Here's an exciting new discovery for you: Citadelle Reserve Gin.
French Law dictates that Cognac may only be distilled between the beginning of November and the end of March. This leads to some perfectly good distilleries, together with their distilling teams, being essentially dormant for 6 months of the year.
A particularly creative solution to this predicament was created by the team at Pierre Ferrand Cognac. Using an incredibly complex 18th century recipe of 19 different botanicals, this gin is finished by ageing for 6 months in Cognac barrels. It's truly a unique approach, and creates a stunning, herbaceous gin, quite unlike any other I've ever tried.
To make the most of this gin, I set about making a martini (the king of white spirit cocktails).
Starting out with a wash of Strega, to accentuate the herbaceous nature of the base spirit, I simply stir 50ml of Citadelle Reserve over ice, and double strain into a martini glass.
The clever bit comes in the garnish - an atomised mist of cognac. Naturally, I opted for Ferrand cognac. In this instance, I seem to have misplaced my atomiser, so a bit of improvisation later, I dismantled a water spray more often used for watering plants, and used this to spray a fine mist of the cocktail. This results in a wonderful aroma (rather than taste, per se) of cognac around the glass.
Finish with a thick twist of orange zest, and we're good to go.
I've even made you a video to show you how it's done.