A newcomer for 2014, Rock Rose gin is a careful blend of botanicals sourced by Dunnet Bay Distillers in Caithness. Classic juniper is complemented by: rhodeola rosea which adds a lovely rose aroma and delicate floral notes; sea buckthorn – highly celebrated for it’s high vitamin C content, around 15 times more than an orange; and rowan berries which add a subtle and sweet fruity edge.
Rock Rose gin take a unique approach to sourcing their botanicals, focusing on locally available produce. As such each year will debut a new vintage as the Caithness botanicals are dependant on the climate and natures crop, resulting in a truly hand crafted gin that will differ from year to year.
The Bitter Cold Sling is inspired by the Bittered Sling, a long cocktail perfect for summer sipping that grew in popularity in the late 1950s to early 1970s. A refreshing number with tangy, fruity tones!
Bitter Cold Sling
25ml Rock Rose Gin
12.5ml Cherry Heering
10ml Cocchi di Torino
15ml Fresh Lemon Juice
10ml Fresh Orange
15ml Sugar Syrup
2 Dash of Aromatic Bitters
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake and single strain into a sling glass with cubed ice, then top with soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge, orange twist and cherry.
– all cocktails by Mike McGinty at Treacle, 39-41 Broughton Street, Edinburgh.