For our Distillery Sessions this week, jazz duo from Amsterdam That Old Swing Jazz will be performing some Hot Swing from the 1930s and 40s. Our Head of Mixology, Ollie, has put together a cocktail called the English Gypsy for you all to try at home whilst enjoying the livestream performance!
Let's find out what Ollie has to say about his cocktail creation...
'That Old Swing Jazz had me thinking of Paris in the 1930s. Jazz manouche, also known as gypsy jazz, was a style of jazz developed in the French capital by the Romani guitarist Jean 'Django' Reinhardt during this decade. I decided to have a look at liqueurs which were most popular in France at this time and, of course, Bénédictine was one of these.
There are many classic cocktails that use this timeless herbal liqueur, including the Gypsy Queen which was created in New York in 1938 & believed to be the first post-Prohibition vodka-based cocktail.
We've decided to replace the vodka with our Cotswolds Dry Gin, which produces a cocktail with a clean citrussy palate and subtle sweet finish. If you've only got a bottle of our Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky at home then you can always use this instead; the whisky complements the botanical liqueur and brings a deliciously aromatic maltiness to the cocktail.'
45ml Cotswolds Dry Gin
15ml Bénédictine D.O.M.
2 dashes Cotswolds Distillery Grapefruit Bitters or aromatic bitters (optional)
Fresh grapefruit peel.
HOW TO CREATE:
Place all ingredients into an ice filled mixing glass, stir and strain into a martini glass. Express grapefruit peel around the glass and serve. Cheers, and don't forget to tune in to our Facebook page at 20:30 GMT on Thursday 7th May for our Distillery Sessions!