Olfactor-y Gins land in style!

The gin market. A bit more juniper here, a bit more citrus there. It’s hard to come up with something new.

So it takes something pretty outstanding to wow us nowadays, and That Boutique-y Gin company always stand ready to amaze. With their new range of Olfactor-y gins (sticking with their cheeky branding), they do just that. The new range of four unique gins evoke the feelings of fresh rain, a walk through the woods, a day at the fairground, and even the dusty pyramids and the pharaohs that lie within.

Picture the scene – you find yourself alone in the woods, twigs snapping under your feet, the heavy scent of moss and pine in your nose. With botanicals like pine needles, Icelandic moss, cubeb and woody nutmeg, the ‘Beware of the Woods Gin’  brings these scents to life.

Suddenly, there is a loud rumble in the sky, and rain starts to fall. The smell of petrichor, the scent of rain on dry earth, fills the air. You feel refreshed, and a sip of the ‘Fresh Rain Gin’ will take you right there, with botanicals like earthy golden beetroot, bentonite clay, evoking grass, pine needles, wet leaves and lemon.

As the sky clears, you break through the woodlands and hear music, laughter, the sounds of bells and whistles. This is where the ‘Big Dipper Gin‘, a true fairground of delights, comes in. With a taste and smell evoking the feel of wandering around the fairground with sweets in one hand and the shriek of machinery in your ears, this gin is made with cocoa, cardamom, juniper, liquid smoke and peated malt. If you close your eyes it really feels like you are waiting excitedly to get on a funfair ride, and we loved it.

As you make your way through the fairground, an ominous exhibit catches your eye. Roll up, roll up to see the Dead King, says an eyeless man on the poster. You walk into a dusty room, and propped up against the wall is a sarcophagus, ancient hieroglyphs covering its surface. It is quiet in the dark room, and suddenly the casket opens….

And inside, instead of a decomposing mummy, is the Dead King Gin‘. Inspired by the Egyptian art of embalming, Dead King Gin is made using rosemary, honey and plethora of exotic herbs and spices that suggest myrrh, moss, caraway, ginger and beeswax. It is at once musty, herby, and enchanting, transporting you to your own archaeological adventure.

We are really excited about these gins, and loved tasting them! If you are looking for a truly original gift for that gin lover in your life who has it all, check out the Boutique-y Gin website for more information and suggested serves, and buy the gins exclusively at Harvey Nichols. Have fun on your gin journey!

2017’s biggest food and drink trends become cocktails!

Something special is happening across branches of All Bar One in London this Christmas season.

Now, we don’t often find ourselves in an All Bar One, because there are so many other places to explore in London. However, this time of year, we will inevitably end up among the work christmas party crowds heading into (and stumbling out of) this chain. And one thing that is drawing us even closer to these bars is the promise of some new, experimental cocktails that sum up 2017 in a glass.

Until New Year’s Eve, cocktail lovers can order one of four delicious cocktails from renowned mixologist Missy Flynn, who previously worked with Rita’s Dining and Hawksmoor, before gaining the title of ‘Most Wanted’ in the drinks industry.

To make Christmas extra special this year, Missy has taken a look back on 2017 and created an outstanding selection of drinks inspired by this year’s culinary trends. From Foraging to Turmeric, Missy has wrapped this year up in an alcohol soaked box and presented her creations to All Bar One, in association with spirit brands like Baileys, Tanqueray Gin, Smirnoff Vodka and Captain Morgan Rum.

Missy’s creations are:

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Missy Flynn’s Baileys Blush

Missy Flynn’s Baileys Blush has all the indulgence and over the top naughtiness you’d expect from the famous Christmas drink. Missy has turned Baileys into the seriously instagrammable shade of millenial pink – and who can resist a glitter-dipped cherry garnish? We can’t resist a Baileys or two this time of year, and if you want your Christmas Instagram game to be on point, you can’t go far wrong with millenial pink!

Missy’s Root N Mule Smirnoff

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For something a little more balanced, Missy’s Root N Mule Smirnoff serve contains beetroot and vegetable juice, with a shot of vodka to give it some festive flair that will keep your vegan friends and family happily merry this Christmas. The combination of booze and managing to feel ‘healthy’ with your choices never fails to win us over!

