THE PERFECT POUR

Merchant’s Heart believes in getting all of the components of a drink exactly right, and being a bit nerdy about the details. We call our drinks spirit enhancers because they’ve been designed to get the very best out of the spirits they are served with. 

THE SCIENCE BEHIND MERCHANT’S HEART


The CO2 in our liquids is what carries our flavour to the nose and allows the full taste of our serves to be enjoyed.

Merchant’s Heart liquids have high and long lasting carbonation. One of the reasons for this is that we carbonate to a high level at bottling- leading to not only a high initial carbonation but also high carbonation after pouring.

MERCHANT’S HEART GUIDE TO PERFECT POURING

We want bartenders to experiment with our spirit enhancers, and create their own imaginative recipes. But we’ve done a lot of research into carbonation and ingredients so that we can help Merchant’s Heart pourers enjoy the best drink possible – from keeping it perfectly fizzy for as long as possible to getting the concentration right and adding garnishes that compliment, rather than kill, the taste and carbonation. 

A step by step guide to perfect pouring:

perfect

Perfect pairing: Select a spirit and the Merchant’s Heart that will perfectly enhance its characteristics. 

glass

Choose a glass - it needs to be big enough to pack with large ice cubes and ideally with a stem so you can keep it cool.

chill

Chill the glass (in the fridge or by filling it with ice cubes for a few minutes and drain excess water).

pack

Pack the glass with as much ice as possible and add spirit (we use 50ml per 150ml of Spirit Enhancer or a 1:3 ratio).

hurbs

If you are using herbs, spices or dried citrus to flavour your drink; in a separate glass, steep them in your spirit for a few moments to let the flavours infuse before adding the mixture to your glass of ice.

slowly

Slowly pour 150ml of Merchant’s Heart against the side of the glass.

citrus

If you’re using citrus, always use dehydrated slices. If using zest, prepare it over the top of the glass so that the oils spray into the glass and around the 

gental

Gently stir once or twice very slowly.

gently

Garnish the drink with a little more citrus zest, spices or flowers (all things playful & beautiful). We stick to two garnishes max.