Then head on down to Anchor & Den, located at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort and grab yourself a copy of their newly released gin booklet.
The booklet is filled with tasting notes and details on the wide range of gins available at Anchor & Den. In celebration of its launch, the Anchor & Den team has kindly shared a recipe for one of their most popular gin cocktails —Genever Spice — just scroll down to view the recipe below.
A Cayman booklet on gin
Anchor & Den, located in Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, released their first booklet on gin in 2017, celebrating the restaurant’s journey of gin exploration. Since then, they have continued to develop and expand their impressive gin offering, which now boasts some 40 gins from across the globe.
Anchor & Den even have their own locally made gin, in collaboration with local distillery Cayman Spirits Co. The citrus-forward gin was launched in 2017 and proved an instant hit with local gin lovers.
Continuing their love of gin, Anchor & Den recently introduced Gin-ius Fridays. The gin-inspired happy hour event takes place from 4 p.m. every Friday and features handcrafted gin-inspired cocktails, delicious food boards to be enjoyed and shared with friends and loved ones, as well as live music from the restaurant’s resident DJ.
“We love quality and authenticity in our cocktails at Anchor & Den, which explains our penchant for a classic gin and tonic,” Lee Parry, director of food and beverage at the Grand Cayman Marriott, said. “Crisp, refreshing and herbaceous, we believe it is the perfect endless summer drink. In the last few years, we have been on some fun adventures around the globe to discover and bring back the best gins to Cayman.”
Laura Skec, director of sales and marketing at the Grand Cayman Marriott, added: “A lot of passion went into the making of the second edition of our gin booklet. We designed and printed it in-house with the help of our food and beverage and creative teams. Our intention is to celebrate and share our love for gin with our guests and to offer a beautiful keepsake for them to take home with them. We also hope our passion encourages them to try out new gins during their own travels.”
A brief history of gin
Gin has seen a huge surge in popularity over recent years, with a host of new brands coming to market.
The juniper-based spirit has a long and storied history, where it can be traced back to the Middle Ages.
Gin was originally based on the Dutch spirit “jenever,” which consisted of a malt wine base combined with a healthy amount of juniper berries to disguise the wine’s unpalatable taste.
Jenever quickly became popular throughout Europe and, in particular, England where it gained the new moniker “gin.” Some historians state that the British were too intoxicated on this new drink to pronounce its full name, hence it became shortened to “gen,” eventually becoming “gin.”
Whatever the reason behind its shortened moniker, one thing is true, gin intoxication was rife in Britain, leading to the Gin Act of 1751, a parliamentary measure intended to crack down on the consumption of spirits, including gin. Thanks to raised taxes and licensing costs, gin soon fell out of favour as beer became considerably cheaper.
However, gin saw a revival courtesy of the British Royal Navy in the 1830s. England’s sailors often found themselves travelling to destinations where malaria was prevalent, so they brought quinine rations to help prevent and fight the disease. Quinine tasted notoriously awful, so drink’s brand Schweppes came out with an “Indian Tonic Water” to make it palatable.
London Dry gin accompanied the sailors on these voyages. It was in fashion at the time and made for better cargo than beer, which quickly spoiled in the sweltering bellies of the ships. Eventually the two liquids were combined to form what is now the classic gin and tonic.
Over the years, gin continued to fall in and out of favour, however, today gin has never been more popular. Whether you’re a purist and like to enjoy a classic gin and tonic, or prefer it mixed into a handcrafted cocktail, the gin craze shows no sign of abating.
Recipe: Genever Spice
(Courtesy of Anchor & Den)
The inspiration behind the Genever Spice cocktail came from combining the citrus-forward and fresh A&D Gin with the slight spiciness of ginger and balancing it out with sweet local honey.
1 ½ ounces A&D Gin
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
5 dashes, Angostura Bitters
¾ ounce St. Germain
1-ounce ginger black pepper syrup (recipe below)
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain and serve neat in a cocktail glass.
To make the ginger black pepper syrup
8-ounces raw peeled ginger
3 tablespoons black pepper
½ litre honey
½ litre water
Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Blend, strain, and set aside ready for use.