Citadelle Gin invites you on a sensory stroll through a fragrant garden with its newest gin Citadelle Jardin d’éte, a permanent addition to the Citadelle portfolio. Inspired by a French garden cultivated by Debbie Gabriel, wife of Citadelle Founder Alexandre Gabriel, Jardin d’été is made with the addition of melon flesh, whole lemon, yuzu zest and orange peel added to the 19 botanicals used to make Citadelle Original. The pioneer of French gin, and a longtime favorite of bartenders, Citadelle has been crafting authentic “gin de terroir” in a small village in Charente, France for 25 years. To celebrate its latest opus, Citadelle took a cue from the garden at the Château de Bonbonnet, Citadelle’s home in the southwest of France. A ramble through the grounds of the Chateau de Bonbonnet brings you to an oasis nestled in a sunny corner. This is Debbie Gabriel’s garden. Debbie plants flowers, fruit, vegetables and herbs that blossom and thrive in the summertime. As evening falls after the heat of the day, it’s a delight to linger among the greenery and breathe in the scents. Alexandre Gabriel, forever the spirits innovator, felt he simply had to bottle this little patch of paradise. We think of it as a deliciously fragrant postcard from the Château de Bonbonnet. “Jardin d ’été is inspired by wandering through the beautiful summer garden that Debbie plants each year,” says Alexandre Gabriel. “This garden is bursting with incredible flowers, vegetables and fruits and the scent is always so intoxicating. We created Citadelle Jardin d ’été pairing melon flesh and whole lemon with zests of yuzu and sweet orange.” Jardin d’été is also uniquely rooted in its magnifificent terroir. In keeping with its total commitment to authenticity, Citadelle Gin now cultivates several hectares of juniper trees just across the road from the Château de Bonbonnet. The juniper berries are a key ingredient of Citadelle and the flavor foundation of Jardin d’été.