July 14th marks Bastille Day - and another great excuse to drink-up & toast to French independence... What better way to indulge than with a first-rate French spirit? From the heart of Cognac, comes the highly acclaimed G'Vine, the first grape based gin, which features amongst 9 other botanicals the delicate and rare vine flower to impart a soft and delicate flavor that is just perfect for summer.

Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the creation of the Republic in 1790 and the birth of the sovereign Nation. The date of the 14th of July has been chosen as a reference to the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th's Ancient Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people made it clear that the king's power was no longer absolute: power should be based on the Nation and be limited by a separation of powers.

G'Vine Gin de France pays a tribute to the protesters who stormed the barricades of the Bastille prison with a cocktail created by Philip Duff, globetrotting cocktail guru, gin expert, bar trainer and owner of speak-easy Door 74 in Amsterdam.

Barricade Cocktail

  • 2 shots G'Vine Floraison gin
  • 1 shot freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 shot rich sugar syrup (2:1)
  • 1/2 shot raspberry (framboise) liqueur
  • 1 barspoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Half an egg white
  • 8 raspberries
  • Champagne

Crush the raspberries in an empty shaker. Add the gin, lime juice, sugar syrup, raspberry liqueur and vinegar.Shake without ice, then shake with ice. Fine-strain into a Classic martin-cocktail glass glass. Top with champagne.