When freshly cut, It will burn into your eyes like no onion ever has and spike your nose with a sizzle like rockets raising spacecraft It’s ferocity lies on a bed of soil Heat and Earth...The summer’s Sun and Guts.
In ancient medicine, horseradish was used as a stimulant and for clearing the respiratory system. It can also ease digestion of rich foods and, when used regularly, can aid in correcting imbalances in the digestive system.
Native to Central Europe, horseradish gained popu- larity in the US in the early-1800’s. Since then, cultivation has centered in Southwestern Illinois which supplies roughly 60% of the world’s total yield. The town of Collinsville, IL is recognized as the "Horseradish Capital of the World," a designa- tion celebrated each June with the International Horseradish Festival. All the horseradish sourced for this year’s Vernal Gin is from JR Kelly Co. - the country’s largest supplier, located in Collinsville.
By hand, we cut down and processed several hun- dred pounds of the fresh, tough and mangled root to make this year’s batch. Directly from the bottle, the spicy wasabi-like heat is intense, it piques the senses with its mustard-like pungence that tickles the nostrils and taste buds, yet mellows to a round vegetal earthiness when diluted or mixed in cock- tails. We love this gin in a Red Snapper (Bloody Mary with Gin) and in Dirty Martini variations.