Ableforth's Summer Fruit Cup 50cl
What would summer taste if it was bottled? This is Ableforth's attempt at answering that exact question!
Ableforth's Summer Fruit Cup
Since their founding in 2011, Ableforth's have been making drinks that the founders (three friends) would enjoy themselves. They took inspiration from the past, looking at drinks which had robust, fresh - yet unusual flavours. In fact, they just wanted to ensure a "range of really bloody tasty spirits'.
For their Summer Fruit Cup they wanted to "bottle summer". By this they meant creating a delicious drink which captures not just the flavours, but the feeling that a warm sunny day brings.
To do this they macerate fresh strawberries, cucumber, orange and mint before vacuum distilling to extract the maximum amount of flavour. This distillate is then blended with their award winning Bathtub Gin as well as a mix of sweet Italian Vermouths, and a triple sec liqueur. They then add a blend of herbs and spices to ensure the perfect balance.
The result gives a deep and complex nose which is full of spice, fruit and even a hint of cocoa. As the aroma develops the signature botanicals (cucumber, strawberry and orange) all come through.
The taste is deliciously intense, but not at all over-powering. All the botanicals are given their time to shine, but it's the strawberry and a hit of refreshing fresh mint which really please the mouth. It finishes long and especially smooth with the mint, orange, cucumber and strawberries all lingering on the palate.
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This works best when mixed with either a sparkling lemonade or sparkling / soda water. Mix 50ml of the Summer Fruit Cup with 100ml of your chosen mixer over plenty of ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a sliced strawberry.