From the Woods – Gretchen Gin

There is a few new products from the renown German eau de vie distiller Schladerer. They had their 175-year anniversary in 2019 and in the merge of that they launched a gin and an apéritif. While a green version of the Vincent Aperitif was shortly available in the 2000s, the Gretchen Gin dates back to a recipe from 1947 from Alfred Schladerer. So, it is just logic to combine both products in a summery Highball style cocktail.

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Lost in My Mind – Zott Brennstaerke Apple

When it comes to eau de vies, the usual ABV is around 40 %. Maybe they have a bit more, but usually the alcohol content is below 50 %. However, besides the higher production costs, there is no reason why not to bottle an eau de vie at overproof. Everything that goes for cask strength whiskies or overproof rum also applies to eau de vie. Therefore, I am delighted to introduce an “from the still” apple eau de vie to you today!

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Sooth Lady Wine – Navy Island Navy Strength

When it comes to cocktails, there are some ingredients which have the ability to transform mediocre recipes into something special. One of those “cheater ingredients” is Pedro Ximenez sherry. It almost does not matter which ingredients you throw at this sherry, the recipe will always taste good. In this case, I chose a highly praised Navy Strength rum from Jamaica and a Austrian vermouth, which in regular recipes might be a little bitter. So, let us find out how the drink turned out!

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Confusion – Zott Pomeranze

When you create “new” cocktail recipes, there are multiple ways of arriving at a recipe that works. So, sometimes you have an idea for a cocktail and in the last minute you abandon the plan. You change almost all the ingredients and afterwards it still works out. This was exactly the case when I was working on a drink using the excellent citrus eau de vie made by Zott.

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PDLIF – Quarantini Social Dry Gin

During those difficult times, there are certain project which try to help the hospitality scene. In the case of Quarantini Social Dry Gin, Boris Markić the founder of Tesla Slivo and the distiller of Revolte Rum, Felix Kalthenthaler created a new gin which also supports local businesses as well as bars. Of course, I also took the chance to support two bars which I hold dear in Bamberg “Das Schwarze Schaf” and the “Kawenzmann Bar”.

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Light in the Atoll – Plantation Isle Of Fiji Rum

Right now rum from Fiji is kind of en vogue. This might also be the reason why Plantation released their second bottling from this small Island in the Pacific. I was a little bit indecisive as to which cocktail I wanted to make with the Isle of Fiji Rum. In the end, I found a great cocktail inspiration in the “Port of Call” cocktail.

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Medication – Dwersteg Ginger Liqueur

Though alcohol should never be a remedy, there are a few cocktails which are named after one. The most famous example might just be the “Penicillin Cocktail” created by Sam Ross. While my creation certainly tastes very different from the original, it adapts the basic principle of combining ginger notes with citrus and smoke flavours. On top of that, the “Medication” includes an excellent plum eau de vie!

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