Ableforth’s Bathtub Old Tom
Ableforth's Old Tom Gin is a lightly sweetened gin made with juniper, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and the finest orange peel. Crafted entirely by hand using a time-honoured 'cold-compounding' technique, the best copper-pot-still spirit has been applied to the aforementioned botanicals before being lightly sweetened with cane sugar.
Ableforth's Old Tom Gin is absolutely perfect in a Martinez Cocktail. At some would have it, Old Tom gin takes its name from an illicit method of dispensing gin as practised by one Captain Dudley Bradstreet in the 18th century. A sign was erected outside Bradstreet's premises carrying the image of a cat. Thirsty patrons would deposit their penny in a slot, and receive a slug of gin from a tube under the cat's paw in return. This superb gin is naturally coloured by the botanicals which lend a most curious tint to the liquid.