Chatelaine & DH Krahn
Over the next number of posts we are going to explore wine-based cocktails and, when possible inject tasting notes of various spirits. Today’s example explores the Chatelaine, using white wine and DH Krahn gin.
DH Krahn gin
This gin has a close place to my heart, not because it is distilled here in the United States, but because one of the founders, Scott Krahn, is a BC boy, hailing from Kelowna. While my opinion was going to be leaning in the direction of favoring this gin due to our Canadian ties, I found that I did not need to use my bias when judging this gin.
DH Krahn is a perfect example of how one doesn’t need to distill 3-5 times to get a smooth spirit. Using a Stupfler System Alembic (the only one in this hemisphere), they distill their gin only once, and then age it in steel barrels for a period of no less than three months, further mellowing the final spirit.
Immaculately clear in composition, after nosing, this gin shows that it is light on the juniper, preferring to offer up notes of citrus and light forest/botanical aromas. Upon tasting, one is greeted by a medium-bodied spirit that is sweet and viscous, with the juniper finally showing up around mid- to late palate. As I usually find with most gins, making this “Navy Proof” by bumping up the alcohol to 44-46% would probably do this spirit wonders. Overall this is a fine specimen to fit into your lightly junipered category of gins.
Now that we have a gin to use, why don’t we make a:
2 oz crisp white wine
1 oz gin
½ oz elderflower liqueur
1 oz pomegranate juice
¼ oz simple syrup (if unsweetened pomegranate)
shake all with ice and fine strain into a cocktail glass
I’ve found that wine based “cocktails” make excellent aperitifs as well as being a good tool to keep your alcohol consumption down over the course of an evening. One can now enjoy twice the number of these “wine-tails” as cocktails with the effects being equal. One could almost put them back like Nick and Nora Charles with seemingly little effect!
This wine-tail is light and fruity, which is sure to please the châtelaine in your life, and the rich red hue will seal the deal, if the anti-oxidants from the pomegranate don’t.
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