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A Birch Sap Cocktail for Snowdonia?

We’ve always thought it would be great for Snowdonia to have its own Cocktail. A drink that Snowdonia is famous for,  that uses local ingredients and spirits to create something amazing.

With our planned launch this summer, and this dream in mind, we’ve been experimenting for a few months and pleased to propose such a drink. The secret – Snowdonian Birch Sap.

Cocktails that are named after cities, towns and places

We haven’t come up with a name for this cocktail just yet – but it certainly wouldn’t be the first to be named after the location of its origin.

In fact a vast number of cocktails are named after their orgin. Take the Singapore Sling, invented by Ngiam Tong Boon in the early 1900s for the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

The London Buck – created during the 1920s by the legendary barman Harry Craddock at the Savoy Hotel Bar.

Or the incredible Manhattan, which the official Manhattan Club in New York claim was created their for a party thrown in 1874.

A Snowdonian Cocktail

Using our beautiful Gin – Forager’s Gin – as a base, we’ve created a sweet Parisian style Martini, using locally tapped Birch Sap with a welsh dry white wine. The combination is mind blowing.

Birch sap might sound a little weird at first, but as local survival expert Bear Gryll’s puts it in his book ‘Extreme Foods’, Birch Sap is not only safe to drink, it delicious, it’s sweet, and full of minerals and vitamin C.

In addition to this, Birch is extremely important to the local area – much of the earliest woodlands following the last ice age are thought to have been predominately made up of Birch.

Our plan is to now bring this to the leading restaurants, hotels and bars. To get the mixologist’s and cocktail drinkers to try their hand at making it – and drinking it.

It takes a little bit of work to master the blending of this cocktail as the birch sap is quite sticky and has a very high viscosity – akin to Golden Syrup.

The vital piece missing here though is what this wonderful, local cocktail should be call – this is where we need your help. Any ideas……?

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