Some flowers, radiant with nectar and colour, are more irresistible to bees and butterflies. That’s what Lesley Gracie, master distiller at Hendrick’s Gin Palace, noticed in her garden last summer. An exploration of these plants in her laboratory has led to the brand’s latest release—a botanical-packed, limited-edition gin, suitably named Flora Adora.
The spirit fills your senses with notes of rose, jasmine and lavender. On the palate, these wondrous scents blend harmoniously with the smooth, delicate flavour of the Hendrick’s Gin base—bringing out its smooth juniper and green herbal character. It is fresh and uplifting when sipped neat, but the balanced profile behind Flora Adora is best captured when poured into a glass over plenty of ice, with a splash of tonic.
With Flora Adora’s carnation pink label and eye-catching butterfly motif, the bottle itself is a collector’s item perfect for giving and receiving. If your host is already a fan of Hendrick’s Gin, this is a thoughtful gift to add to their collection—and a prized centrepiece for the table at weekend brunches.
As for how to best enjoy this new unique expression, Charmaine Thio, Brand Ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin Southeast Asia, has some advice. She says: “I find Flora Adora sublime simply with tonic and a slice of cucumber. Or, try it in a Flora Garden Cup, a medley of cooling cucumber and bright citrus, lengthened with a refreshing raspberry soda.” The latter cocktail recipe is a youthful twist on a classic—perfect for a garden party, just like the spirit itself.
Hendrick’s Cabinet of Curiosities began in 2019, enticing fans with a new limited-edition secret blend released each year. The series started with Midsummer Solstice—a crisp and gently spiced gin made for enjoying on vacation—and was followed by the mystical Lunar, infused with nocturnal plants, then the coastal-scented Neptunia, launched just last year.
Gracie, who has a background in chemistry, uses her keen understanding of flavours and inherent curiosity about the world to create new combinations. Each of the Curiosities has the same Hendrick’s Gin base, showcasing the endless possibilities the spirit holds.
Hendrick’s Flora Garden Cup
45ml Hendrick’s Flora Adora
135ml Raspberry Citrus Soda
Lemon wedge and cucumber slices
1. Fill glass with cubed ice.
2. Add lemon wedge and cucumber slices to glass, add Hendrick’s Flora Adora and gently mix.
3.Top with Raspberry Citrus Soda, gently mix again and serve.
Hendrick’s Flora Adora is available online at www.since1887.sg.