|Bartender Jesse Cornell at Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin Event|
When Philadelphia Distilling introduced Bluecoat Gin in 2006, it was heralded as one of the most drinkable gins on the market, a spirit less dry than traditional British gins. On April 2, the state-run liquor stores in Pennsylvania began stocking Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin, a small batch processed spirit – six barrels for every run – that will only be available until May 2. On March 25, at Iron Chef Jose Garces' Olde Bar, Philadelphia Distilling held a preview party and bartending competition for their newest offering. During the event, Bluecoat reintroduced the Clover Club, a gin-based cocktail that originated in Philly in the 1880s.
Inspired by the popularity of barrel-finished whiskey, Bluecoat's new gin still has the usual juniper and pepper notes of the original, but is softer and rounder with fragrant hints of coriander, caramel toffee and nutty oak in the mix.
|Clover Club cocktail|
Recipe: Clover Club Cocktail with Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin
1 1/2 oz Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
3/4 oz fresh Lemon Juice
6 fresh raspberries and egg white (optional)
Add raspberries to a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle. Add the additional ingredients to the shaker with ice then shake vigorously. Double strain into a cocktail Coupe and garnish with fresh raspberries.
Photos ©Reese Amorosi 2015
Posted on Saturday, April 04, 2015