So… I’m back.

Not going to go into the full details of the situation, but the cliff notes are that my site got hacked and shut down. I didn’t know how to fix it and then my brother, Joseph (he bought me the site), gave me the drive to get it sorted.

And here we are!

In the meantime, I have had a change of career into something much more fitting with my laissez-faire lifestyle and my mildly Bacchic lifestyle. I am now the Supervisor of The Jolly Botanist in Haymarket.

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One of my roles is the coordinator of the Gin and Cocktail of the Week. A job I take… relatively seriously. I get to create the concepts for the drinks each week and I’ve started being able to contact the distillers directly to sort out prizes and incentives for the staff. Not going to lie, it’s pretty sweet.

This fortnight, we are showcasing Pickering’s Gin and their Pink Grapefruit and Lemongrass liqueur.

The cocktail is fairly simple but deceptively delicious. That’s been my problem, starting out. I imagine these luxurious cocktails with a fair number of ingredients, exact measurements and components I have to make at home. They’re fine for this blog (so get ready for a bunch of them) but not so much for a busy pub/bar.

Creating simple cocktails which are still delicious is quite the challenge. They can either rely on one flavour too much or drown out the original spirit and make it replaceable. This Pickering’s Gin Paradise cocktail manages to showcase the botanicals in the original gin while adding a depth of flavour. And it’s crushable. So, so crushable. As in, it’s difficult to just sip it. It’s so juicy.

Let’s get on with it.

Ingredients:

40ml Pickering’s Gin

15ml Apricot Brandy

5ml Passionfruit Gomme

Orange Juice

Pulp from half a passionfruit

Orange bitters

Method:

1. Scoop out the flesh from half of the passionfruit into a shaker

2. Add the Gomme and bitters and muddle

3. Add the rest of the ingredients

4. Half fill the shaker with ice

5. Shake vigorously

6. Fine strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a dehydrated orange wheel

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As you can see, it is a simple cocktail without too many moving parts, but it is incredibly refreshing.

Enjoy! And prepare yourself for much more to come 🙂

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