Introducing Fentimans new mixer range! To celebrate, I was invited along to the launch held at London Fields brewery – amazing place if you’ve not been!
Firstly we were greeted with a wide array of different base gins to mix with the brand new Fentimans Herbal Tonic 1905 – my kind of party! Already being an avid Hendricks and Martin Millers fan, I decided to try the Pinkster gin. A very good choice as the juniper was mild and pleasantly citrusy, with a slight lemongrass and lime hint from the tonic water – light, clean and refreshing.
Kieron Hall was up first with an introduction to the beginning of Fentimans. By day, he is a bartender from Liverpool and had been drafted in to create four of eight cocktails created with the new mixer range.
Each product can be truly unique thanks to the innovative botanical brewing process. There’s nothing quite like the Herbal Tonic water on the market; nor have I personally tried anything like the Fentimans Rose Lemonade. Everyday the whole Fentimans factory is awash with unique and amorous smells – they’ve even got their own flavour expert, Colin Dunn on hand to guide the developing process. Every new flavour is mixed on site in the homegrown laboratory and the team are constantly moving onwards and upwards. Whilst their roots are small and homely, this company has big ideas and currently distribute over 1.75m bottles worldwide.
To my detriment all eight cocktails had been expertly created by Kieron and Allan Beaton for us all to try. Both previous Mixologist of the Year winners!
My favourite Fentimans mixer of the evening had to be the Rose Lemonade. A stunner, thanks to the effervescent bubbles, subtle yet fragrant floral essence and decadent citrus zing! The rose oil is sourced from a small company in Bulgaria – it takes 4,000 tonnes of rose petals to make a kilo of rose oil; that’s 92,000 petals. If that’s too much to manage – 19 rose petals go into every bottle.
You can also buy premixed cans of Fentimans products in your local Waitrose or online at Ocado but if you fancy getting your hands dirty, here are my two favourite Fentimans cocktail recipes from the evening.