DRINKS: Kamm And Sons Sunshine Bloody Mary
Alex Kammerling is passionate about cocktails. He is so passionate that a couple of years ago he decided to create his own spirit from his home in North London, and it was good. Made in a similar fashion to gin, using 4 types of ginseng, juniper, and a total of 45 botanical ingredients- Kamm & Sons was born, and soon enough production moved from Alex’s room to its current home in a distillery in Clapham, South London.
On the nose, Kamm & Sons smells very much like a conventional gin with floral and citrusy hints and when sipped, the juniper is immediate, with the ginseng soon coming through which gives the spirit an extra dimension that makes it so appealing. Unlike gin, Kamm is only 33% ABV, so is easily sipped neat, but the real beauty of it comes through in cocktails. The unique blend of botanicals in the spirit makes for interesting drinks and just in time for summer, Alex has come up with a unique twist on the classic British Bloody Mary.
The Sunshine Mary uses vine ripened Isle of Wight yellow tomatoes which give the cocktail an unusual yellow colour, hence the name. The Bloody Mary is famous for its hair of the dog hangover cure, and with the high ginseng content in Kamm & Sons, the Sunshine Mary is an equally good pick me up after a night out. I’m not a big fan of tomato juice so often steer clear of Bloody Mary’s but the yellow tomatoes used in the Sunshine Mary are sweeter and compliment the spirit very well. We’ve included the recipe below if you would like to make it yourself at home.
The Sunshine Mary is available at many top restaurants and bars including Caravan (King’s Cross), Dean St Townhouse (Soho) and York & Albany (Camden).
The Sunshine Mary
35ml Kamm & Sons
150ml yellow tomato juice
15ml fresh lemon juice
6 dashes of green Tabasco sauce
Pinch of salt, pepper, and celery salt
Touch of horseradish
Build over ice and stir all ingredients in the glass, or mix a larger quantity in a jug. Garnish with a sliver of yellow capsicum pepper or yellow tomato and serve in highball glass.
Kamm & Sons is priced £19.95 RRP for 50cl bottle. Available to buy in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and online via The Whisky Exchange.