Richmond distillery, Brogan’s Way is all about innovation, and they’ve turned an Aussie lolly classic into a gin. Do you remember the strawberries and cream Allen’s lollies? Well, now you can get that in gin.
The Strawberries and Cream flavour were conceived by Brogan during one of 2021’s lockdowns. She started a small-scale trial on her lab bench and tested flavour ideas, fruit extracts and colour stability. After a year of development, this delectable seasonal product is ready for gin lovers to enjoy.
The final product is a fresh, bright gin full of strawberry flavour. rue to its name, the delicate zesty juniper notes are perfectly complemented by the strawberry sweetness and the deliciously rich texture of distilled cream.
“I wanted to get the truest strawberry flavour without overshadowing the bright gin character, as well as finding the right level of sweetness to make the strawberries pop,” said Brogan.
As part of the development process, Brogan needed to find the right strawberries and as luck would have it a close friend knew the family that own Bidgee Strawberries and Cream near Wagga Wagga. In one taste Brogan knew she had the ideal fruit, which is rich and creamy with a balance of sweetness and acid, and she set to work on scaling up the recipe.
To create the cream flavour, Brogan is uniquely distilling Victorian cream and mixing it with the gin and strawberries.
“My aim was to keep the freshness of the strawberry fruit flavour balanced against the zesty, spicy, floral notes of juniper and introduce the textural qualities and deliciousness of cream to give the final product the truest fruit and cream character.”
Strawberries and Cream Gin can be enjoyed simple serve as the perfect pink G&T with favourite tonic water and garnished with slices of fresh strawberry. Or the flavoured spirit can be used to create delicious cocktails, such as Strawberry Smash with lime juice, simple syrup and fresh strawberries, of which the recipe is on the bottle.
The Strawberries and Cream Gin are available to purchase online and at Brogan’s Way Distillery & Cocktail Bar at 61 North Street, Richmond.
It will be the featured product on the Brogan’s Way stand and available to purchase at the Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show from June 3-5.
Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.
Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.
You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.
As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.