Continuing work with the genus of citrus, Letherbee Autumnal Gin 2021 turns to a fruit associated with perfumes, cosmetics, and tea. Thought to be the most delicate of citrus, Citrus bergamia, commonly called Bergamot, is a genetic cross between lemon and bitter orange. Its origins trace back to Southern Italy and commercial cultivation is centered there in Reggio Calabria (toe of the boot).
Bergamot’s fruity yet floral aroma elicits dualities - uplift with calm, arousal with security, stimulation with tranquility. It’s the mesmerizing comfort of candlelight. It’s the late night hygge of lying next to the dancing flames in a fireplace.
With the added hint of cocoa nib in the recipe, 2021’s Autumnal Gin plays nicely with bitter cocktails. Think about combinations with sweet vermouth, amaro, fernet. Consider baking spices, black tea, Calabrian chili, ginger, and fig. For lighter sour drinks try herbs like sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, and lemongrass. Maybe get wild and work it with some blue cheese.