Uk brewer and distiller Adnams is launching a small batch gin that brings a true taste of Mexico to UK drinkers.
The limited-edition Jardín Mexicano gin is distilled using avocado leaf. A rare ingredient in the UK, it is used in Mexico for its antioxidant and mood-enhancing properties and traditionally brewed into tea.
Through its new gin, Adnams is hoping to bring a new dimension to the British love affair with avocados – from ‘avo on toast’ to avocado face masks. The distiller says the avocado leaf brings notes of anise and liquorice to the gin, which also includes other Mexican-inspired botanicals such as epazote, chipotle chilli, lime peel and oregano.
It comes as Mexico prepares to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, a national holiday on 5 May that commemorates a significant military victory for the country at the Battle of Puebla.
John McCarthy, head distiller at Adnams, said: “I first discovered avocado leaf on a trip to Mexico where it was the secret ingredient in a plate of black beans. I was blown away by its delicate anise quality which paired so beautifully with classic Mexican flavours of lime, chili and coriander and was determined to recreate this in gin form!
“Whilst the UK is no stranger to avocado, I am excited to make avocado leaf the star of the show in Jardín Mexicano. It’s produced a really vibrant, complex but most importantly delicious gin that can be enjoyed all summer long.”
Adnams’ Copper House Distillery has shown an experimental spirit in previous releases, from its Rising Sun gin – made with a rye base spirit and distilled with lemongrass and matcha tea – to a limited-edition gin using sea buckthorn, a native coastal berry.
The limited-edition Jardín Mexicano gin is available at adnams.co.uk and in Adnams stores from 29 April.