We're all about celebrating local wins—even better when it's gin!
Sheringham Distillery’s Seaside Gin was recently named Best Contemporary Gin in the World at the 2019 World Gin Awards. Established only four years ago, the Vancouver Island-based craft artisan distiller is the brainchild of husband and wife Jason and Alayne MacIsaac. Walking, one day, alongside the water at French Beach (near the distillery’s first home in Shirley), their olfactory senses were overwhelmed with the simultaneous aromas of nearby rose bushes (it was the end of Nootka rose season), the forest and the ocean. “We looked at each other,” recalls Jason, “and thought, ‘We have to get this feeling into a bottle.”
Seaside Gin’s complex yet impeccably balanced flavour profile comes from juniper (the source of its piney, lightly forest-like notes), rose and lavender, citrus, coriander, cardamom and, most crucially, local, sustainably harvested winged kelp, which gives it its uniquely subtle brininess. The result is as refreshing as the sort of waterfront stroll that inspired it. —Vita Daily
1-1/2 oz Sheringham Seaside Gin
1/2 oz St-Germain
3/4 oz sparkling elderflower juice
1/4 oz maple syrup
1/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz loganberry or strawberry purée
Combine over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.