Navy Strength Gin
Back in the nineteenth century gin was thought to be panacea to many things encountered on the high seas. The gimlet was invented by a doctor in the Royal Navy to ward off scurvy, with gin to fortify and Roses Lime cordial for Vitamin C.
But several of the more gin-savvy officers of the Royal Navy suspected their supplies of gin were being diluted so they devised a test.
Often the gin was stored below deck adjacent to the gunpowder and if it was spilt onto the gunpowder and it smoked, the gin had been diluted. Only if the gunpowder still lit was the gin at least 114 proof (or 57% ABV). And so it became known as Navy Strength.
Four Pillars Navy Strength is a gin very much in the Four Pillars style, but with the volume turned up slightly beyond 11. Fresh ginger brings spiciness to the gin, while turmeric adds weight and a lovely earthiness. Also in the botanical basket are some native finger limes, grown in Byron Bay. They have an intensity of flavour that is almost impossible to believe, and they help the gin attain super citrus notes and lovely high-toned freshness.
A classic prohibition-era cocktail, where the strength of the gin stands up to the mint and lime.
- 45mL Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin
- 30mL lime juice
- 15mL sugar syrup
- 8 mint leaves
- Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake vigorously, and strain into a chilled coupette
- Garnish with a mint leaf
A spicy Ginger Mule made with Navy Strength Gin is a perfectly refreshing sundowner.
- 30mL Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin
- 15mL fresh lime juice
- 2 dashes bitters (optional)
- Ginger beer (or ale)
- Add ingredients to a tall glass
- Top with ginger
- Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig
Our Navy Strength Gin makes a great G&T too, with the Southeast Asian garnish adding to the aromatics.
- 30mL Navy Strength Gin
- 90mL good tonic water
- Lime leaf
- Add ice and gin to a short glass
- Top with tonic water
- Garnish with torn lime leaf and ginger