Sharish Gin

This delightful colour changing blue to pink gin is distilled in a traditional portuguese copper still, and it uses a combination of 9 botanicals carefully selected: Juniper, Cinnamon, Coriander seeds, Clove, Vanilla, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Bravo Esmolfe Apple PDO (Protected designation of origin) and Lemon verbena. to produce a sensational and attractive gin.

A new portuguese gin produced in Alentejo by António Cuco gets its name because of the village MONSARAZ. “Sharish” means ‘xara’ or ‘jara’, which is the Cistus ladanifer, used during the muslim presence. So Mont Sharish means hill raised in an impenetrable amount of cistus, giving origin to the name Monsaraz.

Distilled in a traditional portuguese copper still it uses a combination of 9 botanicals carefully selected: Juniper, Cinnamon, Coriander seeds, Clove, Vanilla, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Bravo Esmolfe Apple PDO (Protected designation of origin) and Lemon verbena . With the particularity that the last four botanicals are used fresh. Due to the diferent characteristics and points of evaporation, the botanicals slowly distillate separately, allowing a greater quality in the final distillation. During the process, all the impurities are removed so the result is as limpid as possible.

GIN SHARISH it’s a smooth gin with a unique aroma. Very citric specialy from the orange zest and a sweet flavour from the Bravo Esmolfe Apple and from the vanilla. The juniper it’s also easy to identify considering the softer notes of cloves and coriander seeds. At the final we can taste a little spike coming from the Lemon verbena.

António Cuco and his Gin Sharish not cease to amaze and now present Sharish – Blue Magic.

Among the botanicals we can find strawberries, raspberries, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon, angelica root, ginger, licorice, coriander seeds and clear juniper. The star of this new Gin it’s a flower named Clitoria ternatea that gives the Gin a blue tone without the use of artificial coloring. According to the producer this Gin has a “magic touch” because when added to tonic water the mixture of liquids passes from blue to a light pink. This new release celebrates the first year of life of the Sharish project in the best way.

So what makes it blue and why does it turn pink when you add tonic water?

One of the key botanicals in Sharish Blue Magic is Clitoria ternatea. More commonly known as Butterfly Pea it is a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family. This plant is native to tropical equatorial Asia, but has been introduced to Africa, Australia and America. It is a perennial herbaceous plant, with elliptic, obtuse leaves. It grows as a vine or creeper, doing well in moist, neutral soil. The most striking feature about this plant is the color of its flowers, a vivid deep blue; solitary, with light yellow markings.

The blue pigment which comes from the Butterfly Pea during the distillation process changes with alterations in pH level (i’e with the addition of acid or alkaline). In the instance of gin and tonic the tonic water contains citric acid which when added to the gin alters the pH level and therefore turns the drink from blue to pink.

Different tonic waters will have different levels of pH and as such you may find when adding tonic water to the gin you will see varying shades of pink in the finished drink depending on what tonic water you use.

In the video below we used 1724 natural tonic water which does have added citric acid in it.  A brand like Thomas Henry or one of the others we stock at Hammonds of Knutsford might give a different result.

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Sharish Gin – Perfect Serve

  • Take a large coppa glass
  • Fill with decent sized cubes of fresh ice
  • Add a 50ml measure of Sharish Blue Magic Gin
  • Add 150ml of tonic water poured slowly down a bar spoon onto the ice
  • Add a slice of fresh orange or a slice of freshly sliced red apple
  • Give the finished drink 1 stir clockwise and settle back and enjoy.
Sharish Gin