There is a certain euphoria that comes with the discovery of a perfect combination of food and alcohol. This is one reason why chefs love recommending a perfect beverage to complement your choice of dish. In this article, we will be discussing about one of the most popular beverage of all time, The Gin – specifically Gin of Singapore origin. Although there are many different flavour profiles to this drink, the ones that stand out the most are those with floral, fruity, and spicy notes. The differences in their origins brings about the harmony of the flavours when consumed with different styles of cuisine.
When we think about Gins that are distinctly unique to us, the first distillery that came to mind is Singapore’s very own Brass Lion Distillery. They have 3 novel flavoured Gins that are designed to appeal to both connoisseurs and first-timers alike. To provide you with a truly immersive experience, we have curated 3 perfect platters that are compatible with the gin of your choice.
Brass Lion Singapore Dry Gin (& Tonic)
Brass Lion Singapore Dry Gin (& Tonic) is a bottle filled with Singapore’s multicultural essence. The award-winning Gin has a unique and unforgettable flavour profile that compliments some of the most popular food items unique to Singapore. The tropical, citrusy notes with slight spiciness is a perfect accompaniment to light seafood flavours found in one of our local favourites – the Hokkien Mee.
There are times when you just want to binge on something hearty, flavourful and filled with spice. The Singaporean Dry Gin can enhance the taste of unique Singapore dishes like chili crab or sambal stingray. The aromatic torch ginger flower and lemongrass adds a nuanced layer to the otherwise tangy flavour of the tomato. The ginger acts as a palate changer, enhancing the taste of the dishes every single time you take a bite. Lastly, don’t forget to add a squeeze of calamansi juice and rosemary.
Brass Lion Singapore Dry Gin (500ml) retails at $88.
Butterfly Pea Gin (& Tonic)
The Butterfly Pea Gin (& Tonic) is a delightfully floral gin with a sweet smell and a tangy-earthy aftertaste. Its mellow flavour comes from one very distinctive Peranakan ingredient, the Butterfly Pea flower. Its flowery and piney taste is best suited for dishes with roots vegetables like radishes and carrots. We recommend enjoying your beloved fried carrot cake with this particular gin because of its clean mouth feel. Its sweeter tone harmonises perfectly with the spiciness of the chili sauce that we usually eat with the carrot cake.
The Butterfly Pea Gin also flatters items that use copious amounts of spices and coconut milk, like Laksa and Chicken Satay. The honey-like lavender aftertaste skilfully brings down the heat of the laksa while still keeping its taste. The floral-lavender profile heightens the taste of the shrimp and coconut cream while the citrus cuts through the heaviness, so it doesn’t taste so “jelak”.
Butterfly Pea Gin (500ml) retails at $98
Pahit Pink Gin (on the rocks or with ginger beer)
The Pahit Pink Gin provides a unique Singaporean twist to the ever classic Pink Gin. The full-bodied spiced gin with mandarin orange flavour can easily be paired with an innumerable amount of Singapore classic dishes. This Gin is perfect with a hearty bowl of Dark Bak Kut teh (Hokkien-style). Adding a dash of it into the broth adds even more character to the yummy herbal mixture. Let the delicious concoction warm you up during the colder nights! The bitters of this gin are also really well suited with meaty dishes, particularly piquant ones. Dishes like the Black Pepper Crab, Braised Pig Trotters, Crispy Roasted Pork belly (Sio Bak), or duck dishes like the Hokkien Braised Duck (Lor Ark) are perfect companions to the Pahit Pink Gin.
In fact, the complex botanicals in this Gin works well with any cuisine that involves the Chinese five spices. Your journey with this popular beverage doesn’t end with just the main dishes. If you are someone who likes your gin neat, have it with sweeter desserts like the Beancurd (Tau Huay).
Pahit Pink Gin (500ml) retails at $98.
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