Tarquin’s taps into Spritz trend with blood orange gin

English producer Southwestern Distillery has released a new limited edition blood orange-flavoured Tarquin’s Gin, which is designed to be served in a Spritz.

The new flavoured variant (38% ABV), called Tarquin’s Cornish Sunshine Blood Orange Gin, is infused with blood orange and summer fruits including rhubarb and gentian root. The addition of gentian root provides the gin with a “distinct herbal bitterness” to replicate Italian apéritif Aperol. On the nose, the gin has hints of orange, pink grapefruit, rhubarb and raspberry, while the palate brings “intense fruitiness balanced with a pleasant bitter-sweet aromatic herbal note” and a touch of fresh juniper. Tarquin Leadbetter, founder and master distiller, said: “We wanted to create something to celebrate the Cornish summer. We might not be able to get to Italy this year due to travel restrictions, so let’s bring the aperitivo to England. I love it in a wine glass with lots of ice, a splash of both sparkling wine and water and lots of summer fruit.” The gin is recommended served with sparkling wine, a dash of sparkling elderflower and garnished with pink grapefruit or summer berries. Tarquin’s Cornish Sunshine Blood Orange Gin is priced at £36 (US$45). Last month, Cornwall-based Southwestern Distillery entered the rum category with the launch of a new spiced variant, called Twin Fin.