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For anyone hunting a traditional gin of the highest quality, Old English Gin, available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks, is not to be missed. This premium spirit is produced by Hammer & Son Ltd. ? the firm known to those who know gin as the producer of the first class Geranium Gin. Old English?s subtle, sophisticated, and seductive flavours make it an exceptional example of the juniper classic and win it the instant affection of both recent recruits as well as veterans of gin.

Old English Gin: true to tradition

The pot still which is used in the production of Old English Gin is the oldest in England, and was produced back in the day from among the last copper reserves in the country. But that?s not all that?s of nostalgic value. The recipe followed in the manufacture of Old English Gin dates from 1783 and is still followed faithfully today. (Well, not entirely faithfully. There is one missing ingredient: turpentine oil. If you really feel like playing Sydney Carton you?re welcome to drink all the turpentine oil you like, but know this ? it was left out of the Old English Gin recipe because? it?s toxic).

Truer to tradition than the shamefaced exclusion of poisonous ingredients from Old English Gin, which is available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks, is the very subtle sweetening process that the nearly-finished gin goes through. The bottling process too, is romantically authentic. In the London of 1783, as distiller Henrik Hammer is keen on recalling, gin would often have been stored and sold in champagne bottles. Recycled champagne bottles it is then. These are filled with gin and then sealed with cork and wax, giving Old English Gin an authentically antiquated appearance to match its retro recipe.

Old English Gin: a taste of Georgian London

Old English Gin?s old English recipe prescribes the use of 11 botanicals to create the perfect gin, including liquorice, coriander, and nutmeg. It?s the juniper that first registers, a crisp and clean scent which is released when the cork is removed. Earthy tones lurk behind, with a spicy dryness and a woody trace. Tasting the gin opens another chapter. The pointed sweetness is followed by a pleasantly bitter moment, before the Old English Gin?s juniper re-emerges. The complexity of the gin makes for a diverse and capable canvas, so here are a couple of recipes for you to enjoy that Age of Enlightenment flavour:

The Tom Collins

  • 60ml Old English Gin
  • 200ml soda water
  • 5 dashes of gum syrup
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 3 ice cubes

Put the gin, the syrup, the ice, and the lemon juice into a shaker. Shake it up and strain it into a glass before adding the soda water and diving straight in while it?s still nice and fizzy.

The Fix

  • 60ml Old English Gin
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of raspberry syrup
  • 1 tbsp sugar, dissolved in a little water

Fill up a glass two-thirds full with shaved ice, and stir the gin and the lemon juice in. Then add the raspberry syrup, garnish with a few berries, and enjoy.

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