A new wave of cordials and shrubs have hit the on-trade with the launch of products such as Nonsuch Shrubs and Paragon, Alex Kratena’s range of cordials in collaboration with syrup company Monin. Now, Belgian brand Gimber is bolstering the category in the UK with its ginger concentrate.
Made from Peruvian ginger, lemon, spices, herbs and cane sugar, Gimber was created as an alternative to alcoholic drinks by Dimitri Oosterlynck.
Oosterlynck, a former animator, founded the brand 18 months ago, developing the recipe in his kitchen and eventually scaling up the operation. He has just made the product available in the UK.
‘I originally developed Gimber to be topped with sparkling water, but now I’ve seen people using it so many different ways,’ he told Imbibe when we paid a visit to the brand’s stand at Bar Convent Berlin.
Upon tasting the stuff, it’s easy to see why – the concentrate is versatile and, frankly, delicious. It has a big, fiery ginger flavour, with a spicy kick that’s mitigated by a light sweetness. It’s a natural choice for a Dark & Stormy, but Oosterlynck also recommended it with Green Chartreuse. We reckon this one is worth a try.
RRP £22.40, Gimber