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Shortcross moves into pink gin

Northern Ireland’s Rademon Estate Distillery has launched the first pink expression from its Shortcross Gin brand, called Rosie’s Garden Gin.

Rosie’s Garden Gin is made without sugar and is “juniper-led”

The Irish spirits producer has created the pink gin with no added sugar or other additives. Rosie’s Garden Gin is described as the “first-of-its-kind” to be distilled in Northern Ireland.

County Down’s Rademon Estate Distillery was opened in 2012 by wife-­and-­husband team Fiona and David Boyd-­Armstrong.

The 42.5% abv pink expression was inspired by Fiona’s mother, Rosie. The gin is made with strawberries, raspberries, lavender and chamomile, while “remaining juniper-led”.

“Provenance is hugely important to us, for Rosie’s Garden Gin we sought inspiration from my mum, Rosie, always tending to the fruits and herbs in her 18th century walled garden,” said Fiona Boyd-Armstrong.

“We started back in summer 2017, picking fruits and botanicals from the walled gardens to see how best we could craft a gin that links to the heritage of our home.”

David Boyd-Armstrong, who is also head distiller, said: “We chose to vapour infuse the lavender and camomile on our new copper pot still so that we could draw out the delicate flavours and aromas of these botanicals without them competing or being hidden by the other botanicals in the gin.

“Rather than follow the path of the sugar-rich, low-flavour products occupying the fruit and flavoured category, we wanted to create a gin that would lend itself to be enjoyed as a gin and tonic, or crafted into the perfect cocktail.”

Rosie’s Garden Gin is available from the distillery shop, as well as leading bars, hotels and restaurants in Northern Ireland. It will roll out across Ireland and the UK this summer. The gin is priced at £25 (US$31.30) per 500ml.

In March 2018, Rademon Estate announced a £2.5m (US$3.1m) distillery expansion. The distiller installed a 10­-plate copper column still system for gin production – claimed to be the “most advanced gin still in use in Ireland”.

Rademon Estate plans to launch its first single malt whiskey this year.

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