Leblon Brings ‘The Spirit Of Brazil’ To UK Bars And Homes This Summer

This summer, Leblon Natural Cane Cachaça, a national treasure of Brazil, is bringing a splash of South American spirit to the UK with its delicious artisanal cocktails and must-visit experiences.

Handcrafted and produced at Maison Leblon in Minas Gerais, Brazil’s fertile agricultural heartland, Leblon Cachaça is already a favourite tipple in top culinary venues in Brazil, where cachaça is the national spirit. Cachaça is also the key ingredient to the Caipirinha, the wildly popular muddled lime cocktail.

Light and fruity with tequila-like herbal notes, Leblon Cachaça has a smooth silky texture with layers of fruity cane and spices. It mixes extremely well with almost any fruit and couples nicely with other ingredients from herbs to liqueurs – the perfect starting point for a range of delicious cocktails that capture the lively Brazilian Spirit. The Leblon Cachaça signature cocktails are a must this summer for home entertaining, including the renowned Brazilian ‘Caipirinha’, the coconut ‘Sugar Loaf Mountain Cooler’ and the refreshing ‘Leblon Ginger Ale’.

For those out and about during the summer months, Leblon Cachaça has also partnered with two of London’s leading bars to create cocktail experiences that champion the ‘Spirit of Brazil’. ‘Barzinho’ has opened at Archer Street, Soho, transforming the downstairs bar into a bold and beautiful Brazilian oasis. With vintage posters, grand carnival feathers, palm leaves from the Amazon and authentic Brazilian graffiti adorning the walls, the experience will take you on a visual and sensory journey of the bright and lively country. In addition to enjoying the legendary Leblon Caipirinha, the bar’s other signature cocktail is the award-winning ‘Leblon Redeemer’, created specially by Bar Manager, Benjamin Purslow. The ‘Leblon Redeemer’ is made with Leblon Cachaça, Campari infused with Açai Berries (Goji Berries), fresh passionfruit juice and Lime.

For those south of the river, the newly opened CocoBananas in Battersea is home to the Leblon Cachaça Campervan, bringing all the spirit and passion of Brazil to London. Set over two floors, the nightclub is a celebration of all things Brazilian, with a décor evoking the vibrant beach shacks found throughout the country. Design features include vintage surfboards, palm trees, distressed plantation shutters, and an image of Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue. To complete the authentic Brazilian experience, the Leblon Cachaça Campervan, situated on the second floor of CocoBananas, doubles up as a bar serving mouthwatering Leblon Cachaça Caipirinhas. Signature cocktails include the ‘Beach Shack’, a memorable summertime Caipirinha treat made for sharing, served in a miniature Brazilian beach hut.

Leblon Caipirinha
Leblon Caipirinha

Leblon Caipirinha

Ingredients –

60 ml Leblon Cachaça
1 whole lime
2 teaspoons of sugar
Crushed ice

Method –

Take a good size lime, cut it into eight wedges, and place four wedges in a rocks glass. Add two teaspoons of sugar, mash the lime and sugar with a muddler for fifteen seconds and add crushed ice up to the rim of the glass. Add the Leblon Cachaça and stir thoroughly. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Leblon & Ginger Ale

Ingredients –

50 ml Leblon Cachaça
Ginger Ale to finish
2 lime wedges

Method –

Add cubed ice to a highball glass and pour in the Leblon Cachaça. Squeeze the juice of two large lime wedges into the glass and top with ginger ale. Stir to mix and finish with a slice of lime.

Sugar Loaf Mountain Cooler

Ingredients – 

50 ml Leblon Cachaça
25 ml Lime Juice
15 ml Sugar Syrup
Sugarcane Water or Coconut Water to finish

Method  – 

Add cubed ice to a highball glass and pour in the Leblon Cachaça, lime juice and sugar. Top with your choice of sugarcane or coconut water and stir to mix. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Barzinho at Archer Street, 3-4 Archer Street, Soho, London W1D 7AP

CocoBananas, 101 Howie Street, London SW11 3BA

McQueen, 55-61 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4AA

Floripa, 91-93 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HZ
http://www.leblon.com / @LeblonCachaca / http://www.facebook.com/lebloncachaca

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London’s First Whisky Distillery In Over A Century Rekindles City’s Single Malt Heritage

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Battersea-based distilling company, The London Distillery Company, has been granted London’s first licence to produce single malt whisky in over a century and Thursday saw its initial British spirit flow from the still. The boutique distillery, which has been producing Dodd’s Gin since Spring 2013, is the first whisky distillery in London since Lea Valley in Stratford closed in the early 1900s.

