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By Rebecca Weller contact

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Bottling the magic of the sea: Hendrick's new gin is inspired by the coastal walks and sound of the waves in Scotland
Bottling the magic of the sea: Hendrick's new gin is inspired by the coastal walks and sound of the waves in Scotland

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The drinks sector has been gearing up for summer this week with a new coastal-themed gin from Hendrick's and a new fruity offering from Greenall's launched alongside new products from Sheperd Neame, Galipette, Chandon, San Pellegrino, Coastal Reserve and restaurant chain Byron Burgers.

Hendrick's bottles magic of the Scottish coastline 

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Hendrick's Gin has expanded its portfolio with Hendrick's Neptunia (43.4% ABV), the latest creation from Master Distiller Ms. Lesley Gracie’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

Inspired by the distillers dog walks along the Scottish coastline while listening to the sound of the waves, the new offering from Hendrick's aims to bottle the magic of the sea, infused with coastal botanicals and boasting citrus notes.

To mark the launch, the gin company lit up three lighthouses with artistic projected transformations. 

The landmark lighthouses were Belle Tout in East Sussex, Bidston Lighthouse on The Wirral, and Girvan, home of the Hendrick’s Gin Palace, in Scotland, which were transformed by contemporary British artist, Claire Luxton, inspired by the history and landscape of each lighthouse and its local area, as well as the natural world around us.

Hendrick’s has also partnered with Project Seagrass, which is dedicated to the conservation of seagrass ecosystems, supporting with seagrass meadow restoration projects close to Scotland's Girvan Harbour Lighthouse and the Hendrick’s Gin Palace. 

Hendrick’s Neptunia Gin, RRP £30, is available now in 70cl bottles from Waitrose, Amazon and Clink*.

Serving suggestion:

Hendrick’s Neptunia Fizz

  • 50ml Hendrick’s NEPTUNIA                                                                                        
  • 25ml fresh lime
  • 25ml simple sugar syrup
  • Soda water
  • 3 slices of cucumber

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a highball glass filled with cubed ice
  • Stir gently
  • Top with soda water 
  • Garnish with 3 sliced rounds of cucumber

Chandon launches Garden Spritz 

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Chandon has branched into a new category with Garden Spritz (11.5% ABV), a ready to serve blend of sparkling wine and bitter-orange liqueur. 

The new spritz has been 4 years in the making with over 60 trial recipes by Chandon's artisanal winemaking team in Mendoza, Argentina, and combines Chandon's award-winning Brut sparkling, voted best Argentine sparkling wine at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2020, with the companys own artisanal bitter liqueur, crafted using fresh oranges and grapes, enhanced with botanicals, herbs and spices.

Chandon Garden Spritz, which contains up to 50% less sugar than an ordinary spritz, is ready to drink and best served over ice cubes and garnished with a slice of dried orange and a sprig of rosemary. 

Chandon president Sibylle Scherer said: “We all need something refreshing and uncomplicated for those sunny days on that favourite secret rooftop with friends, or a garden party in the local park with neighbours, and we believe Chandon Garden Spritz is the answer to those effortless moments of connection.”

Chandon Garden Spritz is available online now at Ocado, Whole foods Market Clos19 and Majestic in 75cl Bottles at RRP £20. 

Rare French apples take centre stage in Galipette's new offering 

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Award-wining cider brand, Galipette, has launched new offering Rosé Sku (4% ABV).

Galipette's latest craft cider offering is made with rare red-flesh apples, Pommes à Chair Rouge, from the orchards of Brittany and Normandy, which give it its authentic rosé character, taste, and deep amber colour, allowing the hand-picked French apples to take centre stage, without any unnecessary sugars, sweeteners or additives.

The lightly textured rosé cider, which is gluten free and vegan friendly, offers notes of fresh berries and aromas of blackcurrant leaf and is made using traditional artisan methods of keeving & wild yeast fermentation, preventing the yeast from fully fermenting the cider apples so their natural and fruity sweetness remains.

