Corner Fifty Three Pomelo Gin is a gin made in Hamphire based around pink grapefuit and wormwood. It is a clean and fresh, flavour packed gin inspired by classic flavours used in New Orleans cocktails.
Corner Fifty Three Distilling (C53) is based in Clanfield, Hampshire just on the edge of the South Downs National Park. It was a project five years in the making and eventually came to fruition in 2016. It was founded by bartender Tom Rudman who, after 4 years of mixology and creating cocktails, set out to make his perfect gin. He is able assisted by his family and friends, designer Richard Cope and sommelier Jamie Williams. There are three gins in the core range, Pomelo, Umami and Cherokee along with occasional limited editions (lemon meringue pie or Viking strength gin anyone?).
The Corner Fifty Three set -up is small, it consists of a small distillery in Tom’s parents’ back garden with two, hand-built copper stills Christened Rosie and Angus. The stills are 60 litre split top copper pot still which operate in 8 hours shifts and the lowest possibly temperature to ensure the spirit collected is as smooth as possible. In a hunt to find the most PH stable water for their gin, Corner Fifty Three use Hildon natural mineral water. The pure, clean spring water is high in mineral and contributes to the smoothness of the gin. Everything is crafted by hand in small batches, or as Tom puts it “in ridiculously small batches”.
Corner Fifty Three Pomelo Gin is described by C53 as “the child of zest”. The fruity botanicals are pink grapefruit, Cox’s Pippin apples, Conference pears balanced with aromatic Wormwood and sweet liquorice. C53 recommend serving this with plenty of ice and a Mediterranean style tonic water to bring out the vibrant flavours. It is also great in a Grapefruit Soda cocktail.