Sunday, January 07, 2018

Empress G&T

Elizabeth bought me a bottle of Victoria Distillery's Empress 1908 Gin for Christmas. The distinguishing botanical from a flavor perspective is probably the Empress Tea (the gin is inspired by high tea at the Fairmont Empress hotel). But the distinctive color comes from a post-distillation infusion of butterfly pea blossoms.

The color in the blossoms comes in part from anthrocyanins, which are also found in many other fruits and plants, including blueberries, cranberries. Anthrocyanins are purple in neutral pH, but red in acidic solutions. The picture below has iced gin on the right and a gin & tonic on the left (the tonic is acidic).

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