Blue Slate gin three ways

by CRAFTR team

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Dinorwig's Blue Slate gin is made using botanicals grown on a windy hillside of Northern Wales. As such it contains no citrus as lemons and oranges are notoriously difficult to grow in windy wet Snowdonia. It has earthy notes that make it very differentiated. The team at Dinorwig have put together 3 different serves for their gin, which complements all the flavours of the Blue Slate Gin

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First up is a classic G&T with homemade rhubarb and pink grapefruit bitters. Adding rhubarb & pink grapefruit to a G&T, both of which are bittersweet flavours, is a great twist to the classic gin & tonic, as their bitterness complements some of the tartness of juniper. Bitters, the salt & pepper of the cocktail world, have long been used to bring distinct, powerful flavours to classic drinks. You likely will have heard of Angostura or Peychaud's bitters, which use roots and herbs to create their distinctive flavour. If you'd like to make your own bitters, it's a pretty complex process with multiple different steps but there's a great guide on

Second is another twist on a gin and tonic using green coriander seed and a slice of lime. Whilst green coriander seed is quite difficult to find in the shops, it's pretty easy to grow and brings a strong aromatic flavour to a G&T. Broadly a cross between coriander leaf and the more mature brown seed (that you'd find on the spices rack in a local supermarket), green coriander is a perfect addition to a G&T. One thing that we love about the Dinorwig team is their commitment to innovating and trying new and interesting flavours and approaches. Why not try some new herbs & spices in your G&T, comment below with your favourite variations or send them to use via Instagram.

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Finally, the team have come up with a classic twist on a Tom Collins, the Oxalis Collins. Taking its name from wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta in Latin), the Oxalis Collins is gin, soda and wood sorrel syrup. To make the syrup, steep some wood sorrel leaves in boiling water overnight and then mix with equal parts sugar to get a wonderfully citrusy yet bitter syrup, which is perfect to add to a G&T or a Collins. Often confused with the Shamrock, you can find wood sorrel in woodlands or buy it from a decent specialist greengrocer. It can also be added to salads, soups or be used as a seasoning.

Happy drinking!

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