Words by: Ingmar Voerman & Tess Posthumus
Photography by: Ming Chao
The Orbium Files: a series of eleven cocktails, especially created, developed and tailored by the best cocktail bars throughout The Netherlands.
Orbium, a reimagining of Hendrick’s Gin by Master Distiller Lesley Gracie is a limited quininated gin, based on the iconic Hendrick’s recipe of distillates from both the Carter Head- and Bennett-still with infusions of rose and cucumber. Orbium is then enriched with flavours that are traditionally associated with classic gin libations; quinine found in tonic (Gin & Tonic) and wormwood found in vermouth (Martini cocktail). The mysterious blue lotus flower adds an aromatic, floral sweetness and harmonizes all flavours of the gin.
Orbium is what Hendrick’s would taste like in a parallel universe. The eleven carefully selected cocktail bars are the only venues in Holland where Orbium will be poured and can be experienced, till the limited supply of 1000 bottles has dried out. For the seventh Orbium cocktail we’re paying a visit to NY Basement in Rotterdam.
In the basement of Rotterdam’s ‘world famous’ Hotel New York you will find a stunning restaurant and cocktail bar, taking you back to the roaring twenties in an instant. The interior is stylish and jazzy, laid-back and cool, with the classic cocktail bar as eyecatcher of the venue. Not only the looks satisfy though, the bartenders and their exquisite cocktails will make you stay for the whole night. Jordy Geens and his team combine top-notch cocktails with the best of hospitality in this relatively new Rotterdam landmark.
Geens: “Since our first menu three years ago, Hendrick’s has been featured in all its glory. So when we got selected as one of the few bars chosen for Orbium, it was a no-brainer and an honour to create something extraordinary.
Through exploration a previously undiscovered garden was found in another world, The Garden of Orbium. Containing so much beauty and mysteries unknown by man, it would have been a selfish endeavor to keep this a secret.
From this garden ingredients were carefully selected, complementing the original taste of Orbium itself, but with the aim of taking you to that other place of existence. The cocktail combines wormwood and butterfly pea flowers - said to possess the ability to alter your perception of senses. Combined with a strong backbone of egg white, lemon and sugar, this cocktail takes you to another world straight away! The cocktail is presented in the relics of Orbium itself, surrounded by a subtle sweet smoke of mysticism”
40 ml Hendrick’s Orbium
15 ml Lillet Blanc
20 ml butterfly pea tea infused with wormwood
20 ml fresh lemon juice
10 ml simple syrup
1 fresh egg white
Method: Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Next, dry shake the cocktail without ice (reverse dry shake) and fine strain in a chilled coupe glass.