I have tried several types of gin over the years and since I am a massive cocktail fan I was thrilled when 31Dover got in touch asking me to review a couple of their star products. At first glance Butcher’s Gin and Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin are polar opposites – the former a macho brute of a spirit, the latter romantic, pretty and feminine. And that’s just by judging them on superficial looks alone.
I had no idea what to expect when I opened the bottle of Butcher’s Gin but one sniff and I didn’t need to be told that meat was involved – this gin actually smells like dry aged beef. I won’t lie to you – this was wholly unexpected and a bit off putting. The suggestion is to serve Butcher’s with ‘ a few drops of lemon juice, some pink pepper tonic and some fresh basil’ – but this special mixer is not stocked in the UK. Mixing it with ordinary tonic proved a losing battle anyway – Butcher’s has too strong a taste and simply obliterated any of the mixers I tried with it. The best way to enjoy Butcher’s in my opinion is ice-cold as a shot with a plate of charcuterie – suddenly the spicy taste and heady scent made complete sense.
100ml | 3.4fl oz fresh cucumber juice
60ml | 2fl Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin
30ml/1fl oz Lillet Blanc*
1 tsp elderflower cordial
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
2. Add the remaining ingredients and half fill the shaker with ice. Shake hard for 30 seconds and pour into a chilled martini glass.