beautiful yellow bottle pour and pour. And as I am a Gin & Tonic lover, their Gin and Tonic had to be my favorite. Light, citrusy and a hint of bergamot! And to bring out the flavours even more, as a garnish, they added a stick of licorice, giving it a great Dutch twist.
Of course I love some experimenting with cocktails and flavors I will share with you my Bramble with a vanilla twist recipe.
What you’ll need is the following:
1 gorgeous Old Fashioned glass – I like mine with a pretty gold rim
2 shots of CATZ® Dry Gin
1 shot of lemon juice
½ shot of homemade vanilla simple syrup
½ shot of Creme de Mure a.k.a. Blackberry liqueur
Blackberry and lemon slice for garnish
Add the gin, lemon juice and syrup in a shaker with some ice and shake it until cold. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with crushed ice and then drizzle the liqueur over it. Garnish your drink with a blackberry and a slice of lemon. I sometimes like to add a vanilla pod to the glass as well.
You wanna know how I make my vanilla flavored simple syrup? Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a pot. Scrape out the inside of two vanilla pods and this with the pods to the liquid. Bring it to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Take it off the heat and wait for it to cool. Strain it through a cheesecloth into a bottle. I hope you will love this vanilla twist as much as I do!
CATZ® Dry Gin and Tonic
Let me know how the cocktail shaking goes!!