There aren?t that many gins that can claim not only to take from nature, but also to give something back. Elephant Gin is one such special case. That Elephant Gin supports the preservation of West African elephants isn?t the only reason that barkeepers don?t want to be without it in their collection of premium spirits ? whether on their shelves at work or in their cabinet at home. Let us introduce Elephant Gin and its elephant-friendly credentials a bit more ? and do bear in mind that it?s available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks.
Elephant Gin ? save elephants, drink gin
Every bottle of Elephant Gin is adorned on the rear with a map of West Africa, while a relief depicting an elephant finds space on the front. This retro get-up gives one the feeling that Elephant Gin would look as at home in the hand of a 19th Century explorer as it does on the shelf of a bar. It?s the kind of gin you wouldn?t be surprised to find on deck with Joseph Conrad?s Marlow. But the producers at Elephant Gin don?t have much to do with any hearts of darkness. Their compassion is evident by the fact that 15% of their profits are directed to elephant conservation projects; the Big Life Foundation and the Space for Elephants Foundation. Each small batch of Elephant Gin that?s produced is named after a deceased or protected elephant known to the conservationists.
Elephant Gin is more than just a conservationist gimmick. It?s also a high quality premium gin with exquisite botanicals, and it weighs in at a serious 45% volume. The botanicals question is key to every gin and increasingly yields exciting answers. It?s no different with Elephant Gin. 14 select ingredients, many of them African rarities, give this gin a unique and flavourful composition. Lion?s Tail is as literally named as Devil?s Claw. Baobab and African Wormwood complete the African selection. Also involved in Elephant Gin are apple, ginger, Austrian mountain pine, orange peel, and a few more. All are carefully balanced in the copper pot still, from which small batches of Elephant Gin are distilled; 800 bottles at a time. The final product, which is available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks, is exceptionally smooth and highly distinctive.
Drinking Elephant Gin: the elephant?s gin & tonic
Elephant Gin?s aromas are characterised by classic juniper scents and a supporting cast of lemon and pepper. On the palate, a loud vanilla note is part of the gin?s exceptional sweetness. Don?t be afraid to enjoy Elephant Gin pure. We recommend Fever Tree tonic water for its bitter orange oil; this makes our favourite Elephant Gin & Tonic. You also can?t go wrong if you?re keeping it real with a Gin Basil Smash:
- 90ml Elephant Gin
- 1 bunch of basil
- Half a lemon
- 20ml syrup
Drop the basil and the lemon into a cocktail shaker and muddle them up, making sure to smash the lemon up good and proper. Add the gin, shake it up, and strain over a glass that you?ve pre-garnished with a few basil leaves. Enjoy.