Cocktails & Recipies

Corpse Reviver #144

By Martin Wood at Seven Dining in Christchurch

A riff on the ‘#2’, this drink really showcases the herbaceous qualities of this vermouth.

  • 30ml 144 Islands Dry Vermouth #1
  • 30ml Gin
  • 20ml Pierre Ferran Dry Curacao
  • 20ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Pinch of salt

  1. Shake with ice and fine strain
  2. Serve in a chilled coup with a thin orange twist

A riff on the ‘#2’, this drink really showcases the herbaceous qualities of this vermouth. It replaces lillet blanc as the wine element and allows for the omission of absinthe, which not everyone is willing to stock at home. The result is super balanced and refreshing, bursting with citrus and vegetal notes. Historic and zesty.

144 Islands Vermouth No.1

Vermouth #1 by 144 Islands is a white base wine of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Chardonnay. Fortified to 22% abv with grain-based spirit, approx. 15-18 g/L residual sugar. Kerikeri Lemon, Kumarahou, Kawakawa, Tarata, Pink Peppercorn, Manuka and Kanuka Flowers foraged by hand by owner, Jake and his son Remy. Botanicals macerated in alcohol, then distilled through rotary evaporation and added back to base wine at fortification.

Stranger & Sons Gin

Stranger & Sons is an ode to contemporary India and its cultural diversity – the colours, the customs, the chaos, and the peaceful co-existence of it all.

They chose inherently Indian botanicals that they believe represent their country’s diversity, to create a spirit that celebrates India’s agricultural history in a way no other spirit can. Juniper, coriander seeds, liquorice, nutmeg, mace, black pepper, angelica root, cassia bark and a citrus peel mix (Nagpur Oranges, known to be one of the best mandarin varieties in the world. Gondhoraj Lemon, also known as ‘King of fragrance’. Mosambi, also known as Indian bergamot or sweet lime, and finally, Nimbu, sourced locally from the garden behind the distillery.)

You can look at the above botanical list and see some repeated in many other gins the world over, but the beauty of the Stranger & Sons’ botanicals is that the spices are all sourced locally and haven’t travelled for thousands of miles to get to the still. The clarity and freshness shines through in this delectable spirit.