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Is it Gin O’Clock yet?

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Adnams Gin & Tonic serves at The Crown, April 2015Our Distiller, John McCarthy, has been trying out dozens of Gin serves to find the perfect match for our small-batch Copper House Gins. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it… As well as trying more traditional garnishes like lime or cucumber, John discovered that using some of the botanical ingredients used in the distillation of our Gins were the most complementary - orange zest with our Copper House Dry Gin and lemon zest with thyme for our First Rate Gin – simple! You can try these serves at The Crown and The Swan in Southwold and The White Horse at Blakeney, and they are easy to make at home, too. 1. Fill a tall glass with ice 2. Add a single measure (about 35mls) of Adnams Copper House Dry Gin or First Rate Gin 3. Top up with 100mls of your favourite tonic water (we recommend Fever Tree) 4. If you are using Copper House Dry Gin, then cut a generous slice of orange zest (try to avoid as much of the bitter pith as you can), squeeze over the top of the glass, wipe the rim of the glass and then add the peel to your glass. If you are using First Rate Gin, cut a fresh sprig of thyme from the garden (or buy a bunch from a greengrocers or supermarket) and wrap a long, thin piece of zest from an unwaxed lemon around it, and add both to your glass as a garnish. Then all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your refreshing glass of G&T. Now, where’s that deckchair?  


Sarah Groves