Galipette, which won Category Champion in the Bartenders Brands Awards in April 2021 and 2022, Rosé is available now alongside the brands other products from Waitrose in 330ml bottles at RRP £2. 

Greenall's launch fruity Pineapple serve 

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Greenall's latest fruity gin offering has burst onto the market in time for summer.

Available to the UK on-trade in 70cl and 1L bottles now, Greenall's Pineapple (37.5% ABV) balances both sweet and tart tastes with no artificial sweeteners or added sugar.

As well as the new product launch Greenall's, which has won the International Spirits Challenge Gin Distiller of the Year award 5 times, will be sponsoring Pub in The Park for the third year running, with Greenall’s Pineapple Gin sold alongside the brands other serves such as Greenall’s Original and Greenall’s Wild Berry.

UK & EMEA at Greenall’s brand owner, Quintessential Brands, customer marketing director, Russell Kirkham, said: “We’re delighted to be introducing Greenall’s Pineapple Gin to the market and helping customers to give their guests new and exciting ways to enjoy quality gin.

"In a category that is continually innovating, our pineapple flavour proposition is a real differentiator for Greenall’s. With the rich, coloured liquid, it’s a gin that will catch the eye on the back bar and with 72% of consumers saying they would purchase a gin with this flavour, Greenall’s Pineapple is set to be a big hit this summer.”  

Serving Suggestion:

Gin Colada

Ingredients:
  • 50ml Greenall’s Pineapple Gin
  • 75ml pineapple juice
  • 50ml coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice
  • Frozen pineapple chunks
  • Toasted coconut
Method:
  • Blend together all of the Gin Colada ingredients (except for the ice cubes) until fully combined
  • Add the ice and pulse a few times until the ice cubes become crushed
  • Pour into a glass and sprinkle with toasted coconut

Sheperd Neame announces limited edition ale 

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Independent family brewer Shepherd Neame has teamed up with family-run business, Paynes Bee Farm, to launch a new golden-amber honey ale, May Bee (4.3% ABV).

May Bee offers malt and sweet honey flavours, balanced with peppery spice, fruit notes and floral aromas, while crystal malt gives the ale a deep golden hue, with oats used to create smooth mouth feel.

Shepherd Neame technical brewer Danielle Whelan said: “With spring in the air, May Bee is the perfect pint as the weather brightens up, offering drinkers a well-rounded yet complex beer. 

“The team and I had a lot of fun brewing May Bee, carefully pouring the honey into the coppers by hand to ensure the sweet flavour and aromas were imparted into the brew as late in the process as possible.

"We are confident our newest beer will create quite a buzz with drinkers.”

The bee farm, famed for its polyhives and nestled in the village of Hassocks, West Sussex, is just 90 minutes from the Sheperd Neame brewery.

Paynes Bee Farm third generation beefarmer Roger Paynes said: “Paynes is now celebrating its 100th year, retaining its traditional beekeeping methods and family values at the heart of the business. 

"We believe this is what has made Paynes so successful over the years and there is nothing we love more than seeing our honey being used in collaboration with other independent companies, like Shepherd Neame, that share the same core values."

May Bee was launched in selected Shepherd Neame pubs on Wednesday (6 April), and will be available throughout April and May. 

Take an aperitivo moment 

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As cocktail consumption and the popularity of low and no alcohol serves continues to rise, Sanpellegrino launches a range of super premium mixers.

The Sanpellegrino mixers range includes Tonica Citrus, Tonica Oakwood, Limonata, Aranciata, and brand-new Ginger Beer and Tastefully Light Tonic, aiming aims to bring people together in the Italian way through traditional aperitivo moments, created to uplift shared drinking occasions, whether mixing into a cocktail, elevating a mocktail or serving over ice with a slice

SanPellegrino UK brand manager Michela Tasso said: “We can see early evening consumption from 5pm to 8pm, known in Italy as the aperitivo moment, keeps growing and a strong cocktail offering provides great benefits to outlets; with cocktails accounting for 7% of total venue food and drink sales in 2021, compared to just 4% in 2019 (according to CGA Managed Volume Pool August 2021​).

