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The Best Tonic Water Recipe

It’s nearly summer – and Gin & Tonic season! So, why not make your own tonic water? The Gin & Tonic has probably has the richest history of any gin beverage. Tonic water’s history in Europe dates back to the 1600’s, but it has been in use far longer by the Quechua Indians of Peru. The unique flavor of tonic water comes ...

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CapRock Organic Gin Review

CapRock Organic Dry Gin is described by Peak Spirits as “a unique blend of fruits, buds, seeds, and spices infused and distilled in a base spirit made with organic Jonathon and Braeburn apples.”  It sounds like the perfect gin for cool autumn nights. And it is. Their tagline, “Not your grandmother’s gin” is an understatement to say the least. Some describe ...

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Let’s Face It, Gin Contains Juniper

In the recent article Gin Time, Cheers Magazine reports on the increasing popularity of gin, attributing it to a combination of classic cocktails and the rise of New Western gins like Bluecoat, Beefeater 24 and Aviation.  They have it half right. Classic cocktails are the foundation of gin’s rise in popularity. Interest in all the classics like the Negroni, Pimms Cup and, of course ...

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Juniper, Gin’s Namesake

That distinctive smell that permeates the air when a fresh bottle of gin is opened is the signature scent of juniper. Some gins like Junipero are flavored with only juniper and a lot of it, others balance it with as many as 18 or 20 other botanicals and some add so much of another flavor the juniper has to fight ...

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Upside-Down Martini

Two big events last month bring the Upside-Down martini (aka Reverse Martini) front and center these days. First, the last month’s release of the movie Julie and Julia showcases the cocktail’s creator and advocate, Julia Child.  I’ve always appreciated the fact that she attributed her longevity to “red meat and gin”.  Despite her perceived benefits of gin, vermouth was a ...

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Review: Greylock Gin

Gin may have been invented in Holland (well, jenever or genever at least), but England created the sensation across its empire. So, it’s only natural that botique gins have emerged in Massachusetts, USA. It may be the home of the American Revolution and the “cradle of liberty”, but the names of towns and cities bear the mark of the British ...

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Review: Whitley Neill Gin

Whitley Neill gin was launched this year in the United States. It was created just a couple of years ago by someone who decided to save his “deteriorating eyesight from the joy of more mind-numbing spreadsheets”. I’m glad spreadsheets can have such inspiration! This gin is “made in London” and “inspired by Africa”, bringing innovative botanicals like gooseberries and baobab ...

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Not Your Grandfather’s Still

Chemical & Engineering News reported that gin technology took a big step forward last month. In an article published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry last month, scientists concluded that distilling gin in a high vacuum, low temperature still resulted in a gin that tasters considered “less pungent” and “more floral”.  The patented process is on its way to ...

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Sippin’ on Gin and Juice

Though hip hop’s role in the resurgence of gin since the early 90s is an oft-neglected topic, I want to talk more broadly about combinations of gin and fruit juice. Fresh juice, while it may seem the furthest thing from revolutionary in this age of flavor labs and umami and turkey-flavored soda, has been a key component of the modern ...

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Why Are We Here?

We’re here because gin is underappreciated, if not insulted by the current vodka-centric cocktail generation.   Sure, gin is a neutral grain spirit, like vodka.  But that’s where the similarity ends.  There’s much more fun in gin.  Unlike vodka, it’s usually redistilled after being infused with its flavorings. In addition to the juniper berries, it’s flavored with a number of ...

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