SWIG Hip Flasks

I like hip flasks. In some ways, they are the gentleman’s version of a bottle in a brown paper bag. If you think about them objectively, they are the purview of a person who cannot (or does not want to) go without a dram for a day. That said, they ooze sophistication and whenever one …

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Lemongrass

Gin Botanical: Lemongrass I’ve tried cooking with lemongrass a few times, with little success. It’s put to heavy use in Fentiman’s Tonic Water and, as a gin botanical, it makes an appearance in Bombay Sapphire East, Farmer’s Gin and Monkey 47. Lemongrass: Facts The oils in lemongrass are a potent insect repellent and lemongrass can …

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Rosemary

Gin Botanical: Rosemary I vandalise rosemary plants; if I walk past one, I can’t resist tearing a sprig off to smell. I’ve pulled-out a winter-coat at the end of summer before and found a dried rosemary sprig in the pocket. I have one in the weed-patch that masquerades as a herb-garden and it struggles along …

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Berkeley Square Gin

Berkeley Square Gin is the brother of Bloom Gin, both are the brain-children of Joanne Moore, Master Distiller at Greenalls. They caused a little controversy when they first launched as they were each marketed at different sexes (Bloom for the ladies and Berkeley Square for the gents). While marketing gins like this is a little …

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Thyme

Gin Botanical: Thyme Thyme is one of the few plants that I seem to be able to keep alive in the overgrown patch of weeds that I generously call the ‘herb garden’. It’s always there, looking healthy, no matter how much I brutalise it for sprigs. As a botanical in gin, thyme isn’t exactly common …

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Caraway Seed

Gin botanical: Caraway Seed When I was a child, my mother made caraway seed biscuits. In recent years, with fond memories of these treats, I sought-out a recipe and made some of my own. Neither my wife or son liked them, so I never made any since. More recently, I added some to a batch …

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Earl Grey Tea

Gin Botanical: Earl Grey Tea I’m a coffee drinker by nature, but if there’s no coffee to be had, then earl grey is my back-up plan. As a gin botanical, earl grey tea is pretty rare. Earl Grey Tea: Facts Earl grey tea is, traditionally, black tea flavoured with dried bergamot peel. Many modern teas …

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Chamomile

Gin Botanical: Chamomile Chamomile tea seems to the a staple of people who’re into their herbal infusions but as a gin botanical, Chamomile isn’t that common. It can be found in gins like Tanqueray 10, Bloom and The Botanist. Chamomile: Facts The Chamomile plant is related to the daisy, as you can probably see from …

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Lavender

Gin Botanical: Lavender For several years I lived in a rented cottage on the country estate of an Earl. There was a walled garden which had a gravel path leading to it; the path was about 60yds long and each side was lined with a lavender hedge. It was glorious in summer, with hundreds of …

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