Hendrick’s Gin’s inexplicable botanical signature is composed of a series of eleven unique botanicals from all over the world – one being the Angelica plant. Angelica archangelica, commonly known as garden angelica, wild celery, and Norwegian angelica, is a biennial plant from the Apiaceae family, a subspecies of which is cultivated for its sweetly scented edible stems and roots. It’s been said that its roots were used in traditional Victorian medicine.
Angelica roots are long, fleshy and spindle-shaped; beset with many descending rootlets. The edges of its leaflets are finely toothed or serrated – making it a rather unusual plant. It then comes as no surprise that when its roots are combined with fragrant cinnamon and peppermint, and magically infused in green charteuse, with fresh lime juice, maraschino liqueur and Hendrick’s Gin – the results are otherworldly. This unconventional tipple will probably leave you feeing a little lost for words, which is why it’s called “The Last Word”.
Angelica is known for its unique, pervading aromatic odour. One old writer compares it to Musk, while others liken it to Juniper. Hendrick’s Gin, notable for its use of cucumber and rose petals alongside an inquisitive blend of traditional Victorian botanicals, invites you to peruse an array of curious oddities, by stirring up The Last Word tipple.
THE LAST WORD
1 part Hendrick’s Gin
1 part Maraschino Liqueur
1 part Green Chartreuse
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
- Stir ingredients down over ice
- Strain into chilled coupette
- Shaken and served up