Food & Drink Friday, June 9th Words by: Adam Knight, pictures by: Forage Fine Foods

Try this uber Herefordshire cocktail on World Gin Day

Food & Drink Friday, June 9th

Try this uber Herefordshire cocktail on World Gin Day

It's World Gin Day on June 10. Ditch your Hendricks-and-tonic  - c'moneveryone knows about the cucumber thing by now - and try this knockout gin martini with a very Herefordshire twist.

Created by Forage Fine Foods' Liz Knight, her Apple Blossom Martini uses the gorgeous blossom you see everywhere in Herefordshire to add a slightly bitter taste, in the same way that you might use lemon in a gin cocktail.

If you're adding Herefordshire's-own Chase gin to your martini, we'd recommend Elegant or, if you like a really dry, London-style martini, the Williams.

Equally premium is Haven Distillery's small batch Sly gin, made in the Herefordshire village of Dilwyn. The London dry is mighty good, and the Lemon Verbena even mightier.

 

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SLY GIN IS MADE BY HAVEN DISTILLERY IN DILWYN, HEREFORDSHIRE.

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WILLIAMS FROM CHASE IS AN EXTRA DRY GIN DISTILLED IN HEREFORDSHIRE

How to Make an Apple Blossom Martini

Pack a jar with apple blossoms and cover them with a good quality gin. Leave to infuse for a few hours, strain the gin and build your cocktail.

If you’re a purist then stick to four parts gin, one part vermouth, but this is how I make my adulterated and If I may say so, delicious version:

1. Chill your glass.

2. Mix 1 part apple blossom infused gin with 2 parts vermouth (I use a dry wild vermouth with a splash of white wine, but that’s the kind of girl I am). Pour into a chilled glass and wipe the rim with slice of grapefruit skin.

3. Garnish with blossoms.

4. Find a billowing apple tree and sit under it, quaffing your drink as blossoms fall all around you.

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