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Top Five Gin Drinks for Autumn

The leaves are falling and we’re all thinking about spooky ghosts, picking apples, killing turkeys and autumn gin cocktails. These increasingly darker, cooler days call us to transition from outdoor garden parties to creative indoor cocktail parties. Avoid Pumpkin-tinis and other creepy sweet concoctions. Instead, try some of these tasty recommendations for gin drinks this fall season: 1. Stellar Gin Apple ...

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Review: Junipero Gin

Writing a review of Junipero Gin is like writing a review of the sun. There’s not much to say.  Junipero Gin is the ultimate gin, illuminating the cocktail scene with a brilliant touchstone that all modern gins must be measured against. Drink it, and you’ll know what gin is.  And what vodka isn’t. Let’s start with the basics: this gin ...

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Angelica: Gin is Medicine, Too

Angelica Archangelica: it sounds like a famous work of art, something you should recognize like the Mona Lisa or the Pieta. It is, in fact, a root used in herbal medicine and in the flavoring of gin. It is used for sweetening in the kitchen and has many uses as a medicinal botanical. It has also been used as currency. ...

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The Gin Gimlet

The martini is the public face of gin, the iconic cocktail — deservedly so, to be sure. Its popularity is approached only by the gin and tonic, that refreshing and pleasantly bitter concoction of the British. But my favorite everyday gin drink – the one that requires no special ingredients, unlike a Last Word or an Aviation – is the gimlet: ...

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Best Gin Cocktails for the Holidays

Ho Ho Ho!  Holiday cocktail time is here, and gin is perfect for the season. Uninitiated party-goers may complain that gin tastes too “piney” for them. However, this time of year that juniper flavor is perfect next to your Christmas tree. Traditional gins are best for for your holiday gin cocktails, including Tanquaray, Beefeater and even Gordons. For an extra holiday ...

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Sipsmith’s Gin Review

From the first glance at the bottle, Sipsmith Gin gives an impression of being extremely solid. The bulbous glass bottle features a simple label, with a graphic styling of a pot-still with a swan’s neck. The reference to the still is not random. Sipsmith is distilled in an old-fashioned copper still named Prudence. The still is the first to launch ...

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Orris Root: Perfume for Gin

Orris root is a botanical used in the manufacture of perfumes and potpourris. It is also used as a flavoring in gin, imparting the scent of sweet violets. More importantly, though, it binds the aromas of the other botanicals together, keeping them from dissipating too soon. Orris root was banned in parts of Europe; the sale of pure orris root ...

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Hoxton Gin Review

If you’re in the market for an unusual gin experience, Hoxton Gin might be the spirit you’re looking for. Hoxton Gin is the brainchild of a bartender “geeking out over the beautiful spirit,” who set out to “create a fun gin that’s like no other on the market.” Well, it’s certainly fair to say that owner Gerry Calabrese has taken ...

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The New Gins – An Overview

The recent revival of cocktail culture and the sudden American interest in new flavors — viz: orange Kit Kats, purple Mountain Dew, chipotle Doritos, chicken on pizza — are probably the two main factors in the wave of new gins on the market following the resurgence of gin’s popularity to the American palate. While the mainstays are still with us ...

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Leopold’s Gin Review

As the name suggests, Leopold’s Gin is produced in very small batches, limited to fifty cases each time. A family business from Denver, Colorado, Leopold Bros. began producing gin in 2002.  Like most hand-crafted distillers, Leopold keeps its presentation simple: the gin comes in a clear apothecary bottle, simply adorned with white labels and the batch number. American gin has ...

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