While I do tend to drink a wide range of spirits throughout a given year, there is something particularly nice when you find a spirit that marries well to a particular season. For example, bourbon is a mainstay in my drinking arsenal but there is really nothing like that first Old Fashioned on the first gloomy Autumn day. Likewise, I have found my love for gin takes a pretty significant spike when the warm sunny days of spring start to pop out of the rain clouds. Which is exactly why I was so excited when a bottle of Brockmans Gin showed up at my door recently; right on cue.
My first exposure to Brockmans was actually while traveling through Spain last summer. We made it a priority to drink as many gin and tonics as we could as we made our way from town to town. For those who think that sounds a bit odd, you probably haven’t read up on the gin and tonic craze that’s swept Spain of late. And no, not the shitty well drink that comes in a cheap plastic cup at the dive bar. We’re talking delicious varieties of gin with top notch tonic, garnished with drink specific ingredients to really draw out the flavors in the gin. I distinctly remember my favorite being a macerated berry, Brockmans Gin, and Schweppes Lavanda Tonic combo that almost convinced me to rip up my return flight ticket. What I didn’t know at the time was just how impossible it would be to replicate that delicious cocktail back in the states. Because up until earlier this year, Brockmans wasn’t being shipped overseas. But lucky for us, that has all changed now.
Brockmans is self described as a new-age gin simply because of the balance and flavor profile imparted by their unique set of botanicals. The London Dry Gin that most older generations grew up on, while still delicious, needed some updating, and Brockmans is one of the smoothest options out there. So smooth, sipping it straight is actually quite enjoyable. I’d suggest cooling it down with a quick stir with ice before re-straining it. Plus a little citrus garnish and you’ll be in great shape. But at the end of the day, I strongly recommend you showcase the nuanced berry and juniper flavors of the Brockmans with my own slight adaptation from that Gin and Tonic above. All it takes is one of these suckers and you’ll be hooked. Now if only that sun would come back out to really seal the deal…
Brockmans and Berry Gin and Tonic
2.5 oz Brockmans Gin
5 oz Fever Tree Tonic
4 macerated raspberries
Medium Cube Ice
In a high ball glass filled 3/4 with ice, add the gin, tonic, and berries and stir to combine. Garnish with a lime peel and serve.
For the berries: In a small bowl mix a pint of raspberries, a tbsp of honey, and 2 tbsp of lime juice. Stir to combine and let sit for 20-30 minutes in the fridge before using. You can make these ahead for serving a crowd.