Instead of being thrown away, oyster shells can live a second life. This time in the glass. The Wright Brothers, a seafood restaurant chain in London, has just launched a gin made (among other things) with oyster shells. It’s called Half Shell Gin and it’s perfect, needless to say, to accompany shellfish meals.
The oyster gin was born from the collaboration between The Wright Brothers and The Ginstitute, starting from the idea of finding a sustainable way to reuse the shells, instead of throwing them away. In particular, Carlingford oyster shells are used,” cold-soaked in neutral alcohol and then distilled”, as stated on the Food and Wine website.
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We are excited to unveil our #HalfShellGin. A unique spirit distilled with oyster shells and kelp seaweed @ginstituteldn. You can pick up a bottle from today for £28 at all our restaurants, or through Deliveroo (£35). We’re also serving it across the group in our signature Half Shell Martini. We can’t wait for you all to try it! 🍸 . Special thanks to @distilleryldn and @carlingfordoysters
“The taste of oyster shells is then balanced with algae and other ingredients, such as juniper and Amalfi lemon,“ explains Ivan Ruiz, Wright Brothers beverage manager. ” The result is a tasty gin with high mineral notes and a pink pepper finish.“
The suggestion to taste the Half Shell Gin is to try it in a classic Martini cocktail to accompany oysters and seafood. Gin bottles are available at The Wright Brothers in London at £ 28 (around € 33).