Gin maker Hendrick’s partners 20 bars across Singapore to introduce Hendrick’s Absinthe in cocktail form from now till 23 October 2022.

Hendrick’s Absinthe.

Absinthe. From Hendrick’s.

Of all the things to expect from uniquely unusual gin maker Hendrick’s Gin, we weren’t quite expecting absinthe. More irreverent gins from Hendrick’s Master Distiller Lesley Gracie’s Cabinet of Curiosities, such as the recent seaside-inspired Neptunia or moonstruck Lunar Gin, perhaps. Some barrel-aged gin, using an obscure cask type, maybe.

Not absinthe.

But the signs were there. Back in 2017 Hendrick’s released the Hendrick’s Orbium, a gin that was made with the addition of wormwood, aside from quinine as well as the usual Hendrick’s botanicals like rose and cucumber. Wormwood is sometimes used in gin, but it’s the primary ingredient in absinthe. It gives the spirit its signature anise flavour.

So basically Hendrick’s decided to go all the way with wormwood, and created its take on one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated categories in the spirits world.

Enter Hendrick’s Absinthe.

“Absinthe has this incredibly rich history steeped in mystery and was for many years feared, but it really shouldn’t be as it is such an amazing liquid. It is really a cousin to gin, in that it is a botanically flavoured spirit – just with a different palette of botanicals to play with,” said Hendrick’s Master Distiller Lesley Gracie.

Bottled at the lower end of the absinthe ABV spectrum at 48% – traditional blends can go up to a fiery 74% – Hendrick’s version combines the two traditional botanicals in absinthe, ‘Artemisia absinthium’ (best known as wormwood) as well as star anise but adds its own special touch with seven additional botanicals including Hendrick’s Gin’s signature infusions of rose and cucumber.

“For me, star anise has always had star quality, and I’ve been playing with its magical flavours in the background for years. Now, there is enough curiosity and desire to explore new dimensions within drinks to release our absinthe experiment to the world. I’ve added the rose and cucumber we put into Hendrick’s Gin – the rose adds a floral element and the cucumber a fresh dimension, which you don’t necessarily expect from an absinthe,” Gracie explained.

Hendrick's Absinthe - Nutmeg & Clove - After All, Is It Not Green
Nutmeg & Clove’s Hendrick’s Absinthe cocktail ‘After All, Is It Not Green’ combines the unique absinthe, Clarified Cucumber & Cilantro Cordial, DOM Benedictine, and Orange Bitters.

Curious to try? The bad news is you can’t exactly try Hendrick’s Absinthe on its own. It’s that limited. Instead Hendrick’s has partnered some 20 bars across Singapore to offer cocktails made with its new iconoclastic creation. From now till 23 October 2022 you can get to try Hendrick’s Absinthe cocktail from some of the best bars in town, including some of our favourite watering holes such as Jigger & Pony, Nutmeg & Clove, Stay Gold and Sugarhall, among others.

“Hendrick’s has always endeavoured to inspire moments of delightful peculiarity, and we attribute a large part of our success in kindling curiousity amongst imbibers to the imagination of Singapore’s talented community of bartenders,” said Charmaine Thio, Southeast Asia Brand Ambassador for Hendrick’s.

“With the addition of Hendrick’s Absinthe to our existing line-up of gins, we’re thrilled to be able to introduce a new and incredibly versatile medium for this spirited group of cocktail artists to experiment and express their creativity in even more unconventional ways,” Thio added.

Head down to these bars and check out their unconventional absinthe-laden concoctions this month:

    1. ATLAS
    2. Barbary Coast (Ballroom)
    3. Barbary Coast (Deadfall)
    4. Employees Only Singapore
    5. Fat Prince
    6. Jekyll & Hyde
    7. Jigger & Pony
    8. Low Tide
    9. Manhattan
    10. Night Hawk
    11. Nutmeg & Clove
    12. Papa Doble
    13. Revival
    14. Sago House
    15. Stay Gold Flamingo
    16. Sugarhall
    17. Tess Bar
    18. Writers Bar
    19. The Bar @ 15 Stamford
    20. Nemesis 

For more information on Hendrick’s Absinthe and its availability at bars across Singapore, please visit @hendricksginsea on Instagram.

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