Hendrick's Midsummer Solstice Gin
[1] Don’t let the summery flowers and lavender label give the wrong impression: This floral gin is a delight for anyone who loves gin botanicals (photo courtesy Hendrick’s Gin).

Epare Jumbo Ice Cube Trays
[2] These ice cube trays make jumbo ice cubes, twice the size of standard cubes (photo courtesy Eparé).

 

Two Father’s Day gifts we’re giving this year: Hendricks Midsummer Solstice limited release gin, and Eparé jumbo ice cube trays, for the ultimate on-the-rocks experience.
 
 
HENDRICK’S MIDSUMMER SOLSTICE LIMITED EDITION GIN

The latest expression from Hendrick’s Gin, created at the newly-opened Hendrick’s Gin Palace in Girvan, Scotland.

The new expression captures “nature’s flavors and aromas at the peak of summer,” per Master Distiller Lesley Gracie, who also created the original Hendrick’s Gin. “…For this new expression I’ve hand-selected each floral essence to capture this intensity,” she notes.

The packaging (photo #1) features a deep purple bottle with lavender labels. The gin is clear, as always.

But don’t think that summer flowers and lavender labels mean “feminine.”

This is a full-on gin that’s perfect for sippers who enjoy the botanicals in a glass of gin, straight-up or on-the-rocks.

While Hendrick’s has created special cocktails to show off the new gin, we think that the best way to enjoy the uniqueness of any particular expression of spirits is to drink it “as is,” without the layering of other flavors or aromas.

But there are plenty of recipes online, starting with this Midsummer Spritz.

Once the small batch of bottles is gone, it’s gone forever. So in addition to Father’s Day gifts, we picked up an extra couple of bottles; maybe for gifting later on, maybe to remain in our personal stock.

For more information, visit HendricksGin.com.
 
 
EPARÉ JUMBO ICE CUBES

Eparé’s Clear Ice System has created trays for jumbo ice cubes: They’re two inches square!

They’re not just eye-catching: The larger the cube, the slower it melts.

Each ice cube tray makes six cubes (as compared to the traditional dozen regular cubes), $ 15.99 for a set of two trays.

The ice cube trays have lids, to protect the cubes from migrating aromas and freezer detritus.

Get yours at Empare.com, or at Overstock, Target, Wayfair and other retailers.

 
TIP: For flawless, clear ice cubes every time, use distilled water; or boil tap water twice, and let cool.

You can also use the trays to make:

  • Ice cream squares.
  • Ice cubes decorated with fruits or flowers (here’s how).
  •  
    Here are more uses for ice cube trays.

      


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