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 eight edition of the Orbium files we’re travelling to the far north of The Netherlands, to ‘cocktail and spirit valhalla’ Mr. Mofongo.
Mr. Mofongo is a venue that has it all: a café, a restaurant, a wine bar, a cocktail bar and even a distillery. Mr. Mofongo has a long history housing some of The Netherlands’ best bartenders, and therefore is a must visit for everyone coming to the city of Groningen. Steven Koperdraat and his bar team continue the venue’s legacy, serving quality drinks - supported by the famous robot arm controlling the ever-flashy back bar.
Koperdraat: “With the Night of Flowers we wanted to expand the floral nature of Hendrick's Orbium even further by adding violet, hibiscus and elderflower to the drink. To balance it out we used the elderflower tonic to add a bit freshness and to also give a wink to the quinine in the gin.”
50 ml Hendrick’s Orbium
15 ml Violet, rose and hibiscus syrup
A splash of Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic
Glass: coupe without stem (floating)
Garnish: violet flower
Method: Pour the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a floating coupe glass.