As a team of plant-admiring skincare enthusiasts, we’re continually inspired by botanicals and their marvellous, aromatic qualities. In fact, many of our natural plant extracts lead double lives as delicious food or drink ingredients.
Which got us thinking. For World Gin Day (8th June), why don’t we mix up the perfect cocktail inspired by the botanicals found in our revitalising limited edition Cleanse & Polish™ Bergamot & Juniper?
NB. Juniper berries are distilled with alcohol, along with other botanicals, to give gin its signature herbaceous taste.
The botanical bergamot gimlet
For the syrup:
2 bergamot oranges*, zest and juice
*substitute with a citrus fruit of your choice when not in season
200g golden caster sugar
For the cocktail:
50ml of your homemade citrus syrup
50ml of your gin of choice (we love Mermaid Gin from the Isle of Wight Distillery, a local gin made just up the road from our HQ)
Ice and citrus slice to garnish
Shop bought syrups will suffice, but there’s nothing like the punch of a freshly made citrus syrup. Grate the bergamot zest into a small saucepan and add around 60ml of freshly squeezed juice, adding filtered water to make it up to around 100ml in total. Add the sugar and heat very gently, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened. Set aside to cool.
NB. If you can’t find bergamots out of season, limes, lemons or a mixture of both make a great alternative.
Next, chill a martini glass or tumbler in the fridge. Then pour 50ml of your homemade syrup into a different, taller glass, add a few cubes of ice and gin and stir until the glass feels too cold to hold. Finally, strain into your chilled glass and add a slice of your chosen citrus fruit to garnish.