Cuckoo Sunshine Gin - 70cl - 40% ABV
Cuckoo Gin is a family affair, based upon Gerard and Cath Singleton’s farm in Brindle, Lancashire. Using a half made/half bought neutral base spirit, the team go to greater efforts than most to make their gin, from sewing the seeds to harvesting the wheat and barley that they then transform into the spirit base.
This means that the gin is flavoured long before the first juniper berry has been plucked, as home made base spirit always has a faint air of cereal about it – some nutty, sweet notes that add power to the overall botanical mix.
Working with the Bee Centre in nearby Samlesbury, Team Cuckoo have entered into the Fruit Gin market with this soft, light, raspberry sipper. It’s as delicious as an ice cream on a summer’s day, with the fruit adding huge, purple notes. It’s not a silly gin, though, by any means; juniper and lemon shine, while almonds and vanilla bring a sweet creaminess.
To serve: try it with rose lemonade. Perfection!