"Italian to our core, this ‘aperitivo hour’ is something we have always embraced at SanPellegrino and are delighted we can now enhance this moment with the launch of our new Italian mixers range.”

The new range is available to purchase online and in the on-trade directly from Nestle Waters.

Serving suggestion:

Ingredients:

  • 10cl Sanpellegrino Aranciata
  • 1cl bitter Italian aperitif 
  • 1 orange wedge, placed ¾ in the glass and serve immediately

Method:

  1. Fill a tumbler glass with ice
  2. Add the Aranciata and Italian aperitif
  3. Stir gently with a bar spoon
  4. Garnish with an orange wedge

Not a 'dill'

Byron Pickle Beer

Launched on Friday 1 April, not as an April Fools prank, restaurant chain Byron Burger's latest offering introduced the UK to pickle beer, made with a Saison beer base and combining a dry tart acidity with a herbal dill infusion. 

Byron Pickle Beer (4.5% ABV) was created to be the perfect accompaniment to burgers, following a poll of 2,000 people nationwide having showed 51% of those surveyed agreed pickles were a must have ingredient when enjoying a burger, be it meat or vegan.

Furthermore, a third of 18-34 year olds agreed the pickle was the perfect hangover snack and, according to Byron, it has been scientifically proven the sodium and potassium in pickles is why most people like the little green snack when hungover, making Byron Pickle Beer the ultimate hair of the dog.

Byron Pickle Beer is available in restaurants or from Deliveroo now at RRP £4.99.

Hard Seltzer goes craft 

Sunshiiine

Rivalling mass-produced Hard Seltzer's, Sunshiiine offers a gluten-free, plant-based, fresh and juicy alcoholic drink with real juice at only 93 calories a serving.

Sunshiiine was created in Manchester by two friends with the aim of launching a ready to drink serve with all the taste but none of the added sugar and, after 2 years of blood oranges, sweat and tears, the brand was launched in January 2022 with two flavours in its portfolio. 

Mexican Lime

Vibrant zesty lime, with tart Apple, and a twist of Ginger. The perfect partner in crime for that spicy Burrito, or anything with a fiery kick.

Sicilian Blood Orange

Tangy Blood Orange, tart Hibiscus and a kick of Ginger are your easy-sipping sidekicks for the sun lounger— or the sofa. Perfectly blended to play nicely with your favourite Italian dishes.

Sunshiiine is available for the on-trade now with free next delivery direct from uryyb@fhafuvvvar.pbz​ at RRP between £5 and £5.50.

Treasury Wine

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Another coastal themed new product to round of this weeks list, Treasury Wine Estates, known for brands such as 19 Crimes and Wolf Blass, has expanded its on-trade exclusive range of vegan certified wines, Coastal Reserve, with the launch of an Italian Pinot Grigio, availble in 75cl bottles with an RRP of £19.55 on Vivino. 

Coastal Reserve Pinot Grigio (13.5% ABV), the fourth serve in the wine range, has been created to provide consumers with a more sustainable choice, by minimising the environmental impact of the brand through using light-weight bottles and labels made from 100% recycled paper.

Furthermore, throughout 2021 Coastal Reserve partnered with not-for-profit organisation, Plastic Oceans Europe, donating £25,000 in profits to date, with the partnership set to continue during 2022 with focus on raising awareness around sustainability and encouraging consumers to make informed choices in order to reduce plastic pollution.

Boasting notes of fresh citrus, green apple, and honey, the new wine joins the brands other variants including a Merlot from Spain, Sauvignon Blanc from France and Pinot Grigio Rosato from Italy.

If you have any new products being released to the on-trade, email the details with high resolution images before Thursday at midday for potential inclusion on Friday’s article to rebecca.weller@wrbm.com​​​​​​​​​​​​​. 

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