Recipe For Tanqueray Gin Dragon Cocktail

Dave and I were invited to attend the Tanqueray Gin and Lindt Chocolate evening and I learnt so many new, and interesting things. Travis Kuhn who is a mixologist by profession was there to show us the ropes as far as cocktail making goes. Tanqueray is a premium brand luxury gin. There are only two brands of gin you will ever find in my fridge and Tanqueray is one of them. Juniper berries are believed to have healing properties and gin became popular in the 18th Century as people believed it prevented the Black Plague. This belief is what led to the gin industry in Gin Lane, London. Founded in 1830 by Charles Tanqueray, this London Dry Gin is crisp and clean. A pot still is used in the making of this brand, and the gin is wheat based with the other main ingredient being juniper berries. To get an idea of the taste sensation of Tanqueray gin, crush up some juniper berries and coriander seeds and smell them. Added to the juniper berries during the boil and before distillation are various botanicals, including angelica root, coriander and licorice. These scents of chamomile, grapefruit and lemon tell you what mixers will go well with Tanqueray Gin. It goes without saying that high quality produce has to be used to produce a high quality gin and Tanqueray follow this philosophy. The seeds are dried before they are used and Tom Nicholl, the distiller, rejects about 90% of the product he is sent.

Cocktail Making Kit For The Tanqueray Gin Dragon Cocktail
Cocktail Making Kit

The first cocktail I am sharing with you from the evening is the dragon. I love anything with wasabi and this cocktail paired so well with the Lindt excellence wasabi chocolate. I took an extra piece of the chocolate and left it to melt in my mouth long after Dave and I had finished drinking our dragon.

Tanqueray Gin Dragon Cocktail
Dragon

Tanqueray Gin Dragon Cocktail
 
Ingredients
  • 1.25mls wasabi powder / paste
  • 10mls simple syrup
  • 25mls Tanqueray Gin
  • 15mls lemon juice
  • 5cm piece of English cucumber, cut in half
Method
  1. Mix the wasabi into the simple syrup in a cocktail shaker
  2. Add the gin and the lemon juice
  3. Cut each piece of the cucumber into quarters and add to the shaker
  4. Muddle the cucumber until puréed
  5. Using the lid of your cocktail shaker as a measure, add 2 lids of ice
  6. Shake well and pour through the strainer into a chilled Martini glass

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Disclosure: Dave and I were invited to attend this event. I was not required to write a blog post about it. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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23 thoughts on “Recipe For Tanqueray Gin Dragon Cocktail

  1. I’m a bit of a gin fan and Tanqueray is firmly on my list of favourites. Great cocktail ideas.

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    1. Watch out for one more then Sally 🙂

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  2. Fantastic recipe! My husband and I are exploring various cocktails at home, I’ll make sure to put this on the list 🙂

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    1. Let me know what you think!

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  3. What a very appetizing cocktail! a must try, it is lovely presented too! MMMMMM!

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    1. Thank you Sophie 🙂

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  4. I love Tanqueray gin and have a bottle in stock – reckon Pete and I should make these when he is home again.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. I would not wait for Pete 😉

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  5. Wasabi in a drink, oh yes please
    Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today sharing the blog ♥ Pumpkin and apple pancakesMy Profile

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    1. I am thinking about using it in dessert as well 🙂

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  6. I love cocktails….but these days need to head for the non alchohilic variety, Tandy. This recipe looks delicious, though!

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    1. I shall have to try and turn my hand to some mocktails soon Kate 🙂

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  7. What a lovely recipe! I have not been a fan of gin until very recently and will have to try this cocktail at my next party. Loving the historical facts too.

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    1. Hi Tina, let me know what you think when you make it. Thanks for the visit 🙂

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  8. What an awesome cocktail idea. I wasn’t a big fan of gin until very recently. Loved the insight into the history of this refreshing spirit. I will have to try it at my next party.

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  9. Wow – I’m not usually one for cocktails but this one sounds amazing – and I have wasabi powder!

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    1. On a hot summers day, a cocktail is a perfect sundowner 🙂

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  10. Wasabi in a cocktail?! Now that sounds awesome.

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    1. It was awesome!

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  11. Now there is a function I would have enjoyed. Lovely post Tandy. I think the wasabi and gin was Jess’s favourite too xx

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    1. It was a fun evening! I have one more cocktail post coming up 🙂

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  12. Tanqueray is amongst my favourite gins. There are some very good “boutique” gin distillers, in London now, who are making wonderful gins. They do a run of 100 bottles at a time. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/03/james-baxter-city-of-london-distillery_n_2400359.html

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    1. We have a boutique distiller in SA that I really want to try. Thanks for the link Roger 🙂

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