I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to the first, private, ‘Gin Masterclass’ session with Chapel Down’s very own Managing Director, Mark Harvey a couple of weeks ago.
Made with a grappa and wheat base spirit, the botanicals in Chapel Down Bacchus Gin are designed to mirror the flavour profile of the Bacchus grape; including juniper, coriander, elder-flower, orris, angelica, lavender, orange peel and lemon. A combination which offers a great balance of floral and spice and makes for a very refreshing drink.
Then there’s the bottle! With the top half resembling a wine bottle, the bottom half a cut glass crystal decanter and the inclusion of the iconic Chapel Down red stripe, this bottle is not only stunning, but is also a clever nod to the winery too.
One of the suggested cocktails for this gin is called the Garden of England, which is a twist on the English Garden cocktail. I thought it was delicious, dangerously delicious…I honestly finished it before I even realised. It’s absolutely perfect for these gorgeous sunny days which we’re having at the moment and it’s really easy to make.
Garden of England
You will need:
- 25ml Chapel Down Bacchus Gin
- 50ml Apple cider
- 20ml Lime Juice
- 7.5ml Sugar Syrup
- Ice and a cocktail shaker (or similar)
- A martini glass
- A slice of cucumber and sprig of mint to garnish
What you do:
- Fill your shaker with ice
- Add your ingredients (except the garnishes)
- Shake, shake, shake until your arms hurt and hour hands are freezing!
- Strain into a martini glass
- Garnish with mint and cucumber. Or in my case just the mint because I don’t really like cucumber.
Sit back and enjoy…sluuuuuurp!
**Bottle of Chapel Down Bacchus Gin gifted for the Gin Masterclass