We’ve created a unique and intricate gin of ten select botanicals, distilled and bottled by us at Dorset’s first gin distillery, nestled in the back streets of Bournemouth.
Whilst still a proper classic gin, led by a dry Macedonian juniper heart, the subtle incorporation of the Dorset notes of elderberries, samphire and handpicked New Forest gorse flowers brings bright and refreshing lighter notes to Conker.
Brazenly refreshing and deftly smooth, the Dorset Dry is crafted to stand up on its own, poured and adored over ice.
Mix at your pleasure, but this gin can hold its own.
We are Conker Spirit, Dorset’s first gin distillery.
Free from the constraints of tradition, our spirits aren’t moulded by antiquated expectations.
With oodles of blind optimism and an open mind comes a fresh approach. There’s no ancient family recipe or mythical Master Distiller here, just a dogged pursuit of the new and exciting.
So we started from scratch, meticulously tweaking the Dorset Dry, fine-tuning the recipe sip by sip to compose a fresh approach to gin with a ruthless focus on quality.
No gimmicks. No fuss. Just top-notch small batch gin distilled in Dorset from British wheat spirit and New Forest Spring Water.
That's the spirit.
#1 —The Oozer
Presented by Lloyd Brown, Venner Bar, Bridport
Lloyd brown is a bit of a local legend in Bridport - a town filled with very eager recipients of his incredible Conker concoctions. Lloyd’s ‘Oozer’ is as simple as it is dangerously moreish. Bright and fruity with the delights of Conker Gin coming through to give you tickle.
Here’s what you will need…
50ml Conker Spirit —Dorset Dry Gin
25ml Fresh lemon juice,
Heaped bar spoon of blueberry jam,
3 leaves of basil
Basil leaves and blueberry to garnish
1. Pour 50ml of Conker Gin into a shaker filled with ice. 2. Add a healthy bar spoon of blueberry jam 3. Add 25ml of fresh lemon juice 4. Add around 3 fresh basil leaves 5. Shake it ‘till your hands hurt 6. Pour into a glass full of crush ice 7. Top with soda & get you garnish on. 8. Devour selfishly
Say hello to Dorset’s first Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur - and one of the first of its kind in the UK.
It seems we’ve all become accustomed to the limited options of overly sweetened coffee ‘flavoured’ spirits.
We came to realise that we couldn’t find a single so-called ‘coffee liqueur’ that even closely resembled the true dark and rich complexities of the espresso. So we set out to make one - a Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur - that let the coffee bean do the talking, without the need for the usual additives and flavourings.
It sounded a simple enough idea. How wrong we were…
It turns out that to capture the true taste of freshly roasted coffee in a liqueur, you’ve got to master a complex balancing act of roasting, blending and brewing that takes no prisoners. One wrong move, one shortcut, and the taste is compromised.
So, we’ve taken our sweet time and after a year of tweaking and sipping our way through 96 recipes, we discovered some subtle tricks and a blend that surpassed all our expectations…
A complex, dark and fruity brew that celebrates the espresso and owns the glass.
Working with Dorset’s very own Beanpress Coffee Co., we’ve selected the very best speciality Brazilian and Ethiopian coffee beans that blow your usual ground coffee out the water. The Brazilian is roasted darker and longer to accentuate the cacao and caramel notes, bringing a robust coffee flavour that provides the backbone to the spirit. The Ethiopian coffee is roasted faster and lighter to accentuate the sweetness and natural citrus character, so adding a zesty highlight to the blend.
By brewing our liqueur cold, we don’t extract any of the acidic, bitter elements of the bean typical of a hot brew, thereby honouring the subtle fruity chocolate notes of each bean variety, creating a heady and hearty concoction that’s as wonderfully dark as it is delicious.
Cold-brewing, however, requires more coffee than your usual hot cup of Joe, and in true Conker Spirit, we took that to the extreme - there’s a ludicrous amount of Dorset-roasted beans in each beautifully black bottle.
Because the brew is so smooth with natural vanillas and caramels, just a touch of demerara sugar is needed to complete the alchemy - no flavourings, no additives, no nasty thickeners - just four simple ingredients and one ridiculously precise process.
Enough of the whys and wherefores, this tipple does all the talking. It’s time to darken your glass with Conker Cold Brew and toast the arrival of the true espresso liqueur.