Bloedlemoen – Handcrafted Gin
Today I crack open the first of the 12 Gins to Christmas.
The Gin Advent Calendar was ordered from DailyDrams.com and contained 24 miniature bottles of local and international gin. What a surprise to find an “old friend” as a welcome to the Ginvent series on the first day.
What makes Bloedlemoen special?
Vapour infusion is the suspension of the more delicate botanicals in a “botanicals basket”– which is a fine mesh steel basket that sits in the vapour trail (column plates) above the still, through which the alcohol vapour passes and extracts the essential oils from the botanicals in the baskets.
And the illustrated label is done by the world-renowned miniatures artist, Lorraine Loots. Lorraine was commissioned to capture the pure essence of the flavours and clean lines of the botanicals present in the handcrafted Bloedlemoen Gin.
- Blood Orange
- Angelica Root
- Liquorice Root
- Grains of Paradise
- Sweet Orange Peel
- 50ml Bloedlemoen
- Cassia Bark
- Fresh Orange Slice
Hope on Hopkins is a small-batch craft distillery in Salt River, Cape Town, set up by ex-lawyers Lucy Beard and Leigh Lisk. The South African couple had been working as lawyers in London for nearly 15 years before abandoning the rat race to follow the sun. They eventually found their way back home, to South Africa – after falling in love with craft gin in the Mediterranean – and refurbished a rundown warehouse in industrial Salt River, creating the Mother City’s first artisanal distillery. The two of them work (and live) in this urban haven, dedicating their lives to the age old process of batch distillation with their faithful stills – Mildred and Maude – the first stills to be licensed in the City of Cape Town.
I prepared the Bloedlemoen Gin with the traditional Schweppes Tonic water, a few slices of fresh lemon and lots of ice. The fragrant botanicals and crisp tonic water are perfect partners; I prepared Parmesan-and-Rosemary Popcorn as a snack to enjoy with the drink (it is Christmas season after all!)
For more information on the Bloedlemoen Gin; Bloedlemoen Gin Fact Sheet.