To celebrate the start of summer, the expert distilling and bartending team at Hickson House has collaborated with small-batch Regal Rogue vermouth to hand-craft an all-Australian, contemporary expression of the classic British fruit cup.
Hickson Rd. Summer Cup is a light and refreshing, gin-based tipple with a dry, tropical fruit aroma, plus hints of citrus, vanilla and dried fruit, complementing the unmistakable juniper notes – a versatile base for a range of delicious cocktails, perfectly suited to the Australian Summer.
Hickson Rd. Summer Cup embraces the growth of aperitifs and rosés as refreshing alternatives to elevate traditional wine occasions, and Australia’s thirst for lower-ABV, more sophisticated spirits serves.
Summer Cup is created by blending the award-winning Hickson Rd. Australian Dry Gin with Regal Rogue’s organic Wild Rosé Vermouth, married with tonka beans, native bush tomato and muntrie berries.
After blending the gin and vermouth, Hickson House head distiller Tim Stones adds fresh muntrie berries and steeps them for five days to build the fruity character of the vermouth and enhance the distinctive, vibrant rosé colour. Finally, he delicately blends tonka bean and bush tomato distillate from a 70L copper still to balance the liquid.
The Wild Rosé Summer Cup will star at Hickson House in a variety of cocktails – from the signature Hickson Rd. Summer Cup, to a Summer Royale, and even a Wild Rosé Negroni – many of which are simple to recreate at home. The liquid is also designed to inspire customers’ and bartenders’ creativity, encouraging experimentation with their favourite flavours.
Barrelhouse Group co-founder Mikey Enright says “Summer Cup is perfect for aperitivo hour, to celebrate Hickson House’s upcoming first birthday, and our great Australian Summer. This collaboration with my good friend Mark Ward’s Regal Rogue has been six months in the making. Julian (Train), Tim (Stones) and I are thrilled to introduce Summer Cup to the Hickson Rd. family. Looking forward, 2023 will see new liquids, new cocktails, new menu and even new furniture; plus opening Hickon House Bar & Dining on Sundays as The Rocks revival gathers pace.”
Hickson Rd. Summer Cup
60ml Hickson Rd. Summer Cup
120ml Ginger Ale
Method: Fill highball glass with cubed ice,
pour all liquid to the wash line and stir
Garnish: Mint sprig, fresh berries and cucumber slice
Limited Release available from December 12th at Hickson House or at www.hicksonhouse.com.au
Hickson House is situated at 6 Hickson Rd in The Rocks