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BE THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS THIS SUMMER, WITH FRENCH RIVIERA-INSPIRED MIRABEAU DRY GIN

Written by Aksel Ritenis

BE THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS THIS SUMMER, WITH FRENCH RIVIERA-INSPIRED MIRABEAU DRY GIN

We all know that returning to work post-Christmas can be a struggle, but the good summer vibes can continue with this great weather.If you’re planning on catching up with friends to soak up the sun and share tales from your family Christmas, we have some delicious recipes for you to try and the perfect cocktails to compliment the dishes.

Using botanicals inspired by those found in the surrounding French Riviera, Mirabeau’s Dry Rosé Gin redefines the normally sugary pink gin category, with a dry, yet highly aromatic, style. The dryness of the gin makes for the perfect spirit to match the summery flavours we all know and love in Australia.

 

From light entrées to more decadent dessert dishes, with perfectly paired cocktails, these recipes ideal for summer and to help ease back into work!

Entrée – Tomato and Burrata Salad with Lavender Dressing

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 balls of burrata
  • 450g mixed heritage tomatoes
  • 100g raspberries
  • Salt
  • pepper

For the lavender dressing:

  • 1 heaped tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 plump garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp dried lavender
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil, garlic, lavender, and honey in a small pan. Heat for 1 minute then add the red wine vinegar. Set aside to cool down.
  2. Slice or chop the tomatoes into bite-sized chunks. Arrange on a plate with the burrata alongside. Drizzle with the dressing and tear the raspberries over the top.

 

We recommend serving this starter dish alongside the Gin Elderflower and Rosemary Fizz cocktail.

INGREDIENTS (makes 2)

METHOD

Ensure that all of the ingredients are as chilled as possible. Add elderflower cordial, followed by Mirabeau Dry Gin, topped up with Mirabeau La Folie and a sprig of rosemary.

Main – Crab and Tarragon Tagliatelle

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 200g tagliatelle
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Splash of rosé
  • 200g white crab meat
  • Large handful of tarragon, chopped with a few leaves reserved for garnishing.
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Zest and juice of 1⁄2 lemon

 

Method

  1. Cook the tagliatelle according to the packet’s instructions and drain, reserving a cup of the cooking water (I used fresh egg tagliatelle, so this only took a couple of minutes).
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the shallots, cooking gently for about 3 minutes until translucent, but not browned.
  3. Add the chopped garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds before adding a splash of rosé. Let the alcohol sizzle away and then add the drained tagliatelle, along with a little of the pasta cooking water.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir through the crab, chopped tarragon, chilli flakes, lemon zest and juice. Toss everything together, garnishing with a few extra tarragon leaves and a drizzle of olive oil.

 

 

A great cocktail to pair with this pasta dish is a Sun Cocktail, as the zingy freshness of lemon will act as the perfect complement to the crab.

Serves 2

For the mimosa syrup:

  • 4 cups Mimosa Blossom
  • 500ml Water
  • Juice of a Lemon
  • 500g Sugar

For the cocktail:

  • 60ml Mirabeau Dry Rosé Gin
  • 60ml Mimosa Syrup
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • Sparkling Water

Dessert – Pink Lady Apple and Salted Carmel Tiramisu in a Jar

Ingredients (4-6 servings)

For the salted caramel sauce:

  • 50g sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 50g salted butter
  • 200g double cream

For the tiramisu:

  • 50g sugar + 30g
  • 30g butter
  • 3 eggs (yolks and whites separated)
  • 300g mascarpone
  • 3 Pink Lady apples
  • 12 to 15 shortbreads

 

Method

  1. Prepare the salted caramel sauce: heat sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat (no stirring needed). When the mixture takes a nice amber colour, remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the salted butter in small pieces until melted, then the cream. Place back on the heat and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, until homogeneous. Transfer into a bowl and keep aside to cool. It will thicken while cooling.
  1. Peel and core the apples then dice them. Place in a pan with the butter and cook until golden. Add 30g sugar and cook until the apples are soft and caramelised (about 15 minutes), stirring occasionally. You might need to add a couple of tbsp of water if the apple and caramel stick to the pan too much. Once cooked, leave to cool.
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until the mixture whitens. Add the mascarpone and whisk until homogeneous. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff and incorporate them gently into the egg mixture.
  1. Take 4 large clean jars (or 6 smaller ones), and place some crumbled shortbread at the bottom. Add 1 tbsp of salted caramel sauce, a layer of caramelised apples, and a layer of the mascarpone mixture, and repeat. Finish with some salted caramel sauce on the top. Close the jars and leave them to rest in the fridge for at least two hours before serving. Et voilà!

