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Gin-tastic Jensen’s – making it dry in Bermondsey

Bermondsey Dry gin

Bermondsey Dry Gin

Have you ever wondered who is Tom Collins and what is London Dry? As the sun begins to set I do like a classic G n T with a slice of lime. I recently discovered one of my favourites made in Bermondsey, an area of London buzzing with restaurants, cafes, craft brewers, coffee roasters and lively weekend markets. I enjoyed finding out about the resurgence of  my favourite tipple and its historical connections with London. I met Hannah &  Anne at Jensen’s distillery housed in a railway arch  just beyond Maltby Street Ropewalk, in 55 Stanworth Street SE1.

Where the magic happens- Hannah, Anne and the still

Where the magic happens- Hannah, Anne and the still

Hannah gave me a little taste of their classic 20th century recipe Bermondsey Dry gin, created by  Anna, the distiller who doesn’t have an “ology” but a DPhil in Organic Chemistry from Oxford! This gin has an  amazing taste profile – very balanced and not too strongly juniper. I then tried  their Old Tom  recreated from an 1840’s recipe but unique as it is unsweetened (Old Tom gins usually have sugar added). Hannah told me that Old Tom’s were used in cocktail making  in the 19th century. The Tom Collins cocktail recipe first appeared in 1876 in Jerry Thomas’ Bar-tender’s Guide in the USA where it became very fashionable especially in New York. However there are several stories about who Tom Collins really was, no one knows for sure. Enough history how did it taste?

Mine's an Old Tom Gin n Tonic

Mine’s an Old Tom Gin n Tonic

Probably one of the best gin and tonics I have ever drunk and the sprig of rosemary was a revelation. Not surprising as Hannah is a talented brand ambassador, drinks writer & has bar-tendered and managed  some of London’s trendiest bars. After my interview she was off to New York to visit some customers and then onto New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail Trade Expo. Jensen’s can be purchased on line in the UK & USA, check their website for details. Hannah & Anne have also created some amazing infused gins too including limoncello, redcurrant, chai spice and red snapper which I am using for my Bloody Mary Cocktail.

Gin Infusions galore

Gin Infusions galore

Bloody Mary  Cocktail:

  • 120ml (4 fl oz) Chilled fresh tomato juice
  • 60 ml (2 fl oz) Jensen’s Red Snapper Gin ( infused with rosemary, horseradish, shiitake mushroom)
  • Worcestershire sauce ( a few drops)
  • Tabasco ( 2 drops)
  • Ice
  • Fresh rosemary sprig to garnish

Shake all the ingredients (except rosemary) with ice and strain into a tall glass garnish with rosemary. Not Chin Chin but Gin Gin!


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