Look what I got: Brockmans Gin’s The Black Book Of Gin Cocktails
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 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.
Sour Bee Fizz
15ml Lime Juice
15ml Lemon Juice
25ml Honey Syrup
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Ode To 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.
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.