Gin is made from vodka and must have juniper berries as one of the ingredients (51% of the world's juniper harvest goes into gin making)
Hendrick's Gin is distilled and bottled in Scotland and is unbelievably only 16 years old. The concept was created at the home of a family of Scottish distillers for generations when a chance conversation revolved around an old still they found in the attic and what they could do with it that was different. Let's make a gin!
1. London Dry (a particular process that denotes how it is made not that it needs to be made in London)
2. Gin (can have different herbs and spices as long as juniper is involved - Hendrick's is in this category)
3. Batched (M&S and Sainsburys have a good example of batched gin)
4. Location (Plymouth Gin - must be made inside the walls of Plymouth and with water from a local reservoir).
The Wicked Lady Pub and fine dining on the main road from St Albans to Wheathampstead.
Mr R, myself and two other bloggers that attended were treated to a lovely lunch afterwards sitting in the spacious and child friendly garden of The Wicked Lady on a beautiful summer afternoon. The pub had some live music, face painting and Pimm's special bar along with a unique seating place for a bit of peace and quiet - an extra large teepee which will stay up all trough to the end of the decent weather.
We feasted on a variety of starters and main courses which included:-
A slice of brie covered in a pumpkin seed crust and deep fried with a sticky chutney and pea shoot garnish
60ml Hendrick's Gin
10ml Dry Vermouth
Dash of Orange Bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir until the desired dilution and temperature is reached. Garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!
I was a guest of Hendrick's Gin and The Wicked Lady Pub. All photos and opinions are my own.