The Ealing Penelope Cocktail

22nd September 2023

The Ealing Penelope Cocktail

The Ealing Penelope Cocktail was created to deliver a taste of sophisticated class and gift you a touch of that dancing fever, to break down your inner walls and free you up to enjoy the moment.

With the help from Champagne Morel and Ealing Gin, I think it’s safe to say we’ve achieved that goal, but the only way to find out is to try it for yourself.

Champagne Morel

Champagne Morel presents a wonderful representation of what you would expect from a bottle of quality Champagne, operated by a family trio, all hard workers with a bursting passion for Champagne. Simon manages the vineyard, Pascal guarantees the production standards and Emilie puts the finishing touches to the bottles.

Champagne Morel’s cellars date back to the 18th century and within their cellars they hold a personal display of history with a vinotheque/vinothek of their Champagnes dating back to 1947.

Preserving their vineyards for future generations is important to the family, which is why they operate in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. From 1850 to 1930 the Morel family was focused on cultivating their land and producing Pinot des Riceys wines.

Feeling cramped in their old cellars, in 2005 they expanded, building new cellars to allow for the further production and storage of their Champagnes.

Champagne Morel can be bought in the UK from The Vine Cellar.

Champagne Morel – Brut Réserve – Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Smooth creamy yeast notes on the aroma, cheesecake, cream, biscuits, shortbread, yellow fruits, green acidic fruits, freshly squeezed zesty apple juice, and hints of pastry on the aroma.”

Flavour – “Soft, delicate, and a touch creamy, but overall very smooth, shortbread, biscuits, yeasty, zesty green apples, cooking apples, yellow fruits, peach, apricot and citrus on the palate.”

Gold Medal in the Classic & Elegant Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022

Ealing Gin

For four generations the Duncan Family, has lived in the West borough of London in Ealing, nicknamed the ‘Queen of the Suburbs’, but it is thanks to Simon and Amanda Duncan to bringing Ealing Gin to life, the couple has a background in communications and brand development, but some years ago they developed a passion for gin and decided to create their own label and building a small distillery right next to their family home in the heart of Ealing.

Over 100 years ago, Ealing became a magnate for actors, artists and musicians throughout the 20th century as the famous Ealing Film Studios, Jazz/Blues Club and theatre were established. The borough still has its wonderful collection of Art Deco buildings – The Hoover Building being the most iconic – which was the inspiration for the bottle design.

What flavours you’re likely to find in a glass of Ealing Gin: Juniper leads with wild floral and blossom, warming spices subtly reminding me of Christmas with orange citrus and a peppery warmth as a bonus, it delivers a smooth, clean, rounded and warming mouthfeel.

“From the outset, we wanted to create a high-end gin but one grounded in good spirit and friendliness. The feeling of belonging, having friendships and social interaction is fundamental to health and happiness but so many people are lonely and socially isolated. As a family we know this is particularly true for people with disabilities, the vulnerable and the old, so on our journey, as we grow, we’ll share 20% of our profits with good causes that will hopefully help more people to make friends and belong.” – Amanda Duncan

How T0 Make The Ealing Penelope Cocktail

  • Grab a Glass and Drop in a Few Ice Cubes
  • Pour in 20mls of Gin
  • 100mls of Champagne
  • Add 1 Twist or a Sprinkling of Sea Salt
  • A Twig of Thyme
  • Then Gently Place Some Pressed Viola Flowers On Top

The Aroma – “The aroma greets you at the gate with notes of fresh thyme and aged floral, you’ll also smell notes of salty sea air, coupled with a mixture of yellow fruits and green pears, a touch of a nutty character with paint almond, you just know the best is waiting in the flavours.”

The Flavour – “The Party has been in full swing for a while, when you get a taste you’ll discover vibrant sea salt and salty sea air with a backdrop of matured walnuts, walnut oil and event almond oils, then you spot in the background, dancing to the extraordinary music, some notes of yellow fruits, soft peaches and apricots, along with some zingy lemon and thyme, the gin offers a hand to perfecting the smoothness and the Champagne offers the elegance and sophistication that all aids in making the Ealing Penelope Cocktail.”

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.