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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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