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The Gin in the Bowler Hat 

Cocktails Anyone?
by Sheila Swerling-Puritt

Have you ever bought a bottle just because the packaging caught your eye? I bought my first bottle of Broker's Gin because the little bowler hat like you'd see on a London City gentleman made me smile. (It also made me wonder whether these little add-ons get stolen, like the hood ornaments on fancy cars.)

Broker's, producer of London dry gin since the late 1900's, is one of a number of distilleries dedicated to producing distinctive products for sophisticated gin drinkers looking for quality and taste. The bowler is evidence of "fun" marketing savvy.

Like a growing number of premium gins, Broker's customized its spirit with top-quality natural ingredients. They use the herbs, spices and fruits (botanicals) found in most gins, but the result in this product is a smooth well-rounded gin with rich aromatics. What appeals most to me is there is no trace of that perfumy or pungent juniper smell of some gins. What I was looking for was a gin that didn't overpower cocktails – or me!

Blue Moon

This whimsical drink was popular in the 1940s.

  • 1½ oz. Broker's Gin
  • ½ oz. Bols Blue Curaçao
  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake, strain into a cocktail glass.

Adding an actual blue moon or two into the glass makes this cocktail much more fun to drink. Use an ice cube tray that makes semi-circular ice cubes or use a small muffin pan and partially fill the muffin molds with blue-tinted water before freezing. Just add a tiny bit of the Blue Curaçao to the water for colour, or you'll end up with a slushy, due to the alcohol in the Curaçao, instead of an ice cube.

 
Singapore Sling

This cocktail originated at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

  • ½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. superfine sugar
  • 1½ oz. Broker's Gin
  • ¾ oz. cherry brandy
  • 1 maraschino cherry or orange slice for garnish
  1. Combine lemon juice and sugar in mixing glass. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add gin and cherry brandy. Stir.
  3. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Stir gently and garnish.

 

For more information, you can contact Sheila at spuritt@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

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