A very special gin from Edgerton:
First launched in 2011, Edgerton Gin is a pretty shade of pink. With 15 unique botanicals, the pink colour comes from an infusion of pomegranate seed botanical. It also includes the classic juniper and a rather more unusual botanical – damiana. Known as the ‘honeymoon herb of Mexico’ Damiana was used by the Aztecs for impotency. It is supposed to produce an emotional uplift that lasts for up to 90 minutes and helps to promote pleasant dreams. Now, I’m a big fan of artisan gins – I like them served with a simple garnish and a good tonic as well as used for simple cocktails. One of the advantages of a pink gin is that you don’t need to swamp the drink with overpowering fruit juices and flavours. It will work perfectly well with tonic and a garnish of pomegranate and rose.
So, I’m intrigued and will be testing with my own Edgerton Gin soon. It turns out to be the eponymous creation of Martin Egerton Gill, formerly owner of the London Gin Company. Like my own parents, his father had a love of pink gin made with Angostura bitters. I still have my bottle in the cupboard although few people seem to use it these days. After selling the London Gin Company, he decided to create this new, complex gin including pomegranate to create the distinctive pink colour.
I suspect I’ll end up making one of the delicious sounding simple summer cocktails that Edgerton has created, along with one of my favourite London restaurants, Balcon at Sofitel London St James. Their new signature cocktail is just 30 ml of Edgerton Pink Gin, with 20 ml of lime juice and 15 ml of Monin Orgeat syrup all topped up with Brut Champagne. Garnished with rose petals and pomegranate seeds it sounds perfect to me.
If you’d like to try for yourself, Edgerton have kindly offered a bottle of gin for one lucky London-Unattached reader. All you need to do is follow the rafflecopter through and keep your fingers crossed!
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If you can’t wait, you can find out more about Edgerton Gin on their Website or Facebook Page