CUCUMBER & MINT GIN
Born of the forest and distilled with a unique blend of botanicals, including the mystical mandrake root, our premium addition to the Nosferatu Distillery gin family is the stuff of legend. Imminent death awaits those who hear its scream. Beware of the root. Beware of the cry. Mandrake Cucumber & Mint Gin has arrived.
THE TALE BEHIND THE TASTE
Allow us to introduce Mandrake; Nosferatu’s mischievous younger brother.
Step into the forest, if you dare, but beware of what waits under foot.
The mandrake root, or 'Mandragora Officiarum', is a thing of danger
As folklore would have it, the mandrake root screams when pulled from the ground, killing anyone unfortunate enough to hear its cries. When ingested, it is said to excite delirium and madness. But, hey, who believes in folklore?
The mandrake tale takes its cues from folklore and cinema. Harry Potter fans will be familiar with the repotting of the Mandrake seedlings scene in the Chamber of Secrets. The cries are not yet fatal, but capable of ‘knocking you out for a few hours’.
Taking inspiration from this tale, steeped in mystery and legend, our small batch Mandrake Cucumber & Mint Gin melds Albanian juniper with cucumber, mint, coriander seed and liquorice root. We have taken all the bad stuff out and left the good stuff in.
Born of the forest and distilled with a unique blend of botanicals, including a tiny non-lethal dose of mandrake root, the newest addition to our family of gins truly is #ToDieFor. Try if you dare!
Made at Nosferatu Distillery,
No artificial colours
HOW WE MADE IT
FOR ALL THE GIN NERDS OUT THERE
The Juniper berries, coriander seed, grains of paradise and green cardamom are milled by hand using our grain mill which pre-dates the Australian Constitution. This allows access for our spirit to the highly flavourful and aromatic centre.
The distillation is done slowly over the course of several hours to ensure that no unpleasant characters make it into the final spirit. The cucumber and mint are infused post distillation as they have very delicate aromas and flavours, so we don’t boil them as this would generate a vegetal unpleasant pungent character.
The final spirit is cut to 40.4% using soft Victorian water and filtered to achieve brilliant clarity. We use a natural colouring to give Mandrake it’s green hue.
Our aim was for a soft, fresh cucumber richness and a “clapped” mint character, like a garnish in a cocktail and our Mandrake Cucumber and Mint Gin is just that.
Serve with some Violet Tonic Water, a slice of cucumber and loads of ice!
COURTESY OF THE BOWERY, BRISBANE
40mL Mandrake Cucumber & Mint Gin
30mL Massenez Creme de Violettes
20mL Simple Syrup
20mL Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed)
3 Chunks of Cucumber
Soda water to top
Combine the Mandrake Cucumber & Mint Gin, Creme de Violettes, Simple Syrup & lemon juice and shake. Fine strain into a wine glass with ice. Top with soda.
Garnish with a mint sprig and cucumber roll. Dust mint with fine icing sugar.
TO DIE FOR.