Adare Manor Garden Gin: Fig Edition

Two premium Irish brands have come together to produce one of the best new Irish gins that we have tasted in a long time – the Adare Manor Garden Gin.

When you see Midleton Distillery and Adare Manor on the label, you know you’re in for a treat.

This elegant new Irish gin is the fig edition and is a unique, small-batch gin limited to only 2,000 bottles.

Fig was chosen as the main feature – not only because there is an abundance of figs growing in Adare Manor’s gardens – but an array of 17 other botanicals complement it. The result is a gin with lovely depth and a richness that is hard to find. You get a lovely pop of citrus zest and fruity notes of fresh plums but the garden is reflected in the earthy woodland tones. There is a touch of spice but this is balanced by the smooth creaminess of the fig. Then take a moment to savour the finish that is clean and long.

Last week, our cover feature profiled three young professionals working in Irish Distillers. They all talked about working on the micro distillery which was established in 2016 to allow for innovation and experimentation with new products. This gin is one of those impressive results.

This is the first collaboration between Midleton Distillery and Adare Manor but we hope to look forward to more creations.

This limited bespoke bottle is exclusively available from Adare Manor or for €95.

Lady Caroline

For the rhubarb cordial:

450g rhubarb, chopped

300g sugar

300ml water

For the cocktail:

40ml Adare Manor Garden Gin

25ml lemon juice

30ml rhubarb cordial

25ml egg whites

  • 1 First prepare your rhubarb cordial. This can be made in advance and is a great flavour to add to lots of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • 2 Put the sugar in a saucepan with the water. Add the rhubarb.
  • 3 Cook over a medium heat until the rhubarb is falling apart.
  • 4 Pour the mixture through a sieve lined with muslin into a clean heatproof jug, then transfer to sterilised bottles. Keep in the fridge for up to a month.
  • 5 When you’re ready to prepare your cocktail, add the gin, raspberries, lemon juice, rhubarb cordial and egg whites to a shaker. Shake without ice for 10 seconds.
  • 6 Fill with ice and shake hard until well chilled.
  • 7 Strain into a chilled champagne coupe glass or martini glass.
  • 8 Finish with raspberries and mint.
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