Seafood restaurant chain Wright Brothers goes through thousands of oyster shells annually and decided to put them to good use by distilling them to create Half Shell Gin. Wright Brothers collaborated with The Ginstitute distillery for the creation of the unique gin spirit, which not only repurposes an abundant material but also complements the restaurant’s oyster, shellfish and fish dishes.
To make Half Shell Gin, Carlingford oyster shells are cold-macerated in neutral spirit, distilled and then added to the gin. The taste of the oster shells is balanced with other ingredients like kelp seaweed, juniper and lemon, resulting in a savory flavor.
According to Ivan Ruiz, Wright Brothers beverage manager, “Half Shell Gin is the perfect pairing to a cold platter of oysters and best served in a classic gin Martini to balance the briny nature of oysters or seafood.”
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