Gin and Tonic have been gaining popularity in Singapore over the last few years and it is a refreshing cocktail that goes perfectly with our climate. We have had Gin Journey, UK’s leading drink experiences launch in Singapore in 2018 and now, we have three types of Singapore gin made by three different distillers and Singapore’s very first gin school.
The attempt to find a local spirit that encapsulates Singapore’s culture led to the birth of Brass Lion Distillery. Their Singapore Dry Gin uses the traditional method of pot still distillation, to combine classic gin botanicals with Asian flavours such as the aromatic torch ginger flower and citrusy lemongrass to produce a smooth, vibrant spirit.
For an aesthetically pleasing yet still delicious Singapore Gin, try the Butterfly Pea Gin which makes an Instagram worthy Gin and Tonic. The gin's deep, rich blue hue is derived from the Butterfly Pea flower – a staple in Peranakan cuisine. With the addition of citrus, its colour changing properties are revealed as it morphs into a soft lilac shade. Drop by their tasting room on the second floor of Brass Lion Distillery to try out their spirits and local-inspired cocktails.
Want to make your very own gin? Brass Lion Distillery will be the first distillery in Singapore to launch a gin school. Guests can book their lessons from the 9th to 11th August 2019. Their gin school is on every Sunday at 2 pm.
Vanilla Luxury Pro Tip: We enjoyed Brass Lion Distillery’s Curry Gin and Tonic, as well as the Bandung Fizz cocktails. They have got the famous Gin and Tonic cocktails for $12 every Monday to Friday from 5 pm - 8 pm.
Inspired by Singapore’s favourite local flavours, Compendium currently offers two unique Singapore Gins, Rojak Gin and Chendol Gin. All you need is a good tonic to treat yourself to a Gin and Tonic cocktail at home.
Rojak is a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish enjoyed by many Singaporeans. Wanting to make their Singapore gin truly local and special to Singaporeans, the Rojak Gin is Compendium’s flagship product.
Rojak Gin’s scents are at once recognisable yet novel. Nose whiffs of torch ginger that then conjure aromas of that familiar rojak nuttiness in your mind, before tasting a bold botanical bunch of juniper and lemon peel on your tongue. Made from distilled homemade mead, you’ll find this to be a silky gin as smooth as the artisanal honey it’s made from. Sip on it chilled or have it in a Negroni; it’s good either way.
Their second Singapore Gin is their Chendol Gin. Distilled from fermented Gula Melaka, then re-distilled with juniper, pandan and coconut on a pot still, you’ll find robust fruity notes that linger long on your palate and olfactory senses with the Chendol Gin. Soft, vibrant and reminiscent of the most delicious Chendol dessert you’ve had. The Chendol Gin is best first tasted on its own, then mixed with a light tonic that brings out the layered fragrances contained in the spirit for a delicious Gin and Tonic.
Tanglin Gin is a Singapore gin that is complex, yet balanced and harmonious, a blend that represents multiple cultures, just like Singapore. This old-world modern gin has the pine of Juniper and herbaceous flavour notes which comes from classic gin botanicals. Their twist comes from Indian Amchoor, in the powdered form of green unripe mangoes which adds an extra citrus note. Their Orchid notes come from the fruit of the Vanilla Orchid and Vanilla beans are used in the Gin Column, adding a smooth richness to the flavour. This isn’t merely a bottle of Singapore gin but the spirit of Singapore which makes a perfect gift for Gin and Tonic lovers.