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Hendrick’s launches Grand Cabaret limited edition gin

Gin brand Hendrick’s has announced the latest release from Hendrick’s Cabinet of Curiosities, master distiller Lesley Gracie’s experimental series.
Gracie was inspired to create limited-edition release Hendrick’s Grand Cabaret after learning about a historic drink: a stone fruit eau de vie fashionable in Paris in the early 1900s, which had roots in a 17th century technique for distilling stone fruit.
The design and branding on the is inspired by the decadent parties and clubs of early 20th century Paris.
Gracie commented: “I’m always looking for inspiration, and this time I found it leafing through historical recipes for stone fruit spirits, eau de vies, peach schnapps, cherry liqueurs when those indulgent stone fruit flavours were the ‘in thing’ for those that had the means to celebrate in spectacular style. 
“I played around and found that when you put these different stone fruit flavours together, they give you a rich depth of flavour with great brightness and lightness. I added sweet herbs to round out the vibrant fruit. It’s the first time I’ve experimented with stone fruits in Hendrick’s Gin, and I love how it adds a decadent depth of flavour and yet still has the signature refreshing lightness of Hendrick’s.”
Ally Martin, Hendrick’s global brand ambassador, added: “It's fascinating to dig deep into cocktail history and see what flavour combinations captivated creative minds in Paris at the turn of the 20th Century. It seems that the flavour of stone fruits, rose scents, and gin was a magical combination in the most opulent of establishments, and who better to deftly combine these flavours today into a ravishingly fruity spirit than Hendrick’s master distiller, alchemist, and liquid poet Lesley Gracie?
“This is a bright, bold gin that has a rich depth and layers of flavour and yet is still refreshing and light – it’s ideal in a Hendrick’s Grand Cabaret and Tonic. If you want to be a little more fancy, the Hendrick’s Grand Cabaret Royale is an indulgent way to toast tantalising celebrations. It combines Hendrick’s Grand Cabaret, cranberry, lime, and a touch of sugar syrup, which is topped with Champagne or sparkling wine for added decadence.”

1 March 2024 - Lucy Schofield