Asian Persuasion Cocktail with Quebec’s very own Ungava Gin

The Asian Persuasion Cocktail is the perfect union of East meeting West, a fusion drink made with a unique Canadian gin and Japanese matcha powder.

I bet you do not know a whole lot about the Canadian Arctic. I am from Canada and I do not know a lot about that part of my country. But I did recently make one fabulous discovery: Ungava Gin. I was just as shocked as you are right now, there is a fabulous gin being made from hand-picked ingredients found in the far north reaches of Quebec. And with it, I made the Asian Persuasion Cocktail.

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So gin and I go a long way back. The very first cocktail I ever had was a Gin Tonic. It was one of those family holiday dinners. Gin Tonic was all the rage back then. And I remember stealing the occasional sip of De Kuyper…only once or twice because that stuff is vile!

Gin took a back seat after that for many years but I have been rediscovering it in the last years with modern exotic cocktail recipes. Some bars now offer a wide selection of gins to try with your mixes, the liquor store is stocked with many new brands and gin lovers can even get their hands on gin gift sets for their home bar.

A Gin like no other

Now the first noticeable feature of this gin – besides the cool bottle –  is obviously its bright yellow color. The color comes from the Canadian arctic plant ingredients found in Ungava Gin, which includes Nordic Juniper, Wild Rose Hips, Cloudberry, Crowberry, Arctic Blend and Labrador Tea, that are harvested by hand during the short summer season and then infused in the spirit.

Ungava Canadian Premium Gin, the winner of several world competitions, is now available across Canada and in several other countries.

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They are also the reason behind the smooth (even at 43% alc/vol), distinctive flavor, which I would describe as sweet and lemony after the initial juniper alcoholic shock (taste-tested the stuff straight hi hi). Then you taste a mix of tart berries, finishing off with a mix again of sweet and a light bitterness.

Taking a sip is like taking a trip for your taste buds.

The Ungava Peninsula is a vast unspoiled wild territory at the northern tip of Quebec, Canada. It is an Inuit term meaning “towards the open water”. This magnificent land has been home to the Inuit people and their ancestors for thousands of years.

Still nomadic two generations ago, the Inuit have settled in villages along the coast or at the river deltas where, every summer, they continue to hunt, to fish and harvest the precious gifts of the tundra before the onset of another long, hard 9-month long winter.

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The Asian Persuasion Cocktail

I found this unusual cocktail recipe with matcha on the website of Domaine Pinnacle which gives it a real an international fusion flair. Domaine Pinnacle is a leading producer of specialty alcoholic beverages who makes this gin, the first authentic all-Canadian gin.

We all really enjoyed the refreshing taste of this Asian Persuasion cocktail. The color of it could use some work, perhaps a drop of green food coloring? But the herbal flavor of the gin and the matcha together was perfect.

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Ingredients

    For the cocktail
  • 1 oz (30ml) Ungava gin
  • 1 oz (30ml) lime juice
  • 1/2 oz (15ml) green tea syrup
  • 1 oz (30ml) club soda
  • For the green tea syrup
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water

Instructions

    For the cocktail
  1. In a shaker place gin, lime juice, green tea syrup and a bit of ice. Shake well.
  2. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top off with club soda.
  3. For the green tea syrup
  4. Mix sugar and green tea powder in a bowl. Add hot water in the bowl and stir well. Let it cool.
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