Let The Gin Zing This Summer
Following last year's patriotic 'Rule Britannia summer', 2013 promises to be more 'Cool Britannia' and with gin firmly back on the lips of discerning drinkers, what could be cooler than a refreshing G&T, cooling gin cocktail or ginspirational dessert to serve up to family and friends. The trio behind the luxury brand Martin Miller's has developed a zesty G&T sorbet for barbecue season, guaranteed to add some zing and take the quintessentially British classic one step further.
Martin Miller's Gin & Tonic Sorbet
400ml cold water 300g caster sugar 300ml Fever Tree Tonic water 50ml Martin Millers Gin juice of 2 lemons 1tbsp glucose (optional) Fresh mint, lime and lemon slices to garnish
Put the sugar and water into a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for one minute. Add glucose and Fever Tree tonic water, and chill in the fridge until cold. Remove from fridge and add Martin Miller's Gin and lemon juice to taste (don't be tempted to add more gin because when it's frozen, the flavour develops and gets much stronger). Transfer to an ice cream machine* and churn until set. Freeze for at least two hours after churning and remove from the freezer 10-12 mins before serving to ensure it is at its best consistency. *If you don't have an ice cream machine, you can still make the sorbet by putting the syrup into the freezer and, every half hour, whisk it until the ice crystals are broken down and the consistency is smooth, then return to the freezer. Serve with a strong G&T in the bottom of a martini glass and top with a ball (or two!) of the sorbet on top.
Born out of love, obsession and a degree of madness, independently owned, luxury gin brand Martin Miller's is a super premium English gin that is distilled in a 100 year old copper pot called 'Angela' in the Black Country. Distilled using the traditional range of botanicals for that classic London Dry profile, but with a modern twist, Martin Miller's uses two separate distillations. One is for the juniper, coriander, liquorice, cinnamon, cassia, Florentine Iris and angelica, while the second distillation includes the citrus peels, Bitter Orange, Lemon and Lime. The two distillates are then 'married' and sent to Iceland to be blended to bottling strength using the softest and purest water on the planet, giving Martin Miller's Gin its unique, clean, fresh and unrivalled taste.
Icelandic spring water imparts a freshness and smoothness to the taste of Martin Miller's Gin whilst also contributing greatly to its much vaunted silky texture. Unlike all but a handful of gins, Martin Miller's is batched distilled, like Malt Whisky - time consuming but, for gin production, unrivalled. The end result of all this hard work is a sublimely smooth and gentle gin with a unique taste profile, making Martin Miller's the ideal drinking partner for summer and long beyond.
Born of love, obsession and a degree of madness, Martin Miller's passion for creating the best gin money could buy became a reality in 1999, 18 long months after he first sat down with two friends in a Notting Hill pub and announced that he wanted to make his own gin. Gazing into their very sad looking G&Ts and limp lemon slices, and bemoaning the parlous state of gins available, the trio discussed how good a gin they could make if they placed no practical, fiscal or even geographical limitations on its creation. By the end of a long and liquid lunch Martin had persuaded his friends to take on a mission to make the best possible gin money could buy, the only downside being left lots of very expensive gin to drink if things didn't work out.
For Martin Miller, British iconoclast and author of the famous Miller's Antique Price Guide and owner of the Miller's country house hotel chain, his mission was clear. To re-invent the quintessentially British tipple, shed its 'old man and spinsters' image, challenge the woeful examples being poured into G&Ts in almost every pub in Britain and get good gin back into the glasses of discerning drinkers. During those 18 painstaking months, the trio tried out endless combinations of distilling processes and botanical ingredients. And so, the world's first super premium gin was born, and the Gin Renaissance started.
RRP £26 for 70cl bottle from Sainsbury's, Booths, Majestic, Oddbins and Nicholas and independent retailers nationwide.