For this week’s Cocktail Friday I was very excited to be introduced to the wonders of Burleigh’s Gin.
Burleigh’s is a craft gin from a distillery nestled in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside. Master distiller Jamie Baxter, working with founder Phil Burley put together the unique blend of 11 botanicals after drawing inspiration from Burleigh wood, located near to their distillery.
The botanicals in Burleigh’s gin include silver birch, dandelion, burdock, elderberry and iris, giving the gin a crisp, fresh nose with piney eucalyptus and fragrant citrus tones. The flavour itself is robust with dry juniper, pine, eucalyptus and citrus followed by spicy and floral notes. There is a long finish with a hint of Parma violet, pine and eucalyptus with warm, dry peppery notes.
They have three London dry gins in their range, the Signature gin which we have used for these recipes, Export Strength and and the Distillers Cut. All three draw from the same botanicals, but use differing ratios for the recipe and ABV’s.
The Signature gin makes a stunning G&T when mixed with the right fruits and tonic (I prefer Fevertree), but their in-house favourite is the Negroni, which brings me to our first recipe for today . . .
This simple classic is so easy to prepare and a must for your personal cocktail bar.
What you need . . .
40ml Burleigh’s gin
30ml Sweet Vermouth
What you do . . .
Fill a short tumbler with ice
Layer up all ingredients and stir gently
Garnish with an orange wheel and a curl of zest
The bitter orange from the Campari compliment this particular gin beautifully. I’m not sure any other Negroni is going to quite hit the spot after tasting this one! I can totally understand why this is the signature cocktail for their gin.
For the second cocktail, I wanted to explore a more fruity experience with flavours that compliment the elderberry in the gin. So here we have . . .
The English Garden
What you need . . .
50ml Burleigh’s gin
12.5 ml St. Germain elderflower liqueur
50ml fresh apple juice – I used a Pink Lady cloudy apple juice
20ml fresh lime juice – roughly half a lime
20ml sugar syrup
What you do . . .
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Pour in all the ingredients
Shake well, until the cocktail shaker gets a good frost
Strain into a martini glass
Garnish with a sprig of mint and a curl of cucumber
For me, this cocktail is summer. The fresh fuitiness of the apple and lime juices coupled with the citrus tones from the gin, complimented with a hint of elderflower, for me makes this the perfect fruity cocktail. The flavours are not soft, it’s a fruit explosion, but without the heady sweetness that I dislike about some cocktails. I have a feeling this will become a firm favourite for when we entertain.
I hope you enjoy these cocktails and that you get to experience the delicious Burleigh’s for yourself!
One of the main points I love about the Burleigh’s story is their passion. They went from initial concept, to fully designed product in just 8 months, with the first bottle of consumer-ready gin being born in June 2014. Their depth of knowledge in the gin making industry is second to none, helping other gin-lovers to set up their own micro-distilleries, through to launching their own dedicated gin venue in the heart of Leicester city centre.
I’ll be first in line to get over there and learn more about gin, but more importantly, more about them too. Excellent gin, plus really lovely people equals one very happy and grateful me.
There is a stockist list on their website, or you can also buy direct from their online store. To reach them on Twitter, click here, and to see them on Facebook, click here (you will need to be logged in to view FB due to the age restrictions imposed on viewing an alcohol-related page).