In 2015, Michael Van Lent and Olivier Roels, two young lads keeping bees in the heart of Aalst, founded a company called Save The Queen Gin, dedicating their passion to bee keeping and gin. Save The Queen Gin is made by gin loving bee keepers, reflecting the region by using honey in their gin. Small batch gin distilled from 14 botanicals in a traditional copper pot still. Its bright golden colour is due to the raw honey added to the spirit. The visual sediment is beeswax coming from natural healthy honey.
While tasting, a warm glow with a light honey sweetness comes up, just delicious! However, the sweetness does not dominate and is rather subtle. The juniper flavour is all-round present with a lovely combination of floral notes. A heart-warming product, perfect for this time of year. The Save The Queen Gin finishes with a long and deliciously spicy taste that makes you want to have more.
Take a large balloon glass and fill it up with ice (use a lot, about 2/3 of the glass). Stir the ice inside the glass to let it cool (you can use a bar spoon for this). Remove any excess water with a cocktail strainer and add the some juniper berries and a sprig of rosemary. Don’t forget to add 5 cL of Save The Queen Gin to your glass! Next, add a half bottle of Thomas Henry Tonic Water. Try doing this at the edge of your glass, but you can also use a bar spoon for this. Just try to keep the bubbles of your tonic in stead of pouring in the tonic all at once and lose any sparkling sensation while drinking your GT.