After a national competition to win a night like no other, Stephen McGonigle of the Players Lounge at London’s Playboy Club came in joint second with his cocktail creation “Sin and Chronic”.
50ml Brockmans Gin
30ml Home-made lemon peel and calvados reduction
25ml Home made blackberry tonic water (cinchona bark, lemon grass, orange peel, home-made blackberry syrup)
Shake the gin and reduction and strain into a highball filled with ice. Add the home-made blackberry tonic water and soda. Garnish with fruits of the forest and a mint sprig sprinkled with icing sugar.
Stephen explains: “Something about Brockmans Gin has always struck me as being a little bit naughty: the opaque bottle not giving anything away, the rule-breaking nature of the style of the gin. It is with this in mind that I’ve gone for the name Sin & Chronic – a Garden of Eden-themed gin and tonic or Collins. The calvados reduction nods to Adam and the forbidden apple, with the apple and lemon flavours straight away complementing the blackberry and orange notes in the gin.”
The prize – Stephen was whisked off to Barcelona for a ‘night like no other’, a multi-sensory night created by Brockmans.