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The recipe for No. 3 London Dry Gin, which is available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks, resides at the houses of Berry Bros and Rudd, the oldest wine and spirit merchant in London. To pour a glass of this spirit is to prepare oneself a taste of time-honoured tradition, and to imbibe the import that arrived in England at the time of the Glorious Revolution. William of Orange brought more than just security for Protestants to the British Isles; the juniper spirits of his Dutch descent were to conquer the country with him, and gin soon established itself as a product inextricably linked to the UK.

At the end of the seventeenth century, William was sweeping across Britain, removing all vestiges of his father-in-law James II?s rule, and clearing the ground for him and his wife Mary II to cement themselves in power. (Note: Mary II was William?s first cousin as well as his wife ? please drink responsibly). At the same time, Berry Bros and Rudd was opening its doors for business. Since 1698 the firm has occupied the same premises at number 3 St. James? Street, an address to which No. 3 London Dry Gin owes its name. The firm has been the official supplier to the British royal family since the reign of King George III.

Time-honoured methods: the production of No. 3 London Dry Gin

While the recipe for No. 3 London Dry Gin retains its residence in London, production takes place in William?s native Netherlands. The ingredients are a reflection of the finished product?s sophisticated simplicity. 6 simple botanicals (juniper, orange peel, gratefruit peel, angelica root, coriander, and cardamom) are placed in a copper pot still. Pure grain alcohol, diluted with demineralised water, is added to the existing mixture, and the distillation process begins. The finished product is No. 3 London Dry Gin; fruit of hundreds of years of tradition, expertise, and attention to detail.

No. 3 London Dry Gin, available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks, bears all the characteristics of a classic. Bright, crisp and fresh, this is a gin in which juniper takes its traditional front and centre position. The supporting cast of floral traces, delightful citrus zing, warm spice and a lasting dryness complete the picture; No.3 London Dry is London Dry Gin as it ought to be.

No. 3 London Dry: perfect partner in a dry martini

Berry Bros and Rudd are keen to suggest the dry martini as the perfect use for their flagship gin. Here is a simple recipe for James Bond?s favourite drink, followed by another gin suggestion from his biggest literary admirer, Sir Kingsley Amis:

Dry Martini:

  • 50ml No. 3 London Dry Gin
  • 10ml dry vermouth
  • Lemon rind
  • Ice cubes

Having chilled your glass in the fridge for a while, fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the vermouth and the gin. Shake the mixture ? don?t stir it ? and keep shaking. Drop a few strips of lemon rind into your glass, and add the rest of your ingredients, having strained the mixture before. Enjoy. Kingsley Amis? Salty Dog:

  • 50ml No. 3 London Dry Gin
  • 100ml Fresh grapefruit juice
  • Salt
  • Ice cubes

Dip the rim of your glass in some water, and twirl it about in a plate of salt, ensuring it picks up a thickish coating about 50mm deep. Carefully add the gin and the juice, and enjoy your drink through the band of salt.

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