The leaves of the forest
Beech Leaf Noyau
This is a traditional British recipe for a classic cocktail mixer made from gin flavoured with sugar, brandy and young beech leaves that makes an excellent mixer and can even be drunk by itself over ice. A noyau is a cordial made from brandy, gin, cognac etc and which is flavoured with a bittering agent, typically bitter almonds or peach pits. This is a classic British version, using young beech leaves.
Ingredients: 1 bottle of gin (700ml)
225g white sugar
400ml young beech leaves
Beech Leaf Noyau Preparation:
Method: Only use very young beech leaves, freshly stripped from the stem. Add these to a bottle or glass jar (with a secure lid) until the vessel is half full. Add the bottle of gin then stopper the jar and store for 3 weeks before straining the alcohol off. Meanwhile add the sugar and 300ml water to a pan and bring to a boil. Take off the heat and allow to cool before mixing with the flavoured gin and the brandy. Pour into bottles and store. This makes an excellent mixer and can even be drunk neat. It's well worth making and I guarantee that everyone you serve it to will go mad for it.
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