All photos, credited to Matt Gorrek, of The Great Garnisher’s Hollywood Soujourn!
Remember the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile? The hybrid hot dog/car is still trekking from city to city. But, now there’s an even more whimsical attraction in which cocktail enthusiasts may delight — a Giant Cucumber Garnisher!
The Scottish gin distiller Hendrick’s aims to garnish thousand of G & T’s as the cucumber garnisher winds its way around the country through December, schedule below. Hendrick’s, which is infused with cucumber, has unveiled what Ambassador Mark Stoddard refers to as “an eye-popping, wondrously strange cucumber slicing device that will travel the U.S. with the sole purpose of offering the most beautifully garnished Hendrick’s Gin cocktails to ever grace a glass.”
The Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher is taking the leisurely route — the vehicle can only hit speeds of up to 25 mph. Powered by a hybrid powertrain that utilizes a large diesel motor — and a sartorially refined gentleman pedaling a large-wheeled bicycle, like something out of a Roald Dahl novel.
The 38 foot-long device uses an elaborate system of pneumatic tubing, interlocking gears and rotating blades to slice up to 18 cucumbers per hour. “It’s not the most efficient way to garnish a cocktail,” explains Stoddard, “but we do believe it is the most spectacular.”
The Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher launched its maiden voyage from New York City on June 14th, World Cucumber Day,” said Stoddard, “driving westward from city to city, pausing in select locations to offer citizens strikingly perfect garnishes, cucumber delights and other oddly refreshing activities. This is part of our effort to end misperception of the cucumber as an innocuous salad ingredient. As the core infusion that makes our gin unusually exquisite, we feel the cucumber deserves not only respect but wonder.”
If you should, by happenstance, spy The Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher on the road, snap a photo with your smartphone or even a classic Pentax — and post using #HendricksGrandGarnisher hashtag and by tagging @HendricksGin.
Those who would prefer a less-than-random encounter, may consult this schedule.
If The Grand Garnisher has come and gone, you can still enjoy a refreshing gin cocktail at home, courtesy of Hendrick’s!
GIN & TONIC
1 part HENDRICK’S GIN
3 parts Premium Tonic Water
Build ingredients in a highball glass over ice, garnish with cucumber wheels and serve.
CUCUMBER BASIL SMASH
1 1⁄2 parts HENDRICK’S GIN
3⁄4 part Fresh Lemon Juice
3⁄4 part Simple Syrup
One Small Bunch of Basil
3 Cucumber Wheels
In a mixing glass, muddle basil, cucumber, and simple syrup. Add Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, and ice. Shake well and strain into an iced double rocks glass. Garnish with a bunch of basil and a cucumber.
1 1⁄2 parts HENDRICK’S GIN
1⁄2 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1⁄2 part Simple Syrup
3 Cucumber Wheels
Dry Sparkling Wine
In a mixing glass, muddle cucumbers and simple syrup. Add Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, and ice. Shake well and strain into a flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a cucumber ribbon or wheel.
About Hendrick’s Gin
Every drop of Hendrick’s Gin is created by a single stillman with the help of a lone apprentice working on two utterly dissimilar types of stills (a long-necked Carter-Head and plump-bellied Pot Still). Hendrick’s is infused with Rose and Cucumber and instilled with a supporting cast of 11 botanicals. It is overseen by its creator, Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie, who has always been consummately peculiar. Hendrick’s gained widespread acclaim and received numerous awards, including a Double Gold medal in the 2014 Fifty Best Gin Awards; ‘Gin of the Year’ at the Food and Wine Magazine Awards and voted ‘World’s Best Gin’ by the Wall Street Journal. Hendrick’s Gin has an ABV of 44%. Please enjoy the unusual responsibly. For further information, visit www.hendricksgin.com.
About William Grant & Sons
William Grant & Sons Holdings Ltd. is an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third largest blended Scotch, Grant’s®, as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s® Gin, Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W.® Irish Whiskey, Monkey Shoulder® Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and Drambuie® Scotch Liqueur.
William Grant & Sons has been honored as “Distiller of the Year” by the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge 11 times over the past 16 years, including the most recent award in 2016.
Founded in 1964, William Grant & Sons USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of William Grant & Sons, Ltd. and features one of the fastest growing spirits portfolios in the USA with brands including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, Drambuie, Milagro Tequila, Grant’s, Hudson Whiskey, Gibson’s Finest, Monkey Shoulder, Clan MacGregor, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Montelobos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Flor de Caña Rum, The Knot and Raynal French Brandy. For more information on the company and its brands, please visit www.grantusa.com.