Think Gin

MAY 17, 2017
Find the gin – and the tonic – that speaks to you. Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour at Landmark has more than 220 gins to choose from and we know just how to go about picking the one that’s right for you...

The popularity of gin has been on the rise in recent times. Yet creating the perfect gin cocktail or gin and tonic remains an age-old art. The right gin and the correct tonic, not to mention the right glass, must all come together to ensure a gratifying result.

Gin is essentially a neutral spirit, flavoured with a selection of botanicals (berries, seeds, fruits, roots, leaves, peels, herbs and barks). These are crucial to the taste and vary greatly from gin to gin, particularly when it comes to up-and-coming craft gins. With more choice than ever before, it’s easy to find a gin that’s right for you. While Tanqueray, which purports to be “the world’s finest gin”, is known to contain juniper, coriander, angelica root and liquorice (though the details of the recipe are a closely guarded secret), craft gins on the market incorporate new, unusual flavours that might appeal: take Da Mhile seaweed gin, or Cambridge truffle gin for starters.

The characteristics of your gin determine how best to drink it. Those with more ingredients – more botanicals – can be challenging to balance in a cocktail (the Martini, Tom Collins or a gimlet are some of the spirit’s signatures) but when done right, can be exquisite. If in doubt, go with the classic gin and tonic, though even this no longer comes simply. Forming between just over half and three-quarters of the drink, at Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour the appropriate mixing tonic is selected to complement the botanicals of a gin. Lighter, more complex gins, for example, would do well with a tonic such as Q Tonic that allows their subtleties to shine through.

One step remains to completing the process of ordering your drink of choice – the glass. Dr. Fern’s uses tall, slim Collins glasses that concentrate the aroma of the gin and trap the carbonation. The glasses, gins and tonics are all kept in the freezer. "All too often, warm gin and tonic are poured over copious amounts of ice, producing a watered-down version of the drink,” says Gerry Olino, Bar Manager at Dr. Fern’s. “We only add ice at the end, which also prevents the drink from foaming".

The final flourish? For a gin-and-tonic, it’s a slice of lemon or lime – which one you opt for is very much a personal preference. For the rest, visit Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour and discover the gin that suits your style, from more than 220 options.