1000 miles north from Berlin, between blooming marshes of Lithuania and stony Estonian islands, lays the crown jewel of Eastern Baltic coast – Rīga, the capital of Latvia. This city has always bred all kinds of rebels: it was the cradle of Reformation, hub of revolutionaries and homestead of anarchists. Its history has inspired unique and rebellious drinks as well. The first was the famous Herbal Bitter Riga Black Balsam – an alchemic experiment of 1752 with its still secret recipe, and the latest is Cross Keys gin. Created by the same master distiller who blends Balsam today, the gin takes its name from crossed keys – an ancient symbol of urban hospitality and part of Riga’s heraldry.
This gin is different. With its palate of northern summer flavours, Cross Keys Gin pleases with a rather complex taste ready for uncomplicated enjoyment. Not requiring complicated recipes, Cross Keys Gin will complement classic cocktails as no other gin. The unique aroma and structure of Cross Keys Gin is based on the symmetric interplay of four key ingredients: chamomile, linden blossoms, rosemary, and juniper. This authentic recipe requires great care, therefore Cross Keys Gin is locally handcrafted in small batches. This gin stands out among others in a black natural clay bottle that enhances the aging process of gin.