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Homemade Gin Kit Review

The Homemade Gin Kit is all the rage these days as a gift idea for cocktail lover. The idea of this gift of gin is simple: Just grab a bottle of vodka, steep it with some stuff, and you have gin. Pair it with El Guapo Bitters Tonic Syrup and you have the perfect package any friend interested in gin (… as ...

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The Best Bar Gifts for the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching and at Wired Gin, that means an opportunity to consider cocktail-oriented gifts for friends and family. Whether you celebrate Christmas, New Years, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, what could bring a more festive spirit to the season than a finely crafted cocktail using the best tools and knowledge available? Let your gin cool to just the ...

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Gin Quotes

The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived. -DeVoto, Bernard In Harper’s Magazine, Dec. Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. -Epstein,JuliusJ Humphrey Bogart as Rick in Casablanca (with Philip ...

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Best Gin Cocktails for Summer

As we approach the dog days of summer, it is time to venture beyond gin & tonics. Not that we’re against a frosty G&T – its just that there’s so much more gin can offer for summer refreshment. Light mixers let you enjoy the nuances of gin in a less alchoholic form so you can quaff a little more enthusiastically than in ...

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The Martini

The best known of David Embury’s six basic drinks everyone should know (the others are the Jack Rose, the Manhattan, the Old-Fashioned, the Daiquiri, and the Sidecar), the martini is synonymous in the public imagination with cocktail culture.  Neon signs depicting cocktail glasses and olives advertise cocktail lounges, and the drink is so strongly associated with that distinctive long-stemmed glass ...

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The Perfect Martini

No blog devoted to gin would be complete without a martini recipe. But, why re-invent a classic cocktail? Near the dawn of the internet age, Mr. Lucky eloquently delivered the perfect recipe for a classic martini, including advanced instructions for those with a greater thirst for knowledge.

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Licorice: For Gin and a Million Other Things

Most of the botanicals used in flavoring gin are also used in herbal medicines, teas and even cosmetics. Licorice root is used for a variety of products and processes that range from curing a wide variety of ailments to enhancing tobacco. Cough medicine is one of the first everyday products that comes to mind, right after jellybeans, of course. Licorice is ...

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Review: Broker’s Gin

Broker’s Gin comes to you with personality. It stands out on your local retailer’s shelf with a clever little black hat on top. The hat screams out “try me – I’m not like all those bare-headed gins!” What other gin takes such fashion risk? Nevertheless, Broker’s Gin is a vintage gin in every way. Made at a distillery near London ...

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Oxley Gin Review

Oxley Gin bottle

Everything about Oxley Gin screams super-premium gin: production capacity is only 240 bottles/day, it claims to be the first cold-distilled spirit ever, the cap is covered by a stylish leather tie and, of course, it is the most expensive bottle of gin in our local store (US$59.99). Is all this extravagance worthwhile? We took the plunge and bought a bottle ...

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Bitters: The Negroni, Pimm’s Cup and Pink Gin

Gin has a long-attested affinity for bitter flavors. The British introduced the gin and tonic for medicinal reasons, but it’s remained one of the most popular and iconic drinks — needing little accompaniment except perhaps a wedge of fresh lime or a wheel of orange — because the coolness of the juniper and the bite of the bitterness make for ...

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