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Have you ever wanted to sponsor an episode of the Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure but you had no idea how? Well, just do what what Gent Jason’s uncle did, and donate a bottle of your favourite liquor and see what they do with it! It’s just that easy.
Turns out that Uncle Jack recently visited the multi award winning Sheringham distillery on beautiful Vancouver Island, and brought back a bottle of their Seaside Gin. What makes it especially “seaside” you ask? Kelp! Here’s what their website says about it.
Citrus, floral and notes of the sea make our Gin as refreshing as a seaside stroll.
Elegant for sipping and noble in your favourite cocktail…clean as the South Island surf.
Made from B.C. white wheat, B.C. malted barley, natural botanicals and sustainable hand-harvested local winged kelp (Alaria marginata).
WORLD GIN AWARDS WORLD’s BEST CONTEMPORARY GIN 2019
CASC GOLD MEDAL 2018
ALBERTA BEVERAGE AWARDS JUDGES SELECTION 2018
TASTE BC GOLD MEDAL 2018
SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION 2017 SILVER MEDAL
B.C. DISTILLED 2017 2ND PLACE GIN AUDIENCE FAVOURITES
B.C. DISTILLED 2016 2ND PLACE GIN AUDIENCE FAVOURITES
VISC WINNER 2016 GIN CATEGORY
Obviously, the Gents couldn’t wait to taste it, and they chose a recipe from the Sheringham website to try it out.
TAJ MAHAL SUNSET
By Terence Fitzgerald / Spirits Consultant / Maple Bay, B.C.
2 oz. Sheringham Seaside Gin
¼ tsp Turmeric
¼ - ½ of a Lime
2 oz. Ginger Beer
⅛" thick Lime Slice
Combine gin, ginger beer and turmeric into a shaker and give a good shake. Juice the lime into the shaker, add ice and shake again, making sure all turmeric has dissolved. Strain into a lowball glass and garnish with lime slice.
The only thing the Gents would do differently in this tasty recipe would be to stir the ginger beer in afterwards because when they shook it, the ginger beer fizzed up and shot turmeric tinted liquid out of the sides of the shaker! To be fair, the Gents had doubled the recipe for sharing purposes so it’s possible that for a single serving, it would shake up just fine. Give it a whirl and let the Gents know. Please send all of your dry cleaning bills to “Terence Fitzgerald / Spirits Consultant / Maple Bay, B.C.”
After that, it was time to try gin based tropical drink from the BC Liquor store.
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce hibiscus syrup (the Gents used hibiscus grenadine)
1/2 ounce org eat or almond syrup
1 ounce lime juice
2 drops orange flower water
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a tropical flower if desired.
That’s a sweet summer sipper right there! Make these for your patio guests and the only thing they’ll be saying besides “thank you” is “is there anymore?”
That’s two more great drinks this time around. If you’re in the greater Victoria area make sure you head over to the Sheringham distillery for a visit! Tell them “The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure” sent you. They’ll have no idea what you’re talking about! Big fun all around!
Also, I’d you want to sponsor an episode, do what Jack did and send along a bottle. It’s just that easy!
Two exciting drinks this week! One with Aquavit and one with Akavit. The Gents know they're the same thing but it makes it more exciting.
How about trying a a drink that makes you think of the Northern Lights? Not because of it's dancing spiraling colours, but because it's literally called the Northern Lights!
3/4 ounce aquavit
3/4 ounce Canadian whisky
1 tsp grenadine
1 dash Angostura bitters
soda water for topping up
lemon wedge and orange slice for garnish
Shake all the ingredients, except the soda water, together with ice, and strain into an ice filled glass. Add the fruit garnish to the glass and top with soda.
There's a refreshing little sip.
But what if your bottle doesn't say "aquavit" on it? What if it says "akavit"? Then try this next one.
1 ounce akavit
2 tsp grapefruit juice
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp sugar syrup
2 dashes grenadine
1/2 slice orange to garnish
Shake all the ingredients together with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Perch the slice of orange on the rim of the glass.
Wow! Remember when you thought that first drink was a refreshing little sip? Now what do you do? Try them both again and leave a comment below.
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Welcome to another episode of the Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure. For your listening and drinking pleasure, this time out the Gents try an old classic and a not so old classic.
First up is one from the 1930's and found in the old Waldorf Astoria cocktail book.
The Hop Toad
1 1/2 oz aged Rum
1/2 oz Apricot liqueur
1/2 oz fresh Lime Juice
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
If you liked the Hop Toad, the Gents think you will also like this one. Is it old? Who knows. It sure is tasty though!
1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz Calvados
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry
Please try them both and leave a comment as to which you preferred. The Gents love to hear from you.
Also, if you know Ryan Reynolds can you please get him to get in touch with us? Thanks!
