Spirits trends, like everything in the modern world, are dominated by extremes. Low-proof vermouths and other aromatized wines rule one end of the spectrum, while bottled-in-bond and other ultra-high-proof spirits punch through the other. And so it seems fitting that navy strength gin, a style that dates back to the 1700s, is becoming increasingly common […]
There was a time, not too long ago, when gin was clear, unaged, and tasted mostly like juniper. Stroll into your local liquor store today, however, and you’re likely to find an assortment of aged gins, those swapping juniper for softer flavors, and, suddenly, pink gins. Yes, pink. These carefully crafted spirits have colors ranging […]
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in Santa Cruz, Calif., is currently conducting a study using cannabis to treat veterans suffering from PTSD. It’s reportedly the “first-ever U.S. study of smoked cannabis for a mental health condition or medical condition.” It could lead to medication. To help people. Soldiers. Meaning legalization fear-mongers can stand down […]
Not only is Tanqueray almost 200 years into the gin game, the company actually helped drive the evolution of the category itself. It was part of the mission to transform gin from “Christmas tree fire water” to something actually respectable.
Though the origins of gin are in 18th-century Holland, the spirit is inextricably linked to the U.K. The country has a long, occasionally depraved history with gin; at one point the liquor’s reputation in London was so bad that it became known as “mother’s ruin,” owing to the reckless abandon with which it was consumed […]
Of all the various spirit categories that make up the dynamic culture of drink around the world, gin has arguably the most storied past. Its English heritage tells the story of British aristocracy, class warfare, technological innovation, the maritime industry, and more. Let’s go back to the very beginning, shall we?
There’s a lot more a lot of us should know about gin in general. Which means there’s definitely plenty we should know about a gin like Bombay Sapphire. The great grandchild of the 1761 gin distillery founded by Thomas Dakin in Warrington, England, Bombay burst onto the scene in the late ‘80s.
London’s toughest door admits fewer than 40 people a night. The bar itself is hiding in plain sight in one of the city’s most thronged tourist hubs. Welcome to the Yeoman Warders Club, also known as The Keys. The members-only establishment is situated in the Tower of London, the historic fortress and No. 1 paid tourist attraction […]
For bartenders, choosing a favorite bottle of booze is like picking a favorite child: It’s not easy and someone is going to get their feelings hurt. We asked 10 drinks professionals to tell us the one bottle they always have around. Then, to make things even more challenging, we requested they keep prices down and […]