Nurtured By Nature Cocktail
3rd April 2023
Nurtured by Nature, aren’t we all, our remarkable planet provides us with everything we need and more. This cocktail draws on that, bringing in the blossoming flowers, the ripening of the fruit and the labour of passion from man.
Let’s all offer a toast, to our lady of mystery, the small rock we call home in this endless galaxy in which we live, to Mother Earth!
The Sparkling Wine – Borgo Conventi
Borgo Conventi has been taking care of its vineyards since 1975. The land in which Borgo Conventi is located was once owned by a noble landowner, where the first monastery in Farra d’Isonzo was built. Today the land is covered by vines and the Borgo Conventi estate.
In 2001 the estate was acquired by the Folonari family, this brought in a higher production level without trading in any traditions, currently, the winery produces over 300,000 bottles of wine each year.
I had the pleasure of visiting Borgo Conventi a few years back, the estate is a mixture of money and comfort, keeping its nostalgic history while incorporating new and modern sets. We travelled up into their vineyards where we enjoyed a bottle of their Sparkling Wine. Currently, my opinion stands that the best way to enjoy a bottle of Sparkling Wine is in the vineyard that grew the grapes and with the people who produced it, the wine itself won’t taste any better, but you’ll be so high on the moment that your mind will make it taste like the angels have blessed you with this Glass of Bubbly.
Borgo Conventi – Ribolla Gialla – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Floral aromas and blossom, with prominent yellow floral, and nice citrus and hints of oily green fruits on the aroma.”
Flavour – “Very slick citrus with floral and blossom notes, with hints of yellow fruits on the palate.”
Silver Medal in the Spring Fling Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022
The Gin – Conker
“Set up by Rupert Holloway in April 2015, Conker was Dorset’s first gin distillery that has now sold over 200,000 bottles around the UK.
After spending his younger years studying and working on building his CV, Rupert began his serious working career as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, but pretty quickly realised something was missing and that his real passion lay elsewhere.
With craft drinks on the rise, Rupert started to research distilling and began foraging on the cliff tops of Bournemouth. At aged 29 he took the leap to leave his day job and launch Dorset’s first gin distillery. A £10k government grant followed and one year later Conker’s Dorset dry Gin launched to the public.
Passionate foragers, distillers and bottlers, the company handcrafts its spirits in small batches to ensure no shortcuts or compromises are taken when it comes to the craft processes, the ingredients and the final quality.
Conker embodies the spirit of Dorset, blending British wheat spirit and New Forest Spring Water with botanicals that can be found across the Dorset coast and New Forest.”
Conker Dry Dorset Gin – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Juniper leads the exhibition on the aroma, with a zest of lime citrus and notes of elderberries.”
Flavour – “Juniper again greets us, with a slight spice mixed with some light sweetness, adding onto that are some samphire, elderberries, nettles and floral notes on this palate.”
The Cocktail – Nurtured By Nature
- Sparkling Wine
- Conker Gin
- Lemon Juice
- Simple Syrup
- Squirty Cream
- Paradise Edible Flower
- Amaranth Pom Pom Edible Flowers (Nurtured in Norfolk)
How To Make The Nurtured By Nature Cocktail
- Begin with 10mls of Conker Gin
- 5mls of Lemon Juice
- 30mls of Simple Syrup
- 5mls of Grenadine
- Top up or add 100mls of Sparkling Wine
- Then Cut a Wheel/Circle out of an Apple
- Place a Paradise Edible Flower inside your Glass
- Place the cutout Apple wheel/circle on top
- Squirt some Squirty Cream onto the Apple
- Then place a few Amaranth Pom Pom Edible Flowers on top to Finish
Nurtured By Nature Cocktail Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Removing the perfectly English apple wheel, creamy squirty cream, delicate flower display (I’ll come up with a shorter name next time), and delving into the glass, the Paradise Flower is spreading its fermions everywhere, especially after removing the apple from the top, hints of silky/creamy red berries creep through along with a note of juniper berries on the aroma.”
Flavour – “The palate displays a secret weapon, the initial touch is that of sweet red berries and with notes of yellow pears, then the gin comes into play, with its smooth, silkiness, notes of juniper berries and elderberries keep you entertained by relaxing you into another sip.”
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