DRUMMING UNDER THE MOON
Over the last decade, the gin scene has diversified into a global sensation that, to some extent, has democratised the industry. South Africa produces a staggering array of world-class gins distilled from local botanicals that have brought a fresh African gust of inspiration. An African dry gin to capture African soul, Drum Gin is juniper rich and citrussy, with an unusual spice unfolding with the full vocabulary of African botanicals. On the nose it has a sweetness from rich citrus, notes of mace and grains of paradise. The body of the gin is full and well-rounded – with a rich beginning, flavourful middle, and a unique finish coming through from the African bird’s eye chilli.
In a shaker with ice, add 135 ml Drum Gin, 90 ml cola tonic, 45 ml chilli syrup, 90 ml creamy chocolate liqueur and shake. Fill a champagne coupe halfway with 330 ml fizzy cola, then pour the cocktail slowly over the cola to prevent excessive fizzing. Gently spoon the 45 ml whipped cream onto the surface of the cocktail. Garnish with a fresh red chilli on top.
Tip: Pouring the cocktail slowly over the back of a tablespoon will prevent the liquor from sinking to the bottom of the glass and will stop excessive fizzing.
THE BE-GIN-NING OF A GREAT COCKTAIL
As far as base spirits for cocktails go, gin is arguably the most sociable, mixes well and goes with almost everything thanks to its mix of botanicals (which often include juniper, cardamom, coriander, and citrus) that pick up other flavours in a way that enhances every element of the cocktail. It offers a strong foundation for a drink, but also allows other ingredients to build on its flavour profile. But the real magic of gin is its ability to stand out in boozy cocktails while somehow being delicate enough to refresh in an elegant, citrussy G&T.