Raiders of the Lost Cocktail Cabinet VI – Gordon’s Lemon Gin

A few weeks back, we looked at my attempt to recreate Gordon’s Orange Gin. Well, for a long time this was partnered by a lemon gin and here is my recipe. Like its orange-flavoured counterpart, Gordon’s Lemon Gin was introduced in 1931 and was produced for 57 years until finally being discontinued in 1988.

Recently, I was lucky enough to try some of the original Lemon Gin; here are my notes:

A very strong pang of lemon, sweeter then expected and still quite smooth. I am surprised at how similar it is to the Orange Gin, as well as the fact that it is more intense then I expected. There is a slight muskiness from age.
So how did my re-creation fair?
#1) Own:
Very tart and sharp; the lemon comes through very strongly. Pretty good though.

#2) Windsor Jubilee
[20ml Lemon Gin, 10ml Lemon Juice, 10ml Cointreau – SHAKE]
Superb, but very tart; the sort of drink that makes you go, “Ooh!”. Very fresh, with the tartness neatly balanced by the sweetness of the Cointreau. Certainly worth trying.

#3) Gloucester Glory
[Equal Parts: Apricot Brandy:Dry Vermouth:Lemon Gin:Lemon Juice:Orange Juice – SHAKE]
Complex and citrus-like; a high-quality tropical fruit drink. This was one of the fruitiest short drinks I have ever had and, although it was a bit of a faff to make, it was very good.

#4) Thin Lady
[20ml Lemon Gin, 10ml Triple Sec, 5ml Egg white – SHAKE]
This is a variation of the White Lady. I found that the combined sweetness of the lemon gin and the triple sec makes this drink rather too sickly for my taste.

#5) Lemon Gin Martini
[20ml Lemon Gin, 5ml Dry Vermouth – SHAKE]
Sharp and crisp, similar to a Gimlet, but less sweet; I’d be intrigued to make a lime gin to try in this recipe. Very enjoyable to drink.

#6) Betty Dighton’s Mint
[25ml Lemon Gin, 10ml Orange Gin, 5ml Campari – SHAKE]
A complex, bitter drink; very heavy on the citrus, with a grapefruit-like bitterness. If you like sharp and bitter cocktails, this is worth a try.

#7) with Tonic
Lovely and tart. The lemon flavour is a natural fit for a Gin & Tonic and this is great.

#8) with Ginger Ale
Very similar to a Gin Buck; sharp as glass, but still very good.

#9) with Boiling Water
Pleasant enough; might be good before bed with a pinch of cinnamon.

#10) with Milk
An odd combination. Very similar in taste to the same drink using my recreation of orange gin, but not very good.

In Conclusion
Overall, I preferred the Lemon Gin to the Orange variety and I thought it was a recreation worth making. It’s easy to make too and the recipe can be found here.
The best cocktails were, without a doubt, the Windsor Jubilee and the Gloucester Glory.

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About DTS

partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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