First, a big shout-out to my friend Chris who picked me up a bottle of this gin while on a wine tour this past Spring. You’ll be seeing a few bottles from Dillon’s coming up, and they’re all thanks to him. So stay tuned for that.
In <100 Words
Dillon’s Cherry Gin is the combination of local Niagara Peninsula Cherries and their signature, locally grown 100% Ontario Rye base spirit. The same base spirit they use in many of their spirits. Dillon’s philosophy is steeped in tradition and family. Interesting note, among the team, Peter Dillon’s title is “Herb and Botanical Expert.” That sounds like a fantastic title to have, and one that I hope to one day aspire to. I digress, back to the gin.
On the nose, brown sugar, molasses, stewed cherry, strawberry, and a faint hint of banana as well. Lower, there’s a nice touch of spice with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Nice depth with a lot of complexity at first whiff.
The palate is complex as well. Tart with clear cherry at first, with spice emerging later. Cardamom, ginger, and cassia come through, however, it seems indistinct.
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The Martini Book, by Sally Ann Berk
Gin3 parts3 parts3 parts6 parts
Cherry Heering1 part
Cherry Brandy1 part2 parts
Shake well with ice and fine strain in to a cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh cherry Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add the ingredients and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a Lemon twist.Combine liquids in a shaker with ice, shake and strain. Garnish with cherries.
Campari1/2 part1 part1/2 part1 part
This recipe was found in Sally Ann Berk’s The Martini Book. I’m not sure the precise origins, but this is actually a rather surprising little drink. The Campari takes the medicinal edge off of the Cherry Heering/ Brandy/Kirschwasser.
Bu first, there’s actually a substantial difference between the Cherry spirits used across the three drinks.
Kirschwasser: clear and colorless German brandy made from a kind of sour cherry. The cherries are fermented with their pits. The result is a cherry flavored, but not sweet brandy. Often called “Kirsch” for short.
Cherry Heering: dark red cherry liqueur, not overly sweet, but slightly medicinal. Considered by some to be the “best” of the dark cherry liqueurs.
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