Thanks to Gordon's, I was given the opportunity to learn more about gin at their recent Flavourmasters Event, held to launch the brand's new Gordon's With A Spot of Elderflower.
Our tastes and how we react to different foods and drinks are very much linked to the environment around them. Touching a rough object, or listening to low-pitched music whilst enjoying your favourite G+T, will make it taste much harsher than if you stroke silk and listen to the tinkling of a piano. Better get rid of that deep bass background noise and plastic glasses for your BBQs this summer then!
And if you inhale gin, you will still taste that distinct gin flavour; an interesting way to experience an old favourite.
We learnt this from two strangely dressed people from The Robin Collection, futurologists in food and drink, who also helped us determine whether we were SuperTasters, with more tastebuds on our tongues, or MildTasters, with significantly less.
Unsurprisingly, if you're a SuperTaster, you're less likely to enjoy short, strong cocktails which will taste very strong and alcoholic to you. Likewise, these very drinks are likely to be those sought out by the MildTasters.
Gordon's helped us out, by developing the perfect cocktail to suit everyone's tastebuds. Here's a home-grown method to check what kind of tastebuds you have:
Put some food colouring on the tip of your tongue. The pink taste buds will stay raised.
Hold a ring-binder re-enforcer over your tongue and count the dots in the circle. If you have over 30, you're a ‘Super'. Anything under 15-20, you're a MildTaster.
SuperTasters gin cocktail: Summer Blossom
Easy to make and suiting any drinking occasion, Gordon's With A Spot of Elderflower, white wine, apple juice and a dash of Earl Grey syrup – it's a simple and elegant mixed drink, a real crowd pleaser.
40ml Gordon's With A Spot of Elderflower
20ml Sauvignon Blanc
20ml cloudy apple juice
15ml Earl Grey syrup*
Method: Shake all ingredients, double strain and add garnish.
*Earl Grey syrup can be easily made at home by soaking sugar water with an Earl Grey tea bag overnight.
Inbetweenies gin cocktail: London's Port of Call
The hint of natural cucumber blended with classic juniper-rich Gordon's London Dry gin provides a fresh, crisp finish that balances perfectly with the delicious taste of port and watermelon juice.
40ml Gordon's Crisp Cucumber
20ml Tawny Port
50ml Watermelon juice
15ml Lemon juice
10ml sugar syrup
Garnish: Slice of cucumber & a sprig of mint
Method: Shake all ingredients, strain and add garnish.
MildTasters gin cocktail: Southwark Sour
The powerful sweet and sour flavour, attractive garnishes and tasty mixers of this cocktail make it the ideal party serve.
50ml Gordon's With A Spot of Elderflower
25ml Lemon juice
50ml Citrus honey water
15ml Raspberry vinegar
Garnish: Dehydrated lemon, raspberry
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain and garnish
If you cant be bothered to make your own gin cocktails, here are 5 of the best bars in London for gin cocktails: City of London Distillery Bar, Worship Street Whistling Shop, 214 Bermondsey Street, Graphic and Portobello Star.
What's your favourite gin cocktail? Share your ideas in the comments box below.
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