Look what I got: Brockmans Gin’s The Black Book Of Gin Cocktails

Of all the many gins I have owned, tasted and eyed up behind a bar, I keep to myself a handful of personal favourite brands. And now one of them - Brockmans Gin - has published a cocktail book to celebrate its own tenth anniversary. So I’m celebrating too, with a Brockmans Gin. And believe me, it’s very difficult to toast to a glass with that exact same glass.

As all good gins come with a twist, so does this new book in that it’s not going to be made available to buy. It is an exclusive and limited edition publication that is being given “only to the chosen few”. And I’m one of them. I’m a Chosen One. I always knew I was special. Now I just need to know how to get to the magical land where I can fulfil my destiny of defeating a dragon and reclaim my rightful place on my throne of rainbows.

But enough about me and how important I am to the fate of the world. This beautifully presented, wonderfully illustrated black book completely lives up to the ethos of Brockmans itself - “the gin like no other”. With Brockmans’ incredible fruity flavour, created using 11 botanicals and with distinct blueberry and blackberry notes, each of the 40 recipes in this book are designed to perfectly complement its unique taste.

Separated into seasonal categories, the book offers perfect serves for using Brockmans in classic drinks like a Martini, a G&T, a Negroni and Aviation, as well as original contemporary recipes.

There’s also a whole section on best mixology practices, including tips on selecting glassware, creating garnishes and choosing sustainable straws.

More than this though, given the timed release, the book is a true celebration of Brockmans Gin, with a guide to world’s best bars, restaurants and hotels that serve it around the world, as well as a particularly sleek and stylish appearance that perfectly fits with Brockmans’ stand-out bottle and design.

As always, though, it’s really about the recipes. So here are a few drinks I made from the book...

Forest Gateau Martini

35ml Brockmans Gin
35ml Dark Chocolate Liqueur
25ml Creme De Fraise Des Bois
3 Fresh Raspberries

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and and double-strain into a martini glass. Garnish with grated dark chocolate and a raspberry.
This super-string dessert cocktail is a powerful, fruity concoction with a dark, rich flavour, which are all words I could use to describe Brockmans Gin itself.

Sour Bee Fizz

50ml Brockmans Gin
15ml Lime Juice
15ml Lemon Juice
25ml Honey Syrup
Egg white

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.
This is probably my favourite of those I made. I’m a huge fan of sweetened sour drinks, and the honey syrup really comes through here, leaving the sharp citrus notes as a bright peripheral flavour rather than the focus.

Ode To Aperol

40ml Brockmans Gin
40ml Aperol
Juice of two satsumas

Method: Fill a highball glass with ice and add the gin, Aperol and satsuma juice. Stir and then top up with the prosecco. Garnish with satsuma zest and blueberries.
I don’t use satsuma juice in cocktails often, so this drink brought a nice change for me. Paired with Aperol, Gin and Prosecco though, you’d expect this to be really strong, but it proved to be a really nice, well-balanced drink packed with flavour.
This is normally where I would put a link to buy the book, but if you really need that, then I'm guessing you weren't one of the Chosen Few. Now excuse me while I wait next to this lake for a lady to appear with a sword for me.

Tags: Brockmans Gin, Recipes, Cocktail Books

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