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