Rock Rose gin was one of the first very small batch distillers I was introduced too. Their incredible botanical gin has since grown in popularity. Especially with the addition of their seasonal gins. Lately I’ve been trying out their Rock Rose Summer Gin.
The Rock Rose Summer Gin plan was made last year. The distillers at Dunnet Bay wanted to make a citrus style gin using botanicals growing in the distillery gardens and with no fruit peels! What a challenge eh?! Well they did their research with their gardener and got creative. Hanna planted, harvested and dried the botanicals that have gone into the Summer Edition of Rock Rose in 2018. The botanicals include lemon balm, clover, lemon thyme, pineapple sage, meadowsweet and elderflower.
With the bottle of Rock Rose Summer Gin I was sent, I was asked to come up with a cocktail that would work with the gin. For this I decided to go with a Lime and Elderflower Collins. Given the heatwave, a refreshing cocktail is definitely what’s needed to complement the weather. But also I knew that it would complement the citrus flavours of the gin.
- 50ml Rock Rose Summer Gin
- 25ml Fresh lime juice
- 25ml Elderflower Cordial
- Soda Water
- High ball glass
- Lemon for garnish
- Juice your lime.
- Fill your high ball glass with ice.
- Pour the gin, elderflower and lime juice over it and stir with a bar spoon or stirrer (or any form of implement that can stir!)
- Top up with soda water. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
I love that Dunnet Bay Distillers carefully hand fill and wax seal every bottle. Which are all numbered and signed at the distillery. You can tell a great amount of care is taken throughout the whole process to ensure only the very best gin is made and sold!
Would you make my Lime and Elderflower Collins? Have you tried Rock Rose Gin? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was sent the Summer Rock Rose to feature, as ever I only feature things I like. I like gin, so here we are.