1.5 oz. Gin (No. 209)
.5 oz. Lemon juice
Dash Peychaud's bitters
Top with Fentiman's Dandelion and Burdock Soda
Shake all ingredients less soda over ice. Strain into old fashioned glass with fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with lemon slice.
This drink was somewhat reminiscent of a Pimms Cup less the physical fruit. This is largely due to fruitiness of Fentiman's Dandelion and Burdock soda, which could serve as an interesting substitute for plain soda in a Pimms Cup. We've got a long wait in Portland until it's Pimm's season, but will mentally note the potential.
Dandelion and Burdock has been a traditional British soft drink since around 1265. This cocktail gets it's name from St. Thomas Aquinas, who when walking in the countryside "trusting God to provide", concocted a beverage with the first plants he encountered, which aided his concentration for formulating his theological arguments for Summa Theologica. The flavor of the soda is probably something that you will really like or really dislike with few opinions in between. The drink is particularly popular in the United Kingdom where a slew of imitators using artificial flavors have poorly attempted recreation, while Fentiman's is the only beverage maker offering an accurate recreation of the classic beverage, complete with natural fermentation.
The cocktails nose is citrus and wintergreen. No. 209 gin is a remarkably smooth gin and an a joy to mix with as the botanicals are prominant without dominance. It is a must-have for any gin lovers collection. Juniper and wintergreen follow on the swallow making for an interesting and refreshing flavor combination. The addition of Peychaud's is to further bring out the aniseed flavors from the Fentimans soda. Have any of your ideas about using Dandelion and Burdock in cocktails? Please share in the comments!