Yes, we perfectly understand the rules for distilling London Dry Gin. But we give them a twist.
‘Strange Donkey’ is an unconventional but beautiful blend of citrus from all continents and the local botanicals from our own backyard, here in the outskirts of Antwerp. A refined gin that bursts with taste and tingles all your senses, even the sixth.
THE LEGEND OF STRANGE DONKEY
To create our precious gin we skilfully unite 23 ingredients, 17 of which are grown in the fruitful pasture of Vremde, a drowsy town near Antwerp (by all odds the greatest city of Belgium). A long, long time ago the villagers decided to build a church. For some reason, they left it up to a donkey to ‘choose’ a suitable site. Wherever it would stop to rest, they would build. As these head-strong animals often do, the donkey resolutely followed its own path and wandered off to a rather strange location. In local dialect “Vremde” means “strange”. With this characteristic yet delicate gin we pay tribute to Vremde, where all our ideas take root.
EXPLORE THE NIGHTLIFE SPIRIT!
Our inspiration awakens when everyone else is sound asleep. It is true: we prefer the lab over our bed. Speaking about passion…
But that’s just the start. You know those summer festival posters stacked with names of various artists “and many more”? Well, our ingredients list is quite similar. Strange Donkey is endowed with a delicate mix of:
Juniper berry to spice things up. Coriander for some extra pep. Lemon verbena, which is known for reducing stress. Garden angelica adds flavour and holds medicinal power (beats any cold!). Prick-madam brings a touch of sour to the party. Olive herb for that summery Mediterranean aroma. Walnut, putting the ‘nut’ in nutrient. Apple elderflower, picked for its honey scented aroma and Seven Succulent Secret Sensations, straight from the donkey’s garden…
PRESENT IT LIKE A PRESENT
Are you sure you want to share this little gem? Why don’t you keep it all to yourself? Or are your friends really that special…? Well, in that case: Serve with Goldberg Tonic, a slice of citrus, a slice of grapefruit and – if you like doing things properly – add some pink pepper berries. Or serve with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic (the one with the blue label), 1 cardamom pod, 1 slice of pink grapefruit and 3 pink pepper berries.
Last winter, instead of cuddling up in its comfy stable, The Donkey launched a new, exceptional, Japanese influenced heart-warming blend.
Based on the 2015 silver medal awarded Strange Donkey this limited edition Winter Gin even got more pretentious and came back with 2017 golden medal at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London.