Momma Gin at Malmaison
Gin seems to be the spirit-of-the-moment for many so when we popped in to see our friends at Malmaison Birmingham, one of this year’s BCW venues, we thought it was a great opportunity to try what’s on offer. Whilst learning all about the history of “Mother’s Ruin”, we started thinking ahead to Mother’s Day (which is this weekend in case you’d forgotten).
Julia, one of our favourite bar staff at Mal, was telling us all about the gins available from their fully-stocked bar and the best ingredients to complement the botanicals. We decided to put her knowledge to good use and asked her to mix up the perfect Mothering Sunday cocktail. What better way to show your mum you love her than treating her to an afternoon in the stylish surroundings of Malmaison with a few cocktails in hand?
As the base of the cocktail, Julia selected Beefeater London Dry Gin, a popular brand with over 150 years’ history. Distilled in the traditional ‘London Dry’ style, Beefeater still carries its original recipe, created by James Burrough back in the 1800s. That’s a whole lot of history!
Beefeater London Dry has a bold juniper character that works perfectly with elderflower so Julia added some Chase Elderflower Liquor to the mixing glass. We were already sold and then came the Strawberry & Rhubarb Cordial to add an extra fruity hit. To bring out the gin’s natural citrus taste, some lemon juice was added, before being topped off with Mal’s signature Strawberry Puree Champagne.
Out came the Boston Shaker (our favourite part of the cocktail-making process… apart from the drinking, of course), before Julia poured it into a Gatsby-inspired champagne saucer. An edible flower was added for garnish and Mal’s “Momma Gin” was complete.
If you’re heading out for Mother’s Day, pop in to Mal and try this beautiful cocktail for yourself, priced at £8.50. Don’t forget to drink responsibly though… we don’t want gin being your ruin!
Mal’s Momma Gin Recipe
25ml Beefeater Gin
25ml Chase Elderflower Liquor
12.5ml Strawberry & Rhubarb Cordial
12.5ml Lemon Juice
12.5ml Strawberry Puree Champagne
PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY