The London to Lima Gin Distillery in Peru recently launched their London to Lima Mulberry & Coca Gin Liqueur in the UK, which is the second expression to come from London to Lima Gin and we of course particularly like the travel twist to it!
The distillery’s original gin is made with Peruvian Quebranta grapes that have been used for centuries to make the national spirit, Pisco. The gin is macerated with mulberries, hand-picked close to the distillery in Peru. They add Amazonian Coca leaves, from the same supplier as the world’s largest cola brand, as well as wild honey to make the rich and delicious gin liqueur.
Traditional botanicals are also added to make the original gin expression, including juniper berries, orris root, angelica root and cassia. In addition, the distillery includes some more exotic Peruvian botanicals such as coriander seeds, Peruvian lime, orange, aguaymanto (physalis) and pink peppercorn which is grown at the distillery.
The inspiration to use a grape-based spirit to make London to Lima Gin comes from the oldest known recipe for gin in Europe dating back to 1495, which also used grapes as its base. The gin is distilled three times and then blended with water from glaciers in the Andes. Founder Alex was inspired to source the purest Andean glacial spring water from the summits of the Cordillera Blanca as over 50 percent pf the gin is water, after completing the trek himself, which makes it a true spirit of adventure.
Founders Alexander and Karena James commented that: “Our spirits represent the wonderful history of the Peruvian and British connection. We are hugely excited to have recently received an IWSC Gold Medal for our London to Lima Mulberry & Coca Gin Liqueur, which we are looking forward to launching in the UK this month. We can’t wait to bring new adventures to your drinks cabinet.”
The London to Lima Mulberry & Coca Gin Liqueur is best enjoyed neat or in a London to Lima Inka Bramble Cocktail. To prepare it you will need 50ml London to Lima Gin, 30ml London to Lima Mulberry & Coca Gin Liqueur, 25ml Lime Juice and 15ml Sugar Syrup.
Shake the original London to Lima Gin with ice, lime juice and sugar syrup and then pour it into a glass filled with crushed ice. Drizzle the London to Lima Mulberry & Coca Gin Liqueur on top with a dash of soda or sparkling water and finally garnish with some fresh mulberries and a leaf.
You may have noticed that both gin bottles have a different Peruvian animal on the label. The Mulberry & Coca bottle has a Spectacled Caiman, whilst the original gin features a Spectacled Bear. The name “Spectacled Caiman” comes from a bony ridge between the eyes of the Caiman, which looks like a pair of spectacles. It is a South American native and member of the Alligator family and the Spectacled Caiman’s tears interestingly provide butterflies and bees with minerals.
London to Lima Mulberry & Coca Gin Liqueur is priced at £39 for 50cl, £18 for 20cl, £7 for 5cl ABV: 36.8% and is available from: Amazon, Hedonism Wines, Master of Malt, The Whisky Exchange and Berry Brothers & Rudd.
For more information on London to Lima Gin please visit www.londontolima.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of London To Lima Gin