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06th February 2015

Exploring the various Whitley Neill garnishes

What is the secret formula to constructing the perfect Whitley Neill Gin and Tonic that oozes flavour and distinguished taste? Or any other cocktail involving the Africa-inspired gin, for that matter?

From the African Sundowner’s mint and grapefruit garnish to the White Lady’s edible flowers, there are a number of varying accompaniments to our signature serves.

Take the classic ‘G&T’. Pour two shots of Whitley Neill Gin into a rocks or highball glass filled with cubed ice, and top with tonic water – we’d recommend Fever-Tree.

You don’t have to be a high-end bartender, accomplished mixologist or cocktail fanatic to cherish the flavour of a well-constructed cocktail creation.

However, a carefully chosen garnish can effortlessly supplement your concoction, giving it additional flavour and extra sharpness.

For a cocktail with a Whitley Neill base, we’d endorse cape gooseberries – also known as physalis – or pink or red grapefruit, with orange as an alternative option.

Out of the nine key botanicals used in Whitley Neill’s production, the gin’s founder and creator Johnny Neill says the cape gooseberry adds a golden hue to the gin, imparting a sharp, pleasantly appetising citrus flavour.

Sourced from many locations in the African tropics, these berries are juicy and bittersweet. Such is the importance of the fruit to the gin, it can also star in varying ways. The cape gooseberry features three times in Whitley Neill’s Cape 75 signature cocktail, as a botanical, mixer and garnish.

Pink and red grapefruits can be bought and sliced into garnishes for any cocktail and any occasion. Whether a slice, wedge, half-moon or zest, the grapefruit garnish, one of the most popular garnishes available, can add flavour to your Whitley Neill cocktail.

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