One of the many lovely perks of my job is that I get sent free booze all the time. Yes, I know it is awesome. And no, I am not going to share. Well, I actually take that back. Since I cannot physically invite all of you over for cocktails every Friday night, I try to do the next best thing… create delicious spirits recipes for you. Today I have a super special treat for you, my lovely readers. I was sent this delightful box from Malfy Gin, an Italian spirits company that clearly knows their way around gorgeous product packaging. Seriously, this was almost too pretty to disassemble! Unlike most gins whose main flavor is juniper, Malfy’s key botanical additions are lemon peels sourced from the Italian coastline. The alcohol is distilled by the Vergnano family in Moncalieri, using a traditional method of stilling in stainless steel vacuums. Paying homage to it’s roots, the Malfy crest is an interpretation of a famous rowing race held between the four ancient kingdoms of Italy each year. The blue represents the Mediterranean and the yellow represents lemons.
I will be honest, I had heard of Malfy Gin before but had never had the opportunity to try it. Not only was the presentation visually stunning, the flavor was delightfully complex. It had the traditional flavor of gin, but with a hint of lemon in each sip that was perfectly balanced and surprisingly refreshing. All in all, if you’re looking for a unique gin for your liquor cabinet then this is a good one to have. So in honor of the company’s Mediterranean heritage, I created a summery take on the classic gin martini. Time to stretch your mixology muscles my friends, it’s time to make The Malfy Anise…
- 1 1/2 ounce of Malfy Gin
- 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth
- 1/2 ounce of anise liqueur
- Juice from half a lemon
- Anise star and lemon slice for garnish
- Add the gin, vermouth, and anise liqueur to a martini or coup glass.
- Squeeze the lemon half over the drink.
- Garnish with an anise star and lemon slice. Enjoy!
Special thanks to Malfy Gin for spoiling me and letting me loose on their product. Get more of their delightfulness here!