Hendrick’s

The Flying Cucumber

In the world of food blogging, you get a lot of press releases. Some are strange. Some sound fun. But rarely do you get one that sounds as grand as a Flying Cucumber.

The one thing we love about Hendricks is that they know how to throw a party!

And this go ’round was no different. Setting off in L.A. on April 13, and traveling across the U.S. over the next 13 weeks, you can see this exquisite airship wrapped as a beautiful cucumber! Side note: There are more astronauts in the world than airship pilots.

You might be wondering if anyone got to ride in the airship. Sadly, the wind was not in our favor. But being a 9 a.m. call time on a workday, Hendrick’s poured libations and kept true to their personality.

Regardless of the weather, we got a splendid cocktail – Lady Grace Drummond-Hay. Two things to note. 1. Over the last year, I have noticed that I have enjoyed wine cocktails. And this one is pretty grand since I am not a Chardonnay fan. Or maybe this is the best use of Chardonnay yet – Just add gin. 2. Lady Grace Drummond-Hay was the first woman to travel the world by airship.

Lady Grace Drummond-Hay

1 1/2 Parts Hendrick’s Gin
1 Part Chardonnay
1/4 Part Citric Acid
1/4 Part Simple Syrup
1 Dash Orange Bitters

Combine ingredients over ice. Stir and strain. Serve Chilled. 

All you need to do know, is build the cocktail and browse the pictures of the unusual!

 

Hendricks, The Unusual

Hendricks, The Unusual

Note: As usual (or unusual in this case), we like to be up front about our posts. This was a free party with free drinks, sponsored by Hendrick’s.

Hendrick’s Gin once again wowed its visitors at its annual party of the unusual. Last year’s party was pretty legit, which you can read about here. Then, we met with the ambassador and found out a little bit about what made Hendrick’s different from some of the other gin’s of the world. Generally, it’s because of its botanical taste, but he gets much more technical in his description for those of you who truly enjoy the ins and outs of your beverages. I won’t repeat all of our learnings here, but instead will give you a recap of the night.

This year, Hendrick’s may have outdid itself. We really enjoyed the set up, which was transformed from a big, open setting to having a private entrance, wherein your party gathered and entered through a hidden bookshelf into a botanical greenhouse complete with mist and intrigue.

Once you walked inside, there were several watering stations, where you could try out several spectacular gin drinks.

Here are a few to try:

Unusual Negroni (Tiffany’s personal favorite)
Ingredients:
1 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
1 oz. Aperol
1 oz. Lillet Blanc
1 grapefruit peel

Method: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass, ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into either an iced rocks glass or a cold cocktail glass. Garnish with a peel of a pink grapefruit and enjoy.

Emporium of the Unusual Punch (Fairly sweet)
Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
2 oz. Tazo Cinnamon Spice Tea (Hot or Chilled)
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 oz. Sparkling Water
1 Lemon wheel
3 dashes Angosura Bitters
1 Cucumber wheel

Method: Combine ingredients and give a good stir. Serve in punch bowl, with ice if chilled.

Benevolent Bog (A great fall/holiday drink)
Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
0.75 oz. Spiced Cranberry Compote
0.75 oz. Lemon Juice
0.33 oz. Ancho Reyes
1 Lemon Wheel (garnish)
2 Fresh Cranberries (garnish)

Method:
Combine ingredients, add ice and shake. Strain into an iced rocks glass. Garnish and serve.

After grabbing a drink, we tried our best to get chosen to go under the dress of what must have been the tallest woman in the world (See the picture for that statement to make any sense at all). We’re still not sure what’s under her skirt. Or how you’re chosen to go under there for that matter. But what we do know is that that was one of the talks of the night—while people seemed to be going in and out of the big tent skirt, no one really knew who you had to know to get there.

There was also a writer who would type out a limerick for the ladies. He mostly flirted with the women in line, but at the end of the wait, you’d end up with a silly poem to take home. No clue where that little slip of paper went to, although you can see it in the photos below.

If I haven’t convinced you that you should attend next year’s soiree, just look through the photos and let them speak for themselves. The party is as unusual as the taste of gin itself.

What makes Hendrick’s unique?

  • The distinctive flavor of Hendrick’s Gin is a result of the eleven different botanicals used in its creation.
  • Then rose and cucumber are infused into the spirit one batch at a time.
  • Hendrick’s is the only gin made in a combination of Carter-Head and copper pot stills.
  • Hendrick’s is made in small batches of 99 Gallons versus the typical small batch of 220 gallons, allowing more control over the production.

Cheers!

Voyages into the Unusual World of Gin and Music

By Tiffany Young & Antonio Delgado

Marc Stoddard

Marc Stoddard

Hendrick’s Gin sponsored a free drink party (FDP) in Austin in May featuring White Ghost Shivers, gin drinks, delightful food bites and many unusual sights. OhSpooning was lucky enough to take part in this free party and report back on its findings.

Listen to Hendrick’s U.S. Brand Ambassador Marc Stoddard describe what makes Hendrick’s unique, from its process to its taste, in the following interview with OhSpooning and the lovely sounds of White Ghost Shivers soundchecking:

Enjoy a Hendrick’s drink, recipes and photos courtesy Hendrick’s Gin:

VITU Traveling Punch 

HendricksTravelingPunch

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • crème de mure
  • fresh lemon juice
  • blackberry sage tea*
  • Demerara/lemon oleosaccharum**
  • sage leaves
  • blackberries
  • lemon wheels
  • chilled soda water
  • ice block

Combine ingredients except for soda water in a punch bowl and add ice, stir, top with soda and garnish.

*republic of tea 1 bag per 16 oz then chill peychaud’s bitters

**Take whole lemon peels and muddle with Demerara sugar 3 hours in advance of the event.  Then stir in 1/2 of the lemon juice to dissolve the sugar

Family Tree

Family Tree

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Fresh watermelon juice
  • Fresh lemon
  • simple syrup
  • Basil
  • Montelobos
  • Soda water
  • lemon wheel
  • watermelon juice

Combine ingredients except for soda water.  Ice, shake well and strain over fresh ice

into a long glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a basil leaf.  Serve.

Night of the Iguana

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • celery juice
  • cucumber juice
  • fresh lemon
  • simple syrup
  • cucumber wheel
  • ground sea salt
  • ground cubeb berry

Combine ingredients, add ice, and shake well.

Strain into martini glass. Garnish with cucumber dusted with ground cubeb and sea salt

Traveler’s Testament

Hendricks Testament

  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Rooibos Tea*
  • Lime juice
  • Raspberry Syrup**
  • Coconut Flakes Toasted****
  • Cold sparkling water
  • Cucumber Blood Cocktail
  • Lemon verbena infused-Hendrick’s
  • cucumber juice
  • lemon juice
  • simple syrup
  • green chartreuse

Shake, strain, and serve in vessel garnish with cucumber “eggs”, (cuc-flavored spherified caviar) or infused cucumber balls depending on serving vial.