How to Drink Rainforest Gin

How to Drink Rainforest Gin
March 21, 2022 Gin Lane

While some gins come together fairly easily, our conversations with distillers show that great gins like the Rainforest Gin, take more than a little work.

In fact this one took around 38 distillations to get right. With the experimentation Mark wanted to do on both botanicals and the distillation processes, this isn’t’ entirely surprising. If we’re to simplify a fascinating part of our conversation with Mark on his distillation process, it might go something like this:

Some distillers use a ‘one shot’ distillation method, others might use vapour infusion methods, while still others might combine the two. Nothing new so far, right? Well now imagine that you’re using the combination method, but then adding or removing botanicals part way through the run to get the most out of them.

It’s complex, yet stands to reason that when you get it right you’ll be able to produce a product just the way you want it. In the case of Rainforest gin it’s the ability to bring together a variety of locally sourced botanicals, combined with a healthy dose of juniper in a fresh, complex and delicious gin.

The key botanicals in the Rainforest gin include Angelica, grapefruit, lemon myrtle, lemon aspen, mango, green cardamon, vanilla and black pepper.

Smell this gin and it’s everything we love about gin. Bucketloads of fragrant juniper rounded out with fresh citrus. Lemon myrtle and lemon aspen are present, but delicately handled and support the profile rather than dominating it.

To taste you’ll find those tropical flavours of citrus and mango (very understated) with just a hint of vanilla sweetness underneath. The finish is tropical fruit salad, a blend of those delicious botanicals complemented by lingering pepper spice.

Our drink suggestions are very much in keeping with the tropical theme of this gin. Your classic g&t should use a great dry tonic and be garnished with a kaffir lime leaf.

Our cocktail suggestion is a levelled up version of your g&t, Devils Thumb’s Daintree G&T. If the classics are your go to however, there’s more than enough dryness in this gin to make a superb, easy drinking martini.

However you drink it, enjoy!

Daintree G&T

50ml Rainforest Gin
30ml cucumber syrup
10ml lime juice
Kaffir lime leaves
Top with dry tonic

Cucumber Syrup

250ml sugar
250ml water
250ml cucumber

Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally until mixture becomes slightly syrupy.

Remove from heat and stir in cucumber.  Cover and set aside to steep for 30 minutes.

Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and pour syrup over to strain out solids.

Use the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible.

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