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Nominated for Tales of the Cocktail 2008 Spirit Award for Best Cocktail Writing


Litchfield Distillery Gin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Litchfield Distillery Gin
Gin is one of the most diverse and aromatic of spirits due to the botanicals used, and if you think that all gins are the same, you might want to try them again. Litchfield Distillery Gin made in Litchfield, Connecticut proves that the "nutmeg" state knows a thing or two about creating handcrafted artisanal spirits. While their special blend of botanicals is proprietary, we can tell you that after sampling their gin, it is absolutely delicious.

 

 

Litchfield Distillery GinProduct Information: Litchfield Distillery Gin is distilled from grain married with their proprietary blend of botanicals. It is 43% alcohol by volume (86 proof), and each bottle proudly bears its handwritten bottle and batch numbers on the front of the bottle. Our hand signed bottle was number 78, Batch 24. Litchfield Distillery Gin retails for $34.95 for a 750 ml bottle. Litchfield Distillery Gin is presented in a beautifully designed tall bottle with a blue label proudly bearing their logo of a batcher rolling a barrel and a blue wax covered stopper. 

Bottle notes: "One day we looked around at our beautiful rolling hills and said, "Boy, wish we could bottle this."  So we did. We take the best our local farmers have to offer and craft fine spirits, one batch at a time. They do the growing. We do the batching. And you get a share in this luscious little section of Connecticut called Litchfield County." 

Tasting Notes: The color is crystal clear. On the nose there are rich aromatics with juniper berries and citrus notes, as well as hints of sweetness and anise. On the palate, the flavors deliver a smooth and elegant finish. 

An interesting fact about gin is that it starts out as a vodka, to which botanicals including juniper are added. Gins can vary greatly from brand to brand, due to the botanicals used, and the amount used. The award-winning Litchfield Distillery Gin has a blend of proprietary botanicals including juniper to create an ultra-premium product that is delectably smooth with citrus notes and a slight sweetness. It is fabulous to enjoy neat, over ice, in cocktails as well as culinary recipes. Litchfield Distillery's motto is "The Spirit of Hard Work" which they clearly deliver in the taste of their exceptional products. Cheers!  

Luxury Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating some incredibly special handcrafted cocktail and culinary recipes to tempt your palate and inspire your own creations using Litchfield Distillery Gin. 

Luxury Experience - Litchfield Distillery Gin Cocktail and Culinary Menu 

The Cocktail Menu
 

Luxury Experience - Passion on the Rocks
Luxury Experience - Gin-Ger Rogers
Luxury Experience - North Star 

The Culinary Menu

Luxury Experience - Gin & Tonic Cheesecake

Cocktail Recipes

Luxury Experience - Passion on the Rocks - Litchfield Distillery Gin - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Passion on the Rocks is a playful reference to the passionfruit juice used in the cocktail that combines ever so well with the Litchfield Distillery Gin, Chartreuse, and fresh lemon juice. We used Chartreuse as it is also made from herbs, which complements the herbs and botanicals used in the Litchfield Distillery Gin. 

Luxury Experience - Passion on the Rocks

Yield: 1 cocktail
Glass Used: Rocks Glass  

Cocktail Ingredients: 

1.25

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Gin

0.25

Ounce

Chartreuse (Yellow)

1.75

Ounces

Goya Passionfruit Juice

0.25

Ounce

Fresh Lemon Juice

 

 

Lemon Twist, garnish

Method:  Mix all ingredients in a mixing glass. Pour into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a wide lemon peel twist.  

We love movies from the 1930s and Luxury Experience - Gin-Ger Rogers was named for the talented triple threat (singer, dancer, actress) Ginger Rogers. This elegant beauty combines Litchfield Distillery Gin, homemade ginger simple syrup, and Poland Springs White Peach Ginger Sparkling Water. Garnish with a candied slice of fresh ginger. 

Luxury Experience - Gin-Ger Rogers - Litchfield Distillery Gin - photo by Luxury Experience

 

Luxury Experience - Gin-Ger Rogers
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Martini Glass  

Cocktail Ingredients: 

2

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Gin

0.5

Ounce

Ginger Simple Syrup (see recipe below)

1.5

Ounces

Poland Springs White Peach Ginger Sparkling Water

 

 

Candied Ginger Slice, garnish

 

Method for the Ginger Simple Syrup: Add one-half cup of water and one-half cup of sugar to a saucepan. Slice ginger into long slices. Add to saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid is clear. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove ginger slices to a plate to use as garnishes. Refrigerate ginger simple syrup in a covered glass jar until ready to use. 

Method for the cocktail: Chill a Martini Glass. Add all ingredients, except for the garnish to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir to chill. Strain into the Martini Glass. Garnish with candied ginger slice. 

The North Star is the brightest star in the Ursa Minor constellation and mariners know it as a guiding star. We named this cocktail, Luxury Experience - North Star as a reference to Litchfield Distillery's location in the north western part of Connecticut and also as a nod to its award-winning star status. 

