While we’re big fans of each of the gins from AmberChes, the orange infusion caught our attention in particular, for a number of reasons.
With our focus firmly on gins that will suit the season well, orange is a flavour that complements a lot of the warmer, wintry cocktails we would recommend right now.
Orange is also a challenging botanical to handle well. It’s a stronger flavour that can easily overpower a gin if not handled delicately. Four Pillars are one of the best know purveyors of orange as a botanical and we’re pretty impressed with how Alicia has handled it here also.
The orange is certainly a hero botanical in this gin, however it doesn’t dominate the rest of the mix. The flavour is full, rounded and delicately sweet in a natural way.
Your batch of Orange infusion gin is as locally sourced as it comes. The orchard the oranges were sourced from is about 5 minutes down the road from the distillery! We’re told that it was only around two hours from the oranges being picked in the orchard to landing in the soak being prepped for distillation.
Alicia explained that in developing the gin she wanted there to be a pleasant level of spice, along with a healthy level of juniper. You’ll hopefully know by now, this is an approach we fully support! Not enough juniper, no gin of the month.
As you smell orange infusion for the first time, you’ll get that lovely slightly sweet citrus note from the orange. It’s layered on top of the juniper, which is present from the start and rounds out the aromas.
As you taste the gin, there’s a complex mix of orange citrus, lovely slightly peppery spice and warm herbaceous juniper. The orange again provides some natural and light sweetness, which helps it slide through to the back of your palate.
You’re left with an easy finish from the spice and the faint orange lingers long after the gin is gone, delicious!
Our serve suggestion if you’re after a gin and tonic, is the Fevertree Mediteranean tonic water. Persaonlly we don’t think this needs a garnish, however if you wish to amp up the orange, you can do so with some orange peel, rsther than a wedge.
Our cocktail suggestions are best suited to the winter months and can be found below.
Red wine (merlot, zinfandel or grenache is ideal)
Orange Infusion Gin
Honey or Maple Syrup for sweetener
Heat wine gently on low heat with spice and sweetener until steaming (not boiling). Add gin to taste and heat for a few more minutes until steaming again.
Serve with orange peel garnish
Gin Old Fashioned
60ml Orange Infusion Gin
10ml maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Place large ice cube or ball in a tumbler or old fashioned glass.
Add gin, maple syrup and bitters. Stir well until ingredients are mixed and chilled.
Garnish with a twist of orange
Did you know chocolate and gin work wonders together?
Take our advice on this one, make yourself a real hot chocolate, melting down chocolate mixed with milk. Add some Orange Infusion gin to taste and enjoy!