Ischgl gin – the first ever ski resort gin
What to give the ski expert in your family this Christmas? Goggles, a new rucksack, ski gloves, heaven forbid another pair of ski socks…? Here at FamilySkiNews, we have found the answer – the first ever ski resort gin: Ischgl gin.
Everyone knows Ischgl as one of the top resorts of the Tirol in Austria to ski hard. But now its apres ski scene has just gone up a notch too… as you can now swap your post-ski glass of Champagne for the resort’s very own and highly coveted limited-edition gin.
Ischgl gin first went into production at the start of the 2017/18 ski season with just 1000 bottles made. It made it into a handful of the resort’s bars earlier this year, and it’s taking Ischgl by storm. It’s also adopted the resort’s highly appropriate strapline “Relax if you can!”
This unique mountain gin is made using Urgestein spring water, a really soft water predominantly granite and gneiss highland, as the basis for the distillate.
The secret of Ischgl Gin’s initial success? As we supped the fine spirit in the resort’s famed cocktail bar, Bar 67, we asked owner and manufacturer Fabien Sautner his thoughts: “The key ingredient is undoubtedly the Ischgl Bergheu (mountain hay), which we harvest by hand on the high alps during summer,” he replied
“The mountain hay distillate is then carefully blended with such other botanicals as juniper, lavender, coriander and rose petals, and reduced to 45 vol.”
Fabien recommends it with an orange tonic, but we prefer it with an unflavoured dry tonic.
For this season (2018/19) Ischgl gin is limited to 2,500 bottles, so don’t delay.
Each bottle is corked and numbered, and makes a truly special gift for any gin lover or ski fanatic this Christmas.
It can be purchased online by clicking HERE.
Alternatively try it out when you’re next in Ischgl
It’s currently for sale in resort at an increasing number of bars and restaurants, including Hotel Post Ischgl, BAR67, Hotel Alpina Ischgl, Hotel Brigitte****S, Gramaser Hotel, Hotel Talblick Ischgl, Hotel Alpenresidenz Trisanna, Hotel Post See, Hotel Yscla Ischgl – Gourmethotel and even at the BP Tankstelle (petrol station) in town (although we strongly urge you never to drive.. or to ski… after imbibing!).
Cheers! Or as they say in Ischgl “Prost”!