While out for drinks this weekend, an old friend visiting from New York City got me to try Hendrick’s gin ($30.99 @ BevMo) for the first time. I have to say I was quite impressed. Hendrick’s is unlike any other gin I’ve tried. According to their entertaining website this Scottish small batch gin’s “wondrous botanical signature consists of flowers, roots, fruits, and seeds from the world over. They function to complement and set the stage for our delicious duet of infusions: rose petals and cucumber.”
Delicious indeed. The botanical notes are much more subtle here than with other gins, which opens up space for a smooth and soft touch of cucumber. I would urge anyone who has been turned off to gin by the “piney” flavor to give Hendrick’s a try. I tasted both a Hendrick’s and Tonic and a Hendrick’s Martini that I would absolutely order again. The most important advice from my Hendrick’s drinking friend: always serve with a cucumber garnish. It added the perfect smooth and refreshing aroma to drinks we had. If none is available, forgo the lime or martini olive altogether. The wrong garnish just doesn’t play right with the cucumber notes in the gin.
Hendrick’s Cucumber Martini (via Hendrick’s)
2 1/2 parts Hendrick’s Gin
1/2 part dry vermouth
Stir Hendrick’s Gin and vermouth in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Finish with a cucumber garnish.