Missy’s Tanqueray Forager Smash

Of course, if 2017’s trend for all things foraged floats your boat, you’ll love Missy’s Tanqueray Forager Smash. Experimental, refreshing and totally on-trend, you’ll find this botanical cocktail served over crushed ice with foraged and floral accents that lend it creativity you won’t find in your usual G&T.

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Missy’s Turmeric Sour

While we’re on the foodie theme, you can’t have missed this year’s turmeric explosion? The superfood has been hailed the hero of 2017, so Missy has mixed it into a fantastic Captain Morgan cocktail. Her Turmeric Sour is fun, flavoursome and SO hot right now. Tastebud tingling and cheek-suckingly sour, it’ll be a Christmas party hit for sure.

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Missy Flynn, says “I’ve really enjoyed being able to reflect on 2017 through exploring some of it’s key trends within these drinks. What’s great about observing trends take shape is understanding how or why people have taken to them and within these four drinks it’s easy to see what is appealing. Turmeric is said to have many qualities, has the most amazing vivid yellow colour and adds an exotic twist to a simple drink. Making Baileys millennial pink was fun, and also reflects the fun-loving and empowered women who I hope will drink it. Wild, natural, foods are prominent in kitchens and with the forager smash we’ve created an opportunity to play with those fresh ingredients and make something really beautiful. Finally, the Root N Mule is a simple take on the Moscow Mule using the amazing natural earthiness of beetroot, which is an ingredient I love because it gives so much colour and depth.”

You’ll find these exclusive cocktails at All Bar One branches nationwide until New Year’s Eve 2017, but if you’d like to have a go yourself, here are the recipes, have fun!

Smirnoff – Root n Mule (serves 1)

Trend: Beetroot

  • 50ml Smirnoff Vodka
  • 40ml Juicy Roots, beet and veg juice
  • 15ml ginger syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura
  • Top with ginger beer (appx 100ml)
  • Garnish with cooked beetroot or candied beetroot

Method:

  • Add Smirnoff Vodka, root juice, ginger syrup to a cocktail shaker or jam jar.
  • Fill with ice and seal, then shake.
  • Strain into a glass over fresh ice, top up with ginger beer and 2 dashes of angostura bitters. Finish with slices of cooked beetroot, ideally candy beetroot if you can find it.

Baileys Blush (serves 1)

Trend: Marble, Pink

 

  • 35ml Baileys Irish Cream
  • 50ml half and half cream/milk
  • 15ml Cherry Heering
  • 12.5ml cherry syrup
  • Garnish with Raspberry dipped in edible glitter/ gold

Method:

  • Add Baileys, half and half, cherry brandy/Heering, syrup and ice into a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake hard!
  • Double strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass, use a tea strainer to remove any small shards of ice so the drink is nice and smooth. Roll raspberry in edible glitter or gold until it reaches your desired level of glam, cut a slit in the base of the raspberry and rest it on the edge of the glass.

Tanqueray Forager Smash (serves 1)

Trend: Foraging/ floral

 

50ml Tanqueray London Dry

  • 25ml lime juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • Mint leaves
  • Pea shoots
  • 100ml soda
  • Garnish with pea shoots, viola flower and mint

Method:

  • Fill a tall glass with ice, add the Tanqueray London Dry, Lime juice and sugar syrup. Stir to mix, and top with soda water. Add a little more ice if needed. gather all your herbs and flowers and toss into a rough mix, dress the drink with this mix, scattering a few extra flowers on the top.

Captain Morgan – Turmeric Sour (serves 1)

Trend: Turmeric

 

  • 50ml Captain Morgan Spiced Gold
  • 75ml Funkin Sour mix
  • 15ml ginger syrup
  • 1/4 bar spoon turmeric
  • Lemon twist and mint sprig to garnish

Method:

  • Add the Captain Morgan Spiced Gold, sour mix, turmeric powder and ginger syrup to a shaker or jam jar. Seal the shaker or jam jar and holding it closed, carefully dry shake so that the liquid begins to mix and emulsify the drink, building a froth. Open the shaker, add ice and then shake again. Strain over ice into a tumbler. Using a zester, take the peel from a lemon, and snap it over the drink to expel oil from the skin, resting the peel in the glass. Clap the mint between your hands to release its aroma and then place inside the drink as garnish.