Tea and gin pair well together. Here’s how

Published September 30, 2020, 9:51 PM

by Jayvee Fernandez

Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin is potpourri liquid

I just learned how to make an exceptional gin-based cocktail and I want to share it with you. A few days ago I got to join an online tasting session with Hendrick’s Gin regional brand ambassador Charmaine Thio

I’ve been a fan of the cucumber-forward Hendrick’s, but the evening turned floral with the local release of the Midsummer Solstice limited run bottle. It’s quite the opposite tangent from the usual savory Hendrick’s with this one being a bouquet of flowers you could drink. It smells strong of potpourri and really reminds me of the ’80s when I used to do these homemade science experiments with ternate flower petals and lemon juice.

Hendrick’s traditionally goes well as a gin and tonic with a slice of cucumber and perhaps a dash of cucumber bitters to bring out that savory veggie flavor. Charmaine showed us how to maximize the flavor profile of the Mindsummer Solstice by steeping chamomile tea and mixing it with equal parts sugar to create a chamomile-infused simple syrup. You can add about 15ml to 30ml of that with some freshly squeezed lemon juice and 30ml of gin and voila,  you have a refreshing summer drink that would normally cost you above P500 in Poblacion.

The Midsummer Solstice is available for a limited run in all SnR branches.