Killara Distillery’s Apothecary gin reeks of tradition. Kristy has created a traditional, juniper forward gin, reminiscent of a London Dry. It offers deep pine notes and a natural sweetness that remains on the palette. This authenticity translates to the bottle also, which looks like something a old time doctor with a massive moustache would recommend to you in order to cure the Lurgy.
Whatever that is.
So, in order to enjoy this most traditional of gins, we decided to head back to 1920’s Florence – figuratively – where the most traditional of Gin cocktails was invented; the Negroni.
1. Take 60ml of Apothecary gin, and to put yourself in the right frame of mind, look at yourself in the mirror and diagnose yourself with some kind of strange illness that doesn’t really exist. Nod thoughtfully, and recommend a Negroni.
2. Find an old-fashioned beaker (or a cocktail shaker is fine) and combine the Gin with 25 ml of Campari and 25 ml of sweet vermouth.
3. Talk briefly about the health benefits of cigarettes and how European politics seems a ‘bit off.’
4. Add minimal ice and stir until chilled, alternatively leave in the freezer for around 30 minutes. Not serving the cocktail with ice will make for a smoother, tastier Negroni.
5. Strain into old fashioned glass, garnish with a badly cut orange twist (leave some pulp on the back) and wander outside to check the cobbled streets for trouble makers.