This is a gin which is all about berries. That’s right, berries. The task at hand was to turn a barrel of berries into a gin. With scrumptious blueberry & banana bread on our mind, we set about to craft a distillate of blueberry and a deliciously distinctive banana gin to pair it with. Turns out that the berry was better on its own. And by that we mean the banana. Confused? Well, blueberries are berries. Juniper? Not technically a berry, but bananas however - actually a berry. Don’t worry, it blew our minds too. There’s only two things we know for sure. One, it’s a damn tasty gin and two, this shit is definitely bananas.
StrangeLove Tonic No.8 with an orange wedge.
60ML BANANA GIN
30ML LIME JUICE
30ML SUGAR SYRUP
5ML MAPLE SYRUP
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass.
Stir gently to combine.
Double strain into a chilled coupette.
The Sazerac is widely regarded as America’s first cocktail and has been through a number of iterations since it emerged in New Orleans in the early 1800s. The banana is in fact heralded as the world’s first cultivated fruit, and at over 10,000 years old it too certainly looked and tasted a little different in its early days. So you can see why it made sense to pair the two together. Well that, and we just knew it would be a mouth-wateringly flavoursome beverage.
60ml Banana Gin
2 Dashes Peychaud Bitters
Garnish: Lemon Twist
1. Build all ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass.
2. Stir gently to combine.
3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large cube of ice.