So, you've made the best decision of your week and decided to sample a cheeky bottle of Strange Nature Gin. We're glad to hear it!
Bets are on that your next question is how you're going to enjoy it. This is a pretty flavourful gin if we do say so ourselves, so it's worth testing it in a few different ways to see what tickles your tastebuds!
NATURE FLAVOURS THE STRANGE
The Guide To New Zealand Gin have featured Strange Nature in their 2021 edition - here's what they had to say about our flavour profile:
"Stonefruit, passionfruit, lime and damp cut grass on the nose with caramelized baked apricots and juniper on the palate. A long lime-driven finish."
Because there's a lot of complexity in our unique base spirit, we reckon it's best to start simple.
1. OVER ICE
Less is more with this one! To really maximise your appreciation for all the unique flavours in our premium grape gin, taste it neat or over ice. Use good quality water for your ice, and don't be shy - try 3 or 4 cubes in a glass.
The bigger your ice cubes, the slower they'll melt - meaning more temperature control and less dilution. Plan accordingly!
2. SPRITZ OF SODA
Because of all that flavour, Strange Nature also pairs charmingly well with soda water. Load up a highball glass with that same good quality ice, and enjoy the spritz of carbonation that comes through in a nice soda water. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime wedge if you're feeling fancy. We like Fever Tree Premium Soda Water.
3. THE CLASSIC GIN AND TONIC
Last but not least, the absolute classic that is a G&T. For the ultimate gin and tonic recipe, we recommend experimenting! Stay tuned for some more in depth feedback on the best tonic pairings available in New Zealand. A more classic tonic will let the gin sing; a more flavourful tonic will be a party on your tongue.
Try serving in a wine glass or Copa de Balon glass if you're feeling fancy - these traditional Spanish vessels capture aromatics due to their bowl-like shape and the long stem will help keep your gin cold. Bonus!