Finally, to end the night, we recommend pairing this dessert with a ‘Three Botanicals’ Gin Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 50ml – Mirabeau Rosé Gin
  • 20ml – fresh lemon juice
  • 10ml – rose syrup (Sirop de Rose de Mai if you can)
  • A hint of Grenadine
  • 100ml – soda water
  • A sprig of rosemary (gently bruised to release the aromas) mixed with a twist of lemon to oil the glass

Method

  1. Take a long glass and moisten the rim with the fragrant rosemary and twist of lemon.
  2. Shake the Mirabeau Rosé Gin, fresh lemon juice, rose syrup and Grenadine together in an ice-filled shaker.
  3. Strain into the ice-filled glass and top with soda water.
  4. Garnish with the rosemary, lemon twist, and some sprigs of thyme.

Mirabeau Dry Rosé Gin is gluten-free, 100% naturally flavoured with no residual sugar, and made in France with carefully selected botanicals. It is available in Dan Murphy’s and BWS Australia-wide, RRP $79.99.

Website and social media links:

See Maison Mirabeau’s “About Us” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55jc_dpMv_Q

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ABOUT MAISON MIRABEAU

This bestselling French rosé brand in the UK has been consistently rated amongst the best rosé winemakers in the world. Maison Mirabeau has regularly been awarded a host of medals and awards from The Drinks Business, Falstaff and IWSC to name a few, as well as being highly rated with Decanter, Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast. Maison Mirabeau combines fresh ideas in winemaking with engaging communications with their customers and a deep respect for the heritage and culture of Provence, where the family has settled. Maison Mirabeau has recently acquired a vineyard in conversion to organic and regenerative farming in the nature reserve on the foothills of the Plain of the Maure mountains, not far from St Tropez.

ABOUT MIRABEAU DRY GIN

The brand’s range includes a beautifully crafted Dry Gin with accent botanicals from the Riviera and a stunning bottle inspired by French perfumery, which has scooped up Drinks Business’s best Design and Packaging prize. The evocative liquid has multiple Gold medals to its name, notably from the World Spirits Awards, the ISW, the Bartender Spirits Awards as well as a Silver from the San Francisco Spirits Awards.

Unlike many of its sweet counterparts, Mirabeau Rosé Gin is a true gin with juniper being a dominant component. The delicate signature flavours come from traditional distillation with no need for sugary additions. Mirabeau has used grape spirit as its base and, combined with its award-winning Classic Provence Rosé as an element in the distillate. Botanical ingredients, precious to any Grasse Perfumer, add further aromatic layers and complexity. The result is a pale pink gin, with a unique style to set it apart and captivate increasing numbers of gin lovers worldwide, bringing a burst of Riviera aromas and sunshine.

At the heart of the recipe is Mirabeau’s renowned commitment to quality and consistency. Just as you can’t make a great wine with average grapes, Jeany and Stephen see the quality of the botanicals and neutral spirit as key to the success of Mirabeau’s Rosé Gin. While all the botanicals used can be found growing wild in Provence, Mirabeau sources its base botanicals from the best suppliers around the globe. This core is then enhanced by the judicious addition of accent plants unique to the Riviera. For these, Mirabeau works hand in hand with local growers and foragers to ensure the standards of quality and consistency are never compromised.

Tasting Notes: 

At its core Mirabeau Dry Rosé Gin is a classic Dry Gin. Mirabeau has used a 100% grape-based neutral spirit which adds roundness and subtle fruitiness to the palate. The addition of some Mirabeau Rosé gives a luxurious texture to the finished Gin. Lemons and Coriander add layers of fresh citrus character. Orris and Angelica roots impart floral and earthy tones respectively. Rose Petals, Lavender and Jasmine are used sparingly to bring a variety of floral tones. Finally, Bay, Thyme and Rosemary add a finely balanced herbaceous character to the blend.

The Ingredients:

  • Juniper – the backbone of any great gin and we use common juniper
  • Citrus – legend has it that the seed for the original Citron de Menton was smuggled by Adam from the garden of Eden. Looking down from the groves of La Maison du Citron (that supplies Mirabeau with peel and zest) towards the pretty shores of Menton, Jeany and Stephen have sourced this really unique element right on their doorstep.
  • Orris root – the dried root of iris Germanica or pallida is a key ingredient in the perfume industry adding tones described as tenaciously flowery.
  • Angelica root – A cornerstone ingredient of many gins, this member of the celery family adds earthy tones once distilled.
  • Coriander seed – with its signature lemony notes, grows wild in climates as diverse as southern Europe and Asia.
  • Rose petalsLavender and Jasmine, three prime fragrance ingredients add a floral lift and the taste of the South of France:
    • o   Rose petals bring an intensely pretty flavour.
    • o   Lavender, the iconic plant of the South of France, adds a pinch adds interest to the gin profile.
    • o   Jasmine, with its powerful fragrance, is used as a tea in a suspended basket, to keep its flavour subtle and delicate.
    • Bay, Thyme and Rosemary, three herbs that also abound in our hills add the flavours of the garrigue that characterise many of our wines and local cuisine.
  • Neutral Spirit – 100% from grapes. At over 96° it imparts a gentle, soft fruitiness to the finished gin. It’s also naturally gluten free.
  • Mirabeau Rosé – 13% of macerating liquid, adding subtle red fruit and freshness to the finish

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