We started off using Northern Ice Vidal for our Icewine Gin Cocktails in the summer, then we paired Northern Ice Cabernet Sauvignon as a favourite partner to pair with gin in the winter. When Icewine is added to gin the fruit flavours explode in the warm alcohol base. Since the history of gin was to keep the British troops warm during battle we saw it as fitting to use this base to keep us warm within the Polar Vortex winters. Yes, Icewine Gin Cocktails provide a great way to relax after battling the snow, but they are even better in the sun!
The bright, astringent qualities of this juniper-based spirit pair amazingly well with fruit and herbs, combined with Cabernet Franc Icewine the more complex fruit nuances shine even more. Enjoy the ice cold, refreshing qualities of this gin and Icewine Cocktail.
Icewine Gin Cocktail
2 ounces Gin
2 ounces Northern Ice Cabernet Franc Icewine
2 strawberries chopped
1/2 teaspoon chopped basil
Shake all ingredients together with chopped ice and enjoy!
The History of Gin
The first confirmed date for the production of gin was in the early 17th century in Holland, when it was used as a medicine and sold in chemist shops to treat stomach complaints, gout and gallstones. To make it more palatable, the Dutch started to flavour it with juniper, which had medicinal properties of its own. During the Thirty Years' War, British troops were given 'Dutch Courage' so that they could experience the warming properties of gin to combat the cold, damp weather during their fighting campaigns. Gin has a predominant flavour of juniper berries and as they mature they pick up fresh green and citrus notes; an nice background note for the fruit forward notes of Icewine.