The Ivy and Chase team up for new Centenary Gin

Location: England

The Ivy and the Herefordshire-based Chase Distillery have joined forces to create a new gin to mark the restaurant’s 100th Anniversary.

The liquid was created in collaboration with the Ivy’s bar team, using English ivy and other wild, herbal and aromatic botanicals. The Ivy leaf was steeped alongside juniper, spruce needles, sage leaf, coriander, and bitter almond, with the resulting flavour said to be distinctly piney, with light, fresh herbal and citrus notes to finish.

Darren Ball, bar manager at The Ivy said: ‘Gin has always played an important role in the history of The Ivy, with bartenders serving up classic gin cocktails from the 1920’s onwards.

‘It remains one of our most popular spirits and it seemed only right that we should recognise this celebratory year with a commemorative spirit. The Ivy Centenary Gin works beautifully in classic serves such as a G&T or Dry Martini, where the herbal and pine notes shine through.’

The Ivy will serve several new cocktails to mark the launch of the gin, including the Carminetta Fizz, named after a play that opened in The West End in 1917, the year The Ivy opened. It uses includes a blackberry and pine shrub, lime juice and ginger ale.

William Chase of Chase Distillery adds: ‘We are proud to be producing this very special Centenary Gin for such an iconic fixture on the British restaurant scene. We’re now in our tenth year at Chase Distillery, I hope we celebrate our own centenary in such style as The Ivy.’

As well as being sold at the The Ivy, West Street and at all The Ivy Collection restaurants, Ivy Centenary Gin is available to purchase from John Lewis from late-October priced at £50 for a limited-edition gift box.

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Claire Dodd

As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

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