The other week I was invited along to a pretty special evening. Edinburgh Gin were taking over the Malmaison in Birmingham to showcase the versatility of their gin and liqueurs collection. The evening meant cocktails paired with delicious food and I was quite exited!
For the evening Robert Wood of local bar Smultronstalle was in charge of the Edinburgh Gin themed cocktails for the evening. I have to admit I’m still sinking into Birmingham life, and was quickly brought up to speed with how amazing Robert’s bar is. I promise I will be booking my very own visit soon! When we arrived we had a quick run through with Robert about how he came up with the drinks to show off the flavours of Edinburgh Gin.
Our first drink was the Bells of St Clements. This drink was based on the Edinburgh Gin Seville Orange Gin, which to my sadness is no longer made. Being a fan of this gin, I really enjoyed this drink. And it really did pack a punch to get the evening going. We were also treated to come canapés as well, including this Chicken Mousse and Quince Jelly canapés.
We were ushered into the private dining room for dinner. Kicking off with our starter, Elderflower Gin Cured Salmon. This came with pickled baby beetroot, Greek yogurt and rye bread. I could’ve probably eaten much more of this, but we had many more courses to go. The subtle elderflower came through and complemented the fish perfectly.
To match this Robert had conjured the Seaside Reviver. This twist on the corpse revived number 2 was made with Edinburgh Seaside Gin (spoiler: one of my favourite ever gins!) and was a wonderful savoury affair. With peppery sumac on the side of the glass, I feel he peaked too soon and I probably could’ve just drunk these for the rest of the evening I won’t lie! Honestly one of the best ever cocktails I have experienced.
We then moved onto our main. This was a wonderful Pan Fried Plum & Vanilla Gin Marinated Venison Loin with seasonal cabbage and pomme fondant. The venison was pink and tender. The plum really worked (using fruity gin with venison reminds me of my Venison Stew Recipe). But overall this worked very well!
To match this we had the Chateau Smultronstalle, a cocktail made to mimic wine with Plum & Vanilla flavours. It worked well with the food, but for me wouldn’t be my first choice of a cocktail to drink on its own. But I think that was the point of it, so it worked really!
After a chat about Edinburgh Gin with their head distiller and a bit more from Robert we moved on to dessert. This was an incredible Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Custard. The dish had Edinburgh Ginger Liqueur & rhubarb jelly, vanilla custard and almond crumb. There was also a fruity ice cream that wasn’t mentioned on the menu!
The dessert was paired with the Royal Botanical Gardens. A nod to the Edinburgh Gin botanicals with hints of rose. It was a little sweet for me, but it did cut through the creaminess of the custard. Another wonderfully creative cocktail!
We finished off with a Cheese Board with Frozen Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Liqueur. This was a lovely idea and something I would consider serving myself!
I had a wonderful evening at Malmaison for this wonderful event. An evening where gin is at the forefront is just my thing and a wonderful gin like Edinburgh Gin stands up to this kind of event. With their versatile flavour selection they have the range to play with different food flavours. If you’re gutted you missed out after reading this, rumour has it they have plans for World Gin Day this summer. When I’ve heard more readers I’ll be sure to share with you!
Have you been to a cocktail paired dinner? Do you like Edinburgh Gin? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited by East Village PR and Edinburgh Gin to experience this wonderful dinner. As ever all opinions, photos and words are my own.
P.P.S. Birmingham Malmaison is located at The Mailbox, 1 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RD.