Tomorrow, August 13th, Hendrick's Gin is celebrating International Left-Handers Day. Why one might ask? They are on a mission to change the way people view the world. Before we reveal how, first, here's why we're celebrating:
The uniqueness of left-handers across the world is celebrated highlighting the inconveniences that they experience in a predominantly right-handed world. Making up only about 10% of the world’s population today, left-handers join the likes of such historical greats as Michelangelo, Queen Victoria and Joan of Arc.
However, left-handers have not always been celebrated. In fact, once upon a time, people were terrified of left-handers and the slightly different angle from which they viewed the world. The left side and subsequently left-handedness carried many negative superstitions, mainly because of its association with witchcraft and the devil, who was usually portrayed as being left-handed. The Latin word ‘sinistra’ means ‘left’ as well as ‘unlucky’ and this double meaning survives today in the English word ‘Sinister’.
Jim Ryan, Hendrick's left-handed brand ambassador, has created a cocktail that will ONLY taste delicious if two people make it with their right hands tied behind their back. He has crafted Magda’s Misfortune, the perfect tipple for raising in your left hand.
The simplicity of this delectable cocktail also pays tribute to yarrow, the botanical used in Hendrick’s that brings a delightful floral note to this most unusual gin.
“Yarrow is a botanical long associated with magic and witchcraft.” Comments David Piper, Global Ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin. “It was believed that if you plucked a yarrow leaf with your left hand whilst saying aloud the name of a sick person you wished to cure and then proceeded to eat the leaf, the fever in the patient would cease.”
Pour Hendrick's Peculiar Gin, lemon juice, Barenjager and syrup into a shaker. Add ice and shake for 20 seconds. I would advise facing your partner and placing a left hand on each end of the shaker. Next separate the shaker set and strain into an iced long glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a yarrow sprig.
*place one gram dried yarrow into an equal parts solution of simple syrup while hot. Allow to sit for 10 minutes and then strain out.
So lefties, this is your day, relax and put your right-handed friends to work on Magda's Misfortune!
By Ashley Caputo
(Photo Credit: Quinn Dombrowski)