Tanqueray has been a well know gin brand with distinct flavours crafted with perfectly balanced botanicls. To celebrate the launch of two flavours: Rangpur and malacca, Aqua spirit presents four new cocktails made with fresh, hand-picked "Homegrown" herbs, which it is a very refreshing experience for every one of us in Hong Kong.
Aqua nurtured carefully with their own high-tech in rare and unusual herbs from Italy and Japan. When the herbs are at their peak of freshness, aqua's chefs and mixologists immediately harvest them to bring out the finest botanical flavours in "six" homegrown dishes and now for new Tanqueray cocktails.
1. Evening Orchard (HK$128). Handfuls of fresh, peppery pakuchi is blended with these ingredients to balance out the sweetness. Creamy fresh pineapple and crystalised sugar further adds a fruity layer to this sumptuous cocktail which is served in a coupette glass accompanied with a leafy exterior. This sweet and smooth cocktail was designed with the Grilled wagyu sirloin & sea urchin hoba misoyaki with homegrown pakuchi (HK$628) in mind to balance rich, uni flavours and textures.
2. Moonlight Jasmine (HK$128) is playful gin twist on a white negroni inspired by Japan. Seedlip Garden provides an earthy spice which compliments the peppercorn and cloves found in Tanqueray Rangpur. Sweet Japanese umeshu plum sake is then added to create a fresh and floral concoction highlighting aromas of jasmine blossoms, lavender and rose. To finish, a freshly picked homegrown lemon balm leaf is added to slowly infuse citrus with these botanical flavours. The perfect pairing with this refreshing cocktail is the colourful vegetarian Lotus wood, avocado & fig sushi with homegrown mitsuba (HK$298).
3. Rosebud Dusk (HK$128) is a beautiful blend of botanicals featuring Tanqueray Malacca. Strong floral notes of rose, lavender and jasmine along with fruity juniper berries perfectly entwine with the bittersweet tang of homegrown oxalis. Handfuls of the freshly picked European herb is infused for twenty-four hours with Royal Botanical tonic water. This process produces subtle aromas of elderflower and grapefruit which complements the core summery taste of fresh rosebuds. Served tall with ice, this clear and light cocktail is decorated with a trail of crushed rose petals.
4. Sherbet Sundown (HK$128) is sensationally sweet, moreish and true to its name. Tanqueray Rangpur introduces hints of mandarin, ginger and lime whilst chestnut liqueur adds a smooth finish to every sip. Aqua’s master mixologists use a unique blend of agave syrup, lime juice and burnt sugar which is boiled together and then blended with fresh mitsuba leaves to create a yellow hued, zesty and candy-inspired pisco. Fresh pineapple juice and egg white is then shaken to create a layer of cream which is topped with a smoked miniature meringue and peppery mitsuba leaf, served in a coupette.