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The Sekforde Serve: Meet August’s amazing mixer

by Lucinda - Aug 23, 2017

What started as a project to give whiskey and rum drinkers a more elegant offering of mixers has transformed the world of gin, as well. Meet Sekforde and their quinine-free mixer, perfectly calibrated to make your favourite gin shine.

For Talula White, there was one thing standing between her and a love for gin: the taste of quinine, which for her palate was unbearably bitter. So, when she and her husband started up Sekforde – initially to create sophisticated mixers for dark spirits drinkers, which for so long had been confined to a splash of sugary Coca-Cola or overwhelming ginger beer – they wanted to make a gin mixer that even quinine loathers would love.

Their hard work has paid off. The Sekforde Gin Mixer in your August Gin of the Month box is a hugely versatile mixer quite unlike anything gin lovers have tried before. With scents of sage and raspberry, it’s an elegant answer to G&T fatigue.

As Talula explains, “We were careful to keep the flavours linked up with one another, as well as the spirit – we wanted the mixer to be a subtle and well-balanced drink on its own as well.”

The development process was painstaking. Talula says, “A very common secondary botanical in gins is orris root, which is mainly used as a flavour binding but actually has a raspberry-like flavour. This gave us the idea to try raspberry as a leading flavour in the mixer, and something about that slightly tart sweetness does seem to work really well with juniper.”

Sekforde Perfect Serve

A twist of pink grapefruit skin.

Napue’s Perfect Sekforde Serve

A twist of pink grapefruit and a sprig of dill.

Juniper-led Gin

Fresh or frozen raspberry.

Spiced gins

Twist of orange and a scattering of pink peppercorns.

Citrus-led Gin

A sage leaf.

Floral-led Gins

A sprig of fresh lavender.

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