Gin Botanicals

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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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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Elderberries

Gin Botanical: Dried Elderberries I have an Elder tree in my garden – unfortunately, it’s in a state of ill-health due to other trees blocking most of its light. However, the trees proliferate in my locale and making elderberry wine and elderflower cordial is a real mark of summer. Elderberry: Facts Only one species of …

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Pink Grapefruit

Gin Botanical: Pink Grapefruit Grapefruit is my favourite citrus fruit and pink grapefruit are the kings amongst them. It’s the least common of the three main citrus fruits found in gin. Pink Grapefruit: Facts Grapefruit is a hybrid between the pomelo and the sweet orange. It was first bred in Barbados in the 18th century. …

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