Hendrick’s Gin was introduced by William Grant & Sons in 1999.
It has been distilled at the company’s Girvan Distillery using 12 botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica root, elderflower, grains of paradise, orange peel, lemon peel, orris root, cubeb berries, caraway seeds, yarrow, chamomile, cucumber and rose. The recipe was developed by Hendrick’s master distiller Lesley Gracie and David Stewart, legendary malt master of Glenfiddich and Balvenie. Lesley’s latest creation (spring 2019) is called Midsummer Solstice. She used the same distillate as for standard Hendrick’s but the spirit is “infused with natural flavors and floral essences”. Midsummer Solstice was inspired by the actual summer solstice, at which time the earth is tilted maximally toward the sun, impelling all the flora of the hemisphere to attain its peak aromatic prowess and indeed this gin delivers the fragrant delight of a midsummer day. The gin is beautifully presented in the same iconic apothecary style bottle that is now synonymous with the brand but has received a purple-hued makeover, from the glass of the bottle itself to the label and logo.
Midsummer Solstice gin has very floral character (roses, lilac, lavender) nicely balanced with subtle spiciness, juniper and Hendrick’s signature cucumber notes. It is a perfect ingredient of spring and summer cocktails such as Midsummer Spritz or Midsummer Mimosa.