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Hendrick's Gin

Hendrick’s Gin


By Robert Plotkin

If you're in the market for a spirit that marches to the beat of a different drummer, look no further than Hendrick's Gin, a refreshing, marvelously twisted gin with a unique outlook on things. Self-described as the "world's most peculiar gin," Hendricks exists confidently in a universe of its own making—and we’re all rather fortunate they did.

The brand is produced in the seaside village of Girvan, Ayrshire in the south of Scotland. Its individualism to a large degree is the result of skilled craftsmanship. The gin is crafted from a blend of small batch spirits produced in two types of stills, each of which produce distinctively different styles of spirits. The distillery's small pot still produces a full-bodied, full-flavored spirit with an oily texture and a juniper-forward character. In contrast, the Carter-Head stills extract the aromas and flavors in the botanicals using alcohol vapors alone, yielding a distinctively lighter, more delicately flavored spirit. Blending the two results in a finished spirit unlike all other entrants.

Another significant point of distinction is the composition of Hendricks' botanical mix, a delightfully eccentric blend of juniper, coriander, citrus, witch hazel, cassia bark, Bulgarian rose petals and cucumber essence. After distillation the spirit is diluted to 88-proof with spring water from the Scottish lowlands.

The result is a refreshing break from convention, a gin without a heady blast of juniper on the nose or palate. Hendricks has a lightweight, oily textured body and a prominent cucumber and floral bouquet with light citrus and juniper notes. Despite being relatively high in alcohol, the gin raises little heat on the palate before slowly fading into a slightly spicy, cucumber-laced finish.

Hendricks well deserves its critical acclaim and legions of enthusiastic supporters.


Hendrick’s Gin Recipes

Barbie, The
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 oz. Hendricks Gin
3/4 oz. rhubarb puree
1/2 oz. vanilla syrup
1/2 oz. gooseberry syrup
Shake and strain
Fresh gooseberry garnish
Bonnie Fizz
Tall glass, chilled
Add to an empty mixing glass
5–7 blackberries
1/2 oz. simple syrup
Muddle contents and add ice
1 oz. Hendricks Gin
1/2 oz. Creme du Mure
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
Shake and strain
Top with chilled Brut Champagne
Cucumber slice garnish
British Spring Fizz
House specialty glass, chilled
Build in glass
2 oz. Hendricks Gin
1 oz. Creme de Cassis
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
Add ice
Top with chilled Brut Champagne
Lemon wedge garnish