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March 2020
  • Soli Gin Launch Update March 2020

    Our Soli Gin is ready!
    Rather like Goldilocks, we have spent the last few months, ensuring that everything is just right. The bottles, the branding, but most importantly; the Gin. We have reached the stage where we are ready and eager to launch Soli Gin in the market. We are thrilled to think that our dreams have become a reality and that we have a product everyone may enjoy. 
    Along with the rest of the world, we have to postpone our launch plans due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  
    The government of Cyprus is doing its utmost to protect its citizens from the virus, and we respect and adhere to their decision to halt all non -essential business. 

    We look forward to a time when we can all reclaim our lives. And friends and families can get together. Warmer days and evenings are ahead, watching the sun go down whilst enjoying a Soli…

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  • What are Botanicals?

    First and foremost, Gin is an alcoholic spirit which is predominantly flavoured by juniper (botanicals). That is a legal requirement!
    Produced using purified neutral alcohol of roughly 96% Gin can be formulated from grain or a by-product of grapes or molasses. Botanicals are wrapped in muslin or similar material, using time-honoured techniques. It is then steeped in the base alcohol inside a traditional copper still, for up to 48 hours before the distillation process commences.Once distilled, Soli Gin is cut with locally sourced natural spring water from the Paphos region to attain the legal alcohol percentage for bottling. 

    The real Gin heroes are, of course, the botanicals.  Soli Gin has developed a unique recipe using a harmonious variety that we believe give our Gin a flavour that is the essence of Cyprus. 

    We have decided to keep our recipe secret for now. If someone has a well-developed Gin palate, they may be able to identify…

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  • A Brief History of Gin

    Over a thousand years ago Benedictine monks were infusing wine with juniper berries, the essential botanical in gin giving it its distinct flavour and aroma, producing a tonic wine. However, the benefits gained from this particular tonic wine have not been substantiated.

    A precursor however to the malt wine infused with a generous number of junipers produced by the Dutch in the 17th century called Genever. Once again it was touted as having some health benefits, and it is thought the juniper berries were used to disguise the harsh quality of the alcohol. Urban legend has it that William of Orange (William III) was responsible for introducing Genever to the masses of England. High taxation on the importation of French wine and brandy and a tax break for those who distilled spirits meant that gin (which it was quickly shortened to due to the clumsy British pronunciation of Genever!) became cheaper per…

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  • Ginspiration!

    An enterprising Cypriot and the founder of Kean soft drinks named Takis Christodoulou is renowned for assisting in the defeat of Rommel at El Alamein by Field Marshall Montgomery.

    Cyprus was already involved in the story of the desert campaign. Cypriot donkeys aided with the logistics of moving supplies across this hostile environment. One essential item was sadly missing. Montgomery was rumoured to have done his best thinking after a gin and tonic (or two.)
    Due to blockades and the presence of u-boats, London gin could not reach the Sahara! Here, Takis valiantly comes to the rescue. First, he uses his soft drinks knowledge to produce a quinine enriched tonic.
    Takis then tackled the gin itself. He re-distilled zivania to produce a purer spirit, using juniper berries gathered from the Aoratos trees on the Akamas. He distilled a gin that was transported to Alexandria on caiques before fittingly, being carried on Cypriot donkeys…

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