As summer draws closer, there’s nothing more refreshing than an ice cold Gin and Tonic. It’s also fun to experiment with colour and infusions. I tried the new Prohibition Blue Gin, added Tonic Water and some Secco infusions. The cocktail turned pink and was super refreshing!
The striking blue colour of this Gin is derived from the flower of the Blue Pea, which means it is 100% natural, and turns pink when mixed with lemon or tonic water.
Prohibition Blue Gin is made in small batches and infused with juniper as well as coriander, lemon, angelica, cinnamon and a dash of rose water. Such is the quality that it has already landed a Gold Award, impressing judges at the latest SA Woman’s Wine & Spirit Awards.
The recommended retail price is just R369/750ml bottle.
The back story
The new Gin took many months to develop, says Silver Creek founder and distiller Mark Taverner. “What we have now is perfect – a beautifully balanced gin that not only complements our existing range but can hold its own in any company.”
The new Prohibition Blue Gin joins a pink and a clear variation in Silver Creek’s gin portfolio – a versatile gathering no matter the occasion. With the launch of Prohibition Blue Gin, comes the invitation to go beyond just G&T this summer: why not make your own G&T granita? Spruce it up with apples and thyme or enjoy it as a tipple with sweet temptations like a lemon and cardamom tart!
As with the distillery’s already-famous range of fine Moonshines, the Prohibition Gins are handmade, distilled to a fine spirit from carefully selected grains.
Prohibition Craft Gin is versatile, inspiring a range of cocktails. In glass, it shows a fresh, crisp burst of citrus with a base of juniper and a hint of cinnamon. Prohibition Pink Gin is the clear variation further infused with raspberries and blueberries, and a touch of hibiscus flowers and rose water.
Where the newcomer is concerned, Mark maintains that it’s not only the blue colour that makes it so intriguing, but also that it changes to pink with some mixers. “When it comes into contact with tonic water or lemon, the pH balance changes the colour to a sparkling pink.”
He adds that the blue colouring is 100% natural and likely to fade over time so should be ideally stored out of direct sunlight, in a cupboard or the fridge. Another fascinating fact about the presence of Blue Pea is that in traditional medicine, the flower – Clitoria Tetnatea – is said to have aphrodisiac and antioxidant powers, amongst other life-enhancing properties.
A bit of history
In this libertarian twist, it also links with the legacy of the Prohibition name. Prohibition was a ban imposed on liquor through the campaigns of America’s ultra-conservative Temperance Movement of the early 1900s.
The ban created a fertile environment for the illegal liquor trade and entertaining tales of gin-making by the light of the moon and lively underground speakeasies. Prohibition only lasted for 13 years, ended by overwhelming objection and to this day, its death knell in 1933 is widely celebrated.
Silver Creek Craft Distillery joined that commemoration with Prohibition Gins, part of the proud tradition that does everything by hand – from mashing and fermentation to distillation and bottling. This process allows for extra special care, which is why every bottle is signed by the distiller.
Prohibition Blue Gin is bottled at 43% ABV and available through online shop Takealot.com along with Silver Creek Craft Distillery’s full range and will soon be in all major retailers countrywide.
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