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What Is Gin Made From?

The question “What Is Gin Made From?” has no easy answer. In the simplest terms, gin is a neutral grain spirit, like vodka, which has been flavored with juniper berries. Nothing else is required or excluded by the definition. In practice, we can say a few other things about gin: it is nearly always unaged; it’s usually redistilled after being ...

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Gin vs. Vodka

The history of American cocktails after World War II is very much a tug of war between gin and vodka.  As gin’s popularity waned, and the ingredients used in gin cocktails became obscure, vodka soared on the strength of its marketing campaigns, its mixability, and the ease of hiding it in the most mundane drinks.  That’s all well and good, ...

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Pimm’s Cup: A Touch of Class

Just as people have high-society and animals have pedigrees drinks also have hierarchy. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup sits fittingly high atop the rungs of the drinking ladder. A favored summer drink of the British, Pimm’s cup is often quaffed during sports events such as Wimbledon and The Royal Henley Regatta, and has garnered aristocratic plumage by being loved by high ...

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The Citrus Element in Gin

Citrus is the second most important botanical used in making gin; the first is always juniper. Sweet orange, bitter orange or lemon; one brand of super premium gin even uses grapefruit in its secret blend of botanicals. The cheaper labels will use essences of orange or lemon and may use cold compounding rather than infusion or distillation; you won’t find ...

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The Best Gin Cocktails for Spring

It may not be gin & tonic time yet, but we’re well on our way.  As the crocuses bloom and we raise our heads from winter hibernation, let’s not forget that gin can add so much to springtime! Here are a few recipes that explore the green, flowery, earthy and even pastel sides of gin cocktails for spring.  Enjoy! Cucumber & ...

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Hendrick’s Gin Review

This review of Hendrick’s Gin has been a long time in coming. Hendrick’s is certainly one the best gins ever. Despite the gimmicky advertising , its “new gin” heritage and the retro apothecary bottle, Hendrick’s Gin is both tasty and versatile. Opening Hendrick’s Gin The marketing experts at William Grant & Sons started with brilliant packaging for Hendrick’s Gin. The antique ...

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Review: Aviation Gin

This gin review is quite challenging to write, because the first question that comes to mind is: Is Aviation Gin really gin? Aviation describes itself as a “botanical democracy”. Alas, democracy is for governments, but juniper is for gin. Aviation lacks that anchor. Some juniper can be found, but it is well-buried. Don’t get me wrong, this concoction is quite ...

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The Perfect End-of-Summer Gin Dessert

Most people think of gin as the perfect aperitif. Cleansing the palate with a fine, crisp gin cocktail is the perfect way to prepare for a marvelous meal. But, gin for dessert? How rebellious! Daring! And tasty. Here’s a simply delightful  recipe that will cure your end-of-summer doldrums: Wired Gin Berry Sundaes In a small saucepan, combine: 1/3 cup gin (we prefer Junipero ...

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Coriander: For Rotten Meat, Love Potions and Gin

Look in any mid-to-well-stocked spice cupboard and you will find coriander. Look in any grocery store produce department and you will find cilantro. What you may not know, however, is that they come from the same plant. The plant that is grown for seed is referred to as coriander; it consists of the roots, seeds, leaves and flowers. Cilantro refers ...

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Cassia Bark: A Snickerdoodle for your Gin Cocktails

When you bite into that Snickerdoodle from the local bakery or sprinkle a little cinnamon on your venti mocha from the coffee shop, did it ever take you to another plane? Did you realize that some days, the days you did sprinkle on that extra touch of cinnamon that you were feeling a little bit more creative or artistic? Cinnamon, ...

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