The whisky will be distilled in a beautiful 650 litre copper pot still, ‘Matilda’, named after co-founder and CEO Darren Rook’s Scottish Grandmother. Once the plain British spirit, that will be produced during the second distillation, has been matured in casks for a minimum of three years and a day, it will legally become single malt whisky.*
Malt whisky is made using three ingredients: malted barley, water and yeast. In keeping with the distillery’s focus on sustainability and sourcing locally where possible, the barley is sourced from Warminster Maltings, Wiltshire, 100 miles from the distillery. The yeast is supplied by Surebrew in Surrey and the company is using historical London brewing strains.

Darren Rook comments: “It is not widely known that the capital has a great heritage of whisky production dating back to before Chaucer. Since meeting co-founder, Nick Taylor, it has taken just over three years of hard work from the early concept to get to where we are today. We are really excited to be part of a new chapter in the city’s distilling legacy.
“This is really only the start of the journey as we have some time until the whisky reaches its optimum. We’re aiming to create an historical style of single malt with a great depth of flavour and floral backbone. That said, thanks to our small size and the equipment, we are not limited to one style. One fermentation will fill one cask, so we are able to experiment and create bespoke whiskies.”
Annually the company has capacity to fill up to 100 casks. During the development stages Rook has been working with Master Whisky Distiller and Blender, John C McDougall, and whisky industry consultant and wood specialist, Dr. Jim Swan. The team will continue to work with them both at regular intervals over the coming years.

*UK and EU law requires that whisky should be at least three years and one day old

Dodd’s Gin Tasting Notes

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The London Distillery Company is one of only five London distillers and is London’s first whisky distillery since Lea Valley closed over a century ago. Dodd’s Gin is the first gin to come through its doors since its founding year of 2011 between Darren Rook and Nick Taylor. The story and inspiration to the companies release of Dodd’s Gin however stretches a little further back, way back even, to the year 1807.

Ralph Dodd, an 18th century born entrepreneur and engineer, formed The Intended London Distillery Company in 1807 and within his business prospectus, he detailed his commitment to produce Genuine British Spirits. Ralph Dodd started by opening public subscriptions for transferable shares to raise capital of £100,000, divided into 2000 shares of £50 each. Premises were purchased and managers and other officers were employed, including both known malt distiller Mr Carr and chief rectifier John Taylor. However, no attempt was made to obtain incorporation and a solicitor was engaged to draft a deed of trust. This proved to be an error and in 1808 criminal action was taken against Dodd for the promotion of a scheme for a company with transferrable shares in violation of the Bubble Act. Dodd decided to dispute this legal action but ultimately lost the case in 1812 resulting in the dispansion of The Intended London Distillery Company. As Ralph Dodd never quite fulfilled his visionary project, his aspirations are finally being realised over 200 years later by the separate company but the also closely named The London Distillery Company.

Dodd's Gin
Dodd’s Gin

The gin itself is made with organic botanicals including juniper, angelica, fresh lime peel, cardamom, red raspberry leaf, bay laurel and honey from The London Honey Company. A significant proportion of the ingredients are first distilled in ‘Christina’, a traditional 140-litre copper alembic, with the more delicate botanicals being reserved for ‘Little Albion’, The London Distillery Company’s state-of-the-art cold vacuum still.  The two spirits are then married for several weeks before being hand-bottled and labelled by the team at the distillery.

So how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Dodd’s Gin – 49.9%

Subtle juniper on the nose with fresh raspberry lingering around near the end. Warm on the start of the palate, developing a slight spice with honey thick texture. The juniper is more dominant alongside dashes of lime zest. Short, sharp bursts on the long finish.

A great gin, and one to just savour on its own. No need to add anything to it, just sip! Worth a purchase, and a nip if ever seen in your local bar.

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