Four good reasons to love Plymouth

Some things are too good to gussy up. Like the taste of Plymouth gin. These simple recipes use no more than three ingredients apiece which is good news for purists and even better if your home bar is running embarrassingly low…

The Plymouth Flight starts with the Marguerite, the forerunner of the drink we now recognize today as the Dry Martini. First printed in ‘Stuart’s guide to Fancy drinks’ in 1896

The Marguerite (the original Martini)

3 shots of Plymouth English Gin
1 shot of French Dry Vermouth (Lillet Blanc or Dolin dry de Chambery)
Dash of orange bitters

Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with large ice cubes. When chilled sufficiently, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist (preferable long from an unwaxed lemon)

The Pink Gin

Pink gin is a typically English way of enjoying gin. It is widely agreed that the drink was first created by members of the Royal Navy, as a way of making Angostura bitters more enjoyable. Angostura bitters were discovered as a cure for sea sickness in 1824 by Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert. The drink was first introduced to Britain at the Great London Exposition of 1862.

3 shots of Plymouth Navy Strength Gin
3 dashes of Aromatic bitters

Add the gin to a mixing glass and then the bitters, stir and strain over ice into an old fashioned glass.

The initial kick of the Marguerite, followed by the aromatic spiciness of the Pink Gin can then be balanced by the citrus softness of the Gimlet.

The word “gimlet” named after British Royal Navy Surgeon General Sir Thomas D. Gimlette, who allegedly introduced this drink as a means of inducing his messmates to take lime juice as an anti-scurvy medication.

The Gimlet
2 shots of Plymouth English Gin
1 shot of Rose’s Lime Cordial

Stir well in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled Martini glass.

And finally to refresh the palate before re-introducing the flight all over again, the traditional Plymouth Gin and water.

The Gin and Water
2 shots of Plymouth English Gin
4 shots of chilled mineral water

Add gin (preferably from the freezer) to a wine glass and water to taste from a small jug.


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