Tanqueray launches Citrus Heart cocktail bittersBy Owen Bellwood
Diageo has partnered with bartender Fabio La Pietra to create a limited edition cocktail bitters that complements the “citrus heart” of Tanqueray No. Ten.
La Pietra, of Sub Astor in São Paulo, collaborated with Diageo global cocktailian Lauren Mote to create the Tanqueray No. Ten Tropical Citrus Heart Bitters inspired by ingredients from the Amazon rainforest.
D-J Hageman, global head of Tanqueray, said: “Fabio has done an amazing job in bringing together rich, fresh fruit flavours from Brazil and working with Lauren to create this incredible liquid.
“Bitters have always been an important ingredient for cocktails and now the world’s greatest bartenders will be able to experiment with Tanqueray No. Ten Citrus Heart Bitters to revolutionise the way their customers enjoy their gin cocktails. We are thrilled to have collaborated with Lauren and Bittered Sling Bitters to create these incredible bitters.”
Available in 120ml bottles, the bitters are described as “herbaceous, bright, savoury and floral” with flavours of grapefruit, lime leaf and orange. The bottles will be gifted to cocktail bars around the world.
La Pietra said: “I hope this new bitters recipe will inspire bartenders to get creative with their own takes on classic Tanqueray No. Ten recipes, whether that’s in a T&T, a classic Gimlet, or a 20th-century cocktail.
“Bitters are a game changer for gin lovers. The best bitters help to balance a drink and make it a little bit more complex, giving the end result a more rounded and complete flavour profile.
“Lauren and I toured the local food markets, botanical gardens, and herb and plant nurseries of São Paulo to find the highest quality, locally and ethically-sourced ingredients and flavour combinations. I believe we have created bitters that deliver the soul of Brazil and that harmonises beautifully with the aromatic botanicals of Tanqueray No. Ten.”
The 120ml bottle of Tanqueray No. Ten Tropical Citrus Heart Bitters will be made available to bartenders in 2020.