Peter Rabbit inspires winning ‘English garden twist’ with No 3 Gin

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Wayne Chapman of City Social in the City of London has won a competition run for No 3 Gin, taking inspiration from Peter Rabbit to use carrots in his recipe.

His drink, Mr Tod’s Redemption (pictured), featured homemade clementine cordial along with a carrot and ginger puree, finished off with a pinch of carrot salt.

He was inspired by The Tale of Mr Tod by Beatrix Potter, where Peter Rabbit has to work with his enemy Mr Tod the fox to help rescue Benjamin Bunny’s children, stolen by evil badger Tommy Brock.

Bartenders from across the UK entered the 2014 No 3 Gin Cocktail Competition, run by brand owner Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits. It tied in with the brand’s summer residency with The Gin Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London.

It set them the challenge of creating an “English garden twist” on the classic Gin Cocktail featured in US bartender Jerry Thomas’s 1862 book The Bartender’s Guide: How To Mix Drinks. With the classic combination of sweet, sour, strong, weak and citrus, the book’s recipe used gin, syrup, bitters, curaçao liqueur and lemon peel.

The cocktails were judged by Amanda Humphrey of cocktail and training team Mixxit, Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits’ product training manager Amanda Baxter, and Matt Fairhurst, bar manager of City Social and 2013 winner of the No 3 Gin Cocktail Competition. It was held in Roundhay Park in Leeds.

Amanda said: “Following a hugely successful summer of botanical-inspired G&Ts at Kew Gardens, we extended this theme into 2014’s competition, challenging our finalists not only to investigate seasonal ingredients but also to bring a personal touch through their own translation of an ‘English Garden’.

“Our winner Wayne combined a wonderful story with inspired homemade ingredients and flawless cocktail technique.”

Wayne won a Berry Bros & Rudd experience starting with an exclusive lunch for him plus one in the 300-year-old private Director’s Dining room at No 3 St James’s Street, the home of Berry Bros & Rudd, before continuing to the nearby Dukes Hotel for its renowned No 3 Gin Martinis.

He also won tickets to a show of his choice at the Royal Albert Hall, where Berry Bros & Rudd opened its No 3 Gin bar in 2012, followed by a night of luxury five-star accommodation at Dukes Hotel.

Mr Tod’s Redemption by Wayne Chapman

50ml No 3 Gin
10ml Lemon juice
10ml Campari
10ml Clementine cordial (homemade)
30ml Carrot and ginger puree (homemade)
Pinch of carrot salt

Shake ingredients and serve with a ginger tuile. Wayne presented the cocktail in a picnic basket complete with checked blanket and the scent of freshly cut grass sprayed into the air.

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