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Dear Ryan Reynolds,
Please come on our show the next time you’re in Vancouver.
The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure
ps. As your schedule allows.
pps. We have Aviation gin so you won’t even have to bring any. Unless you want to.
We never say no to gin.
Welcome to another episode of the Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure! This time around the Gents try a couple of aviation inspired cocktails. The Paper Plane and the P-38Lightning are as different as an actual paper plane and a P-38 Lightning, but both will launch you into the heavens, and give you a completely new perspective on things. Not surprisingly, the Gentlemen liked both the drinks but there was a clear winner. Give a listen to the show to see which one it was.
First up, the Gents made the Paper Plane. This is a neat mashup of Italian bitters and some sweet American bourbon. If you can find this on a bar menu, you should definitely order it because your cool quotient will immediately increase exponentially. Otherwise, make it at home and just enjoy being cool around the house.
3/4 ounce bourbon
3/4 ounce Aperol
3/4 ounce Amaro
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
Lemon twist for garnish
Shake first four ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Taste that! You didn’t expect that at all did you? This is the sort of drink that attracted you to cocktails in the first place. Four different ingredients combining to make a drink that catches you completely by surprise. Try it out and then leave a comment below.
Next up is a drink that was created at a train themed bar in Los Angeles called “Here and Now”. Why they opted for a fighter plane name, the Gents don’t know, but they are so glad they created this drink! Clear the runway for the P-38 Lightning!
by Aaron Melendrez, Damian Diaz, and Otho Nolasco, Here and Now, Los Angeles
1 1/2 ounces gin (we used Aviation)
1/4 ounce apricot liqueur
1/4 ounce velvet falernum
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon caster sugar
Absinthe and a star anise for garnish
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass. Spritz absinthe over the drink and garnish with a star anise.
They use Ford’s Gin at the actual bar, but substituting Aviation Gin seemed like a fun choice for obvious airplane related reasons. The star anise is a great garnish for this drink. That little propeller spins every time you take a sip!
No matter which drink you prefer, the Gentlemen hope you try both of them soon. Until next time, please ensure your hand luggage is safely stored under the seat in front of you, feel free to fully recline your seat, and enjoy your flight on GEL Airlines.
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Wait, what? Your final episode? Maybe. At least on a regular basis. At the beginning of the year, Gentleman Jason asked for people to comment on the blog so they knew they were out there, otherwise the podcast could be "called home". Five people took the time to leave a comment, and the Gents couldn't be happier. Or could they? As of this writing, the Gents have 75 subscribers. Even if two more listeners left a comment, they would know that at least 10% of their followers were actually reading the blog and listening to the show. Why not leave a comment at the bottom of this very page? It's not too late to save a podcast!
And what a podcast episode this is! The Gents are doing cocktails with beer! How did this idea come about? From this comment on the Gents Facebook page.
"Jason, I am holding three issues each of The Alchemist (spring & winter) for you & your buddies. I am still enjoying your podcast conversations. If you run out of ideas you can try beer cocktails. I have been comped a few and I don't hate them. But I wouldn't buy one. However, I suspect that some of the fruit sours being brewed would work well as a tart ingredient in a cocktail. Certainly some of them don't do well as a beer. Just my opinion."
Well, the Gents clearly ran out of ideas about 2 years ago so they jumped at the chance to try something ACTUALLY SUGGESTED BY A LISTENER. See how this works? Both of the drinks in this episode come from this wonderful BBC website.
50 ml Campari
Sparkling orange juice
300ml of IPA
2 slices of orange peel
Take two rocks glasses and put two to three ice cubes in each one. Divide 50ml of Campari between the glasses and top with 300ml IPA. Add a splash of sparkling orange juice (we used San Pellegrino sparkling blood orange) and rub a piece of orange peel around the rim of each glass before dropping into the drink.
This turned out to be a really nice drink. Tune in to see what the fellows thought of it and check the pics below for it's lovely colour.
Next up is a drink that uses a fruity beer (just like the comment suggested). Its a . . .
Raspberry Beer Mojito
50 ml of spice rum
a lime chopped up
a small bunch of mint
a 330 ml bottle of raspberry beer
raspberries for garnish
Take two tall highball glasses and divide one chopped lime and 50ml of spiced rum between them. Muddle them together with a muddling stick or the handle of a wooden spoon to release a little of the lime juice into the rum. Add ice then bruise a small bunch of mint leaves by holding them in the palm of one hand then hitting them with the other like a clap. Sprinkle the mint leaves into the glasses then divide 330ml bottle of raspberry beer between them. Garnish with a few raspberries and serve.
Crazy idea but it works. AND it looks like a big floating salad too, so that's fun!
You too could suggest drink ideas to the Gentlemen. How? By clicking on that little blue comment line right there. Let the Gents know you're out there!
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A great selection of Absinthe for purchase.