Yorkshire Wolds gin producer Raisthorpe Distillery has collaborated with Michelin star chef Shaun Rankin to produce a new bespoke Lemongrass, Thyme and Basil Gin.
The gin has been produced for the chef’s recently opened fine dining restaurant, Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, at the new luxury country house hotel, Grantley Hall, near Ripon.
Raisthorpe has also produced a Grantley Hall gin which is available in the five-star hotel’s Norton Bar. The distillery’s Damson Gin is available for guests to enjoy at their leisure in the bedrooms of Grantley Hall.
Shaun Rankin said: “As a Yorkshireman, I’m proud that our restaurant showcases locally grown and sourced ingredients. We take full advantage of the herbs and vegetables grown in our very own Kitchen Garden. To complement this, we use only a selection of hand-picked suppliers with an ethos that matches our own and when we wanted to create a unique gin using our own produce, we turned to the experts at Raisthorpe which has won so many Great Taste Awards for its gin liqueurs.”
Raisthorpe founder Julia Medforth said: “We’re proud to be a Yorkshire business. We’ve seen some massive growth in the gin market since we started gin production ten years ago and are constantly innovating with new flavours to find new ways in which people can enjoy our spirits. We were delighted to be approached by Mr Rankin and to rise to his challenge to produce a unique gin using his exciting botanicals.”
Julia started the Wharram-based business on her farmhouse kitchen table after her homemade Raspberry Gin Liqueur made from an old family recipe proved a hit with shoot guests.
From these modest beginnings the company has enjoyed considerable national success, winning 12 Great Taste Awards and now supplies independent retailers and the hospitality sector nationwide, as well as selling online.
Julia and her team produce artisan gins, vodkas, whiskies and ports at Raisthorpe Distillery deep in picturesque Hockney country. Products are made using only the finest ingredients, locally sourced where possible. Flavours include Oak Aged Dry Gin, Elderflower, Rhubarb, Rose, Violet, Sloe, Damson and Gooseberry Gin Liqueurs and 9ct Shimmering Toffee Caramel or 9ct Blood Orange Vodka Liqueurs – perfect for cocktails.