Hendrick’s Gin has announced the release of Midsummer Solstice, a small batch, limited-edition gin by the woman who first created Hendrick’s — Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie. The unconventional release features a careful arrangement of floral essences chosen to enhance and accentuate the existing elements of the Hendrick’s original house style, including the gin’s signature essences of rose and cucumber. Midsummer Solstice marks the first gin released from Lesley’s “Cabinet of Curiosities” within the newly unveiled Hendrick’s Gin Palace in Girvan, Scotland.
Midsummer Solstice was inspired by the actual Summer Solstice, at which time the Earth is tilted maximally toward the sun, impelling all the flora of the hemisphere to attain its peak aromatic prowess. Indeed, a sniff and a sip of Midsummer Solstice delivers the fragrant delight of a midsummer day.
The aromatic notes of the gin include zesty juniper along with hidden undertones of orange blossom and exotic ripeness. This bright take on the rounded Hendrick’s house style complements the gin’s floral character for a liquid that’s splendid in all manner of spring and summer cocktails, from a seasonal Midsummer Spritz with elderflower liqueur, soda, lemon, and a cucumber garnish, to a Midsummer Mimosa or a Salty Dog, bursting with floral and grapefruit flavors. The signature Hendrick’s apothecary style bottle remains with the new Midsummer expression, but has received a purple-hued makeover, from the glass of the bottle itself to the label and logo.
What exactly is the “Cabinet of Curiosities” from which Midsummer Solstice was plucked? It is, in fact, an actual locked cabinet in Lesley’s experimental gin laboratory, wherein she keeps her most prized liquid investigations. Many of which now stem from two Victorian-style hothouses where the horticulturally-minded Master Distiller experiments with botanicals from the ground up; one hothouse maintains tropical conditions, while the other maintains a Mediterranean climate.
“I have always been enamored by the power of nature’s flavors and aromas at the peak of summer and for this new expression I’ve hand-selected each floral essence to capture this intensity,” says Lesley Gracie. “Midsummer Solstice represents years of experimentation joining an exciting line of innovations from Hendrick’s, and I’m thrilled to not only create new liquid at the Gin Palace, but also share them with curious tasters and gin explorers all over the world.”
“Hendrick’s is no stranger to the power of florals, thanks to the infusion of rose and cucumber in our original house style gin,” said Hendrick’s national US brand ambassador Sebastien Derbomez. “But the creation of Midsummer Solstice offers an exemplary amount of opportunity for new efflorescent cocktails. I am personally excited for the Hendrick’s Midsummer SuperBloom Punch, a bright, blossoming, and botanic punch which is easy to make at home and perfect for responsible midday consumption.”
Midsummer Solstice is the latest new bastion of exploration from Hendrick’s Gin. Over the past two decades, Lesley has amassed a formidable and fanciful array of unusual botanicals, distillates and experimental liquids. Midsummer Solstice is the first of a series of new and unusual gins which will all be batched in limited availability. Keep your senses keen for more unusual innovation as Lesley continues to explore curious recipes.
Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice will be offered for a limited time in 2019, available in most high-end spirits retailers.