18th July 2008

Honorary Cocktails Celebrate Distiller’s 40th

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“Desmond Payne, Master Distiller of Beefeater Gin, has been making gin for 40 years – longer than anyone else in the world. To celebrate this milestone, Desmond has traveled to New Orleans for his ‘Ruby Jubilee,’ a global fete to be attended by drink luminaries from around the world.  The event coincides with Tales of the Cocktail, a culinary and cocktail festival in the French Quarter.” (Source: Marketwatch)

Desmond is the sole guardian of the original gin recipe.  The same one that was developed back in the 1820s – Quite the responsibility if you ask me.  He is a even so privileged as to overlook every step in the production of Beefeater – I hope taste testing is one of the processes.

In recognition of Desmond’s accomplishments, five of New Orleans’ finest mixologists prepared specialty cocktails:

The Desmond

4 parts Beefeater Gin
4 parts balsamic vinegar
3 parts fig preserves
3 parts orange marmalade
2 parts elderflower liqueur
1 sprig of basil
1 large strawberry
1 fresh egg white or pasteurized equivalent
Orange zest for garnish

Directions: Muddle the basil, strawberry and balsamic vinegar, and then strain. Add 4 to 5 drops of the mixture to the fig preserves, orange marmalade, and elderflower liqueur and thoroughly blend. Keep refrigerated overnight. Place fig/orange blend and the remaining ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously until frothy. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a little orange zest.

– Created by Marvin Allen

White London

1-1/4 parts Beefeater Gin
1/2 part Cointreau
1/2 part lemon juice
1/4 part cream
3 teaspoons sugar
1 egg white
1/4 muddled cucumber
1 cucumber slice for garnish

Directions: Muddle cucumber in a shaker. Add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with a cucumber slice.

– Created by Rebecca Tarpy

Payne’s Pleasure

1-1/2 parts Beefeater Gin
1 part simple syrup
3/4 part lemon juice
2 cups blueberries
2 tablespoons sugar
Splash of club soda
Squeeze of a fresh lemon wedge (approximately 2 teaspoons)
1 sprig of mint for garnish

Directons: Add blueberries, sugar and squeeze of lemon wedge in a blender and puree. Combine puree and remaining ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain the mixture into a highball glass and top with club soda. Fill the glass with ice and garnish with fresh blueberries and a sprig of mint.

-Created by Lu Brow

General Pakenham’s Revenge

1-1/2 parts Beefeater Gin
3/4 part Cointreau
3/4 part fresh lemon juice
1 bar spoon red pepper jelly
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
1 small pepper for garnish

Directions: Combine ingredients in mixing glass, fill shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the pepper.

-Created by Chris McMillian

The Desmond Cup

1-1/2 parts Beefeater Gin
2 parts fresh lemon juice
1 part simple syrup
2 cucumber medallions
2 orange wedges

Directions: Muddle cucumber and oranges in simple syrup. Add Beefeater Gin and lemon juice. Shake and strain over an ice filled highball glass and garnish with an orange wedge.

-Created by Chris Hannah

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