Thursday, February 6, 2014
By Warren Bobrow, Cocktail Whisperer
Martin Miller recently passed away after a battle with cancer. He was far too young to be claimed by such a deadly disease.
Martin for all you who don’t know was the founder of the highly individualistic gin company by the same name. His gin set the stage for many of the micro distilled brands of gin that we see on the market today.
Martin Miller’s gin was: “born of love, obsession and some degree of madness,” according to the website and I tend to agree. You have to be obsessed to make gin in England. Most of the London Dry styled gin is flavorless at best, mere whispers against the more assertive “botanical” styles. I prefer botanical gins like Martin Miller’s because the juniper takes a back seat to the citrus flavors inherent in the final mix. They also use Icelandic glacial water to do the blending. According to the website again, “Sparkling bright, pure and unpolluted we draw water from our own spring. This is water like no other, icy cold and alive. It emerges into daylight for the first time in maybe 800 years, rising from the depths of the Basalt Mountains that frame the skyline of this sleepy village.
So, spirit into spirit, for Icelander’s truly believe their water to be a living entity, Martin Miller’s is delicately blended with pure Icelandic spring water creating a marriage of rare softness, clarity of taste and appearance.
It is simply bottled magic.”
The distillate is produced using juniper, coriander, angelica, and Florentine Iris- coupled with the more unusual cassia, cinnamon bark, and anise, are blended with Seville orange peel and lime. It also uses cucumber as an ingredient, like Hendrick’s
and a couple of other brands on the market. This is a very sophisticated slurp rolling in at just over 90 proof. I’m a HUGE fan of Martin Miller’s gin in a somewhat twisted Gin and Tonic. For the tonic component I’m very fond of the tonic syrup from Tom. Tom Richter is the owner of this company that makes just about the best tonic syrup I’ve ever tasted. I also add some Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters to the usual tonic syrup and fizzy water. I’m rather partial to Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water in Pink Grapefruit. I think it works beautifully against the spicy elements of the tonic syrup and the haunting aromatics of Martin Miller’s Gin.
The Martin Miller’s Gin & Twisted Tonic
2 oz. martin miller’s gin
1 oz. Tomr Tonic Syrup
4 oz. Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water (pink grapefruit)
2-3 dashes Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters
Hand cut ice (freeze Tupperware 1 gallon trays with triple boiled distilled water overnight, cut to size for each drink)
Rub the grapefruit peel on the inside of each Collins glass, first burning it slightly against a match to bring out the natural oils
Add the hand cut ice to the glass
Add the tonic syrup and the gin over the top of the syrup
Add the Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
Top with the Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters and serve immediately after stirring with a long colorful straw!
Cheers from DrinkUpNY!
Article by Warren Bobrow, a nationally published food and spirits columnist who writes for Williams-Sonoma, Foodista and the Beekman Boys