Heston Blumenthal Develops Brand Of Gin and Tea; We Make No Snoop Dogg References

Recently we’ve been reading Ruth Bourdain’s memoir, Comfort Me With Offal, and she aptly points out that restaurant writers too often insert lines from popular hip-hop songs to “enliven any restaurant review.”

We’ve often been accused of doing the exact same thing. So here is our solemn vow: if we can make it through this story about Heston Blumenthal designing a line of tea-flavored gin for the British chain Waitrose, and not mention the song “Gin and Juice” by Snoop Dogg Lion, we’ll be proud of our accomplishment.

Ahem. Famous Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal recently announced the newest addition to the product line he’s designed for British gourmet supermarket Waitrose, which will be a high-end lemon gin with infused Earl Grey Tea.

Waitrose’s gin sales shot up by 13% in the past year, due largely to the sudden proliferation of underground gin bars and a renewed interest in lesser craft brands. (Random question: What do they call “hipsters” in England?)  The Daily Mail noted that Earl Grey is Blumenthal’s favorite tea, and infusing it in gin seemed like a natural next step.

To drink it, Blumenthal says that “since we’ve packed so many flavours into this wonderful gin, all you need to do is add a splash of tonic and a slice of lemon to make a classic British tipple.” It’s the perfect beverage for a lazy afternoon, strollin’ down the lane, smoking duck breasts, sippin’ on gin and tea.


[Daily Mail]

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