Luxury Experience - North Star - Litchfield Distillery Gin - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - North Star

Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Martini Glass  

Ingredients: 

1.50

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Gin

0.50

Ounce

Fonseca Bin No. 27 Fine Reserve Porto

2

Ounces

Coconut Water without pulp

 

 

Carambola Star, garnish

Method: For a classic look, chill a Martini glass and set aside. Add all ingredients except garnish to a shaker glass, add 4 ice cubes and shake to chill the cocktail. Strain into the chilled Martini glass. Garnish with the carambola star.  

For a fun look for outdoor parties or beach or boat portability, mix the cocktail and strain into a miniature mason jar, add the carambola star garnish, and secure the top to the jar. Refrigerate or place in a cooler until ready to serve!

 

VIDEO

Debra C. Argen talks about how to make the North Star cocktail: https://youtu.be/zPN0Yp5tq5I  

Culinary Recipe

Luxury Experience - Gin & Tonic Cheesecake - Litchfield Distillery Gin - photo by Luxury Experience

We created Luxury Experience -Gin & Tonic Cheesecake so could you drink your G & T and eat it, too! Lime zest, tonic water, and Litchfield Distillery Gin in the cheesecake make it ever so delectable, and the suspended G & T and lime top works its magic to create the illusion of a cocktail. 

Luxury Experience - Gin & Tonic Cheesecake

Serves 6
Pans Needed: (2) 7-inch (17.7 -cm) springform pans, line one with parchment pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C)  

Note: Before you start making the cheesecake, place a marble slab or metal cookie sheet in the freezer. You will use this to create the Suspended Lime Top. 

Crust Ingredients: 

0.75

Cup

Vanilla Wafers, finely ground

3

Tablespoons

Butter


Method
: Grind the wafers in a food processor until finely ground; add butter and process until blended and crumbly. Spoon the crumb mixture into the bottom of the springform pan. Pat evenly and lightly.
 

Set aside. 

Cheesecake Ingredients: 

8

Ounces

Cream Cheese, (227 grams)

1

Large

Egg

0.25

Cup

Sugar

1

Large

Lime, zested

1

Teaspoon

Lime Juice

1

Teaspoon

Tonic Water

1

Teaspoon

Litchfield Distillery Gin

Method: Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. Pour batter over crumb mixture. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until tester inserted in center of cheesecake comes out clean. Set aside and let cool for 30 minutes. 

Luxury Experience - Debra C. Argen and Gin & Tonic Cheesecake - Litchfield Distillery Gin - photo by Luxury Experience
Debra C. Argen, Litchfield Distillery Gin
Gin & Tonic Cheesecake

Suspended Lime Top Ingredients:

 

1

Large

Lime, cut into 6-slices

0.75

Ounce

Lime Juice

2

Ounces

Tonic Water

2

Ounces

Litchfield Distillery Gin

4

Tablespoons

Sugar

1

Teaspoon

Agar Agar Powder (See note below)

Method to Prepare Limes: In a saucepan, add 3 tablespoons sugar, 3 tablespoons water and bring to a boil. Add sliced limes, gently flip slices in the glaze. Remove slices from pan and set aside. 

Method for the Suspended Lime Top: Remove the marble slab or metal baking sheet from the freezer. Top with parchment paper, remove the bottom from the second springform pan and flip pan top side down on the parchment. 

Note: Agar Agar Powder is a vegetable gelatin substitute made from red algae with high gelling properties.  Unlike gelatin which must be dissolved in cold water, Agar Agar must be dissolved in hot liquid. It quickly sets on a cold surface like marble. 

In a saucepan, add the lime juice, tonic water, Litchfield Distillery Gin, 4 tablespoons sugar, and agar. Bring to a boil, add the limes, and boil for 1 minute. 

Carefully pour the hot liquid inside the springform pan on the marble slab. Position the limes in the liquid. The agar will start firming up immediately. Once firm, remove the springform pan and you will have the suspended lime topping. Carefully remove from the parchment and place on top of the cake. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cheers! 

We hope that you enjoy trying Luxury Experience's cocktail and culinary recipes, and that they inspire you to create your own recipes. Cheers! 

Background Information on "The Batchers of Litchfield Distillery" - David, Jack, and Peter Baker 

Litchfield Distillery - David, Jack, Peter  Batchers
David, Jack, Peter

The Bakers - David, Jack, and Peter, grew up in Connecticut in the water bottling business, bringing Crystal Rock water to discerning consumers for three generations. With their dedicated family-business focus they launched Litchfield Distillery in the heart of the northwest of Connecticut's beautiful farm country, where they craft their exceptional line of bourbons, vodka, and gin in small batches from the best of locally sourced ingredients from the area's farms. Litchfield Distillery - The Spirit of Hard Work.

Litchfield Distillery Exceptional Product Line includes: Bourbons, Rye, Vodkas, and Gin. 

Read about other Litchfield Distillery products with more great Luxury Experience's Culinary and Cocktail Recipes in the Liquor Cabinet section. 

For more information on Litchfield Distillery Gin, purchasing their products, or visiting them in Litchfield, Connecticut, please call them at +1-860-361-6503 or visit their website: www.LitchfieldDistillery.com 

Litchfield Distillery - Litchfield, CT, USA

Litchfield Distillery
569 Bantam Road
Litchfield, Connecticut 06759
United States
Telephone: +1-860-361-6503
Website: www.LitchfieldDistillery.com
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