Hendrick's gin is one of the most recognizable gins in the world and it is simple to see why. It has high standards for itself and Hendricks knows that it has a corky style and it owns it.
Have you ever had a Hendrick's martini and do you realize that gin is what a martini is supposed to be… if not you should take the time to enjoy one or two with a lemon peel and don’t forget the vermouth. Hendrick's gin does a magical thing by simply being a bridge for vodka drinkers to enjoy a gin hence have a martini. It is softer than most gins and yet has enough flavor to appease any gin drinker.
The Aroma is the first touch of Hendrick's it gives you a softer side of gin and that is just a treat the second it hits your nose. It is one of complete confusion and familiarity, I know that is confusing. It is however true there is enough spice and juniper to say I am a gin however, there is also a sweetness in the aroma possibly from the elderflower or cucumber. Bottom line is there is a great nose on this gin giving you the seduction that you would want from any great spirit.
The taste is lite and appealing this is something that Steven Grasse does all the time and Hendrick's gin is a great representation of what he does. When it hits your tongue you ask is this a gin? Then Hendricks says yes sir I am a gin and I am in a delightful balance. Once again the softness of the gin is a remarkable moment of surprise and enjoyment.
The real reason to enjoy a gin; are classic cocktail the way they were designed. I mean a Martini, Tom Collins and even a Gimlet were all originally gin cocktails. Gin’s spice and herbal taste is something that plays so well with other spirits giving them life. Adding an exclamation point to certain flavors when it is done right. You can’t throw a shot of vodka in with Campari and sweet vermouth and make a cocktail i.e. Negroni but gin makes it work soften the Campari and heightening the sweet vermouth. Hendrick's gin is especial great for cocktails whether it is as classic or craft cocktail it is a gin to be recognized.
Then you realize that Hendrick's gin has an awesome look to it the onyx colored bottle with the contrast of the label. Then the barrel design of the bottle just gives you a good feel in your hand. The empty bottle is the right weight, size and comfort. It is hard to find anything that is wrong with the Hendrick’s bottle.
At the end of the day, Hendricks gin is a great representation of what a gin should be. While it fights tradition. It does it in a way that is simply amazing. Still when it comes to rating fighting tradition does hurt you in the realm of unbiased scoring. That is something that always happens when looking at some of new innovated spirits. Thankfully while Hendrick's is a 5 out of 5 in my heart but it was still good enough of a gin to score a 4 out 5. This is one of my favorite spirits especially when making a gin cocktail!
4 out 5
1 ½ oz. (Hendricks gin
¾ oz. St. Germain
½ oz. Cranberry Juice
¼ oz. Lime Juice
Garnish with an Orange peel
In a Boston glass filled with ice add the Hendricks gin, the St. Germain, fresh lime juice shake in a tin and then strain out it in a cocktail glass. Finish with a lime twist after squeezing the lime zest into the cocktail.
1 oz. Hendricks gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
Garnish Orange peel with spritz
In a Boston glass fill with ice and add Hendricks gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. Stir the three ingredients for about 30 seconds then strain into either a rocks or up cocktail glass. Spritz an orange peel you can also burn the orange spritz with a flame over the cocktail then place the orange peel the rim of the glass