As we head into the final stretch of winter and start to see hope for the sunny days of spring, I find myself craving a very particular sort of drink. I call this a transitional drink: something that stays true to the current season, but hints at what’s coming next.
The trusty gin and tonic. It’s refreshing. It’s simple. It’s a classic. But not every G&T is created equal. With only two main ingredients in your glass, the quality of those ingredients makes a huge difference. If you’ve already made the smart choice to swap the plastic-bottle window-cleaner gin for a quality spirit, there’s no reason to […]
Gin is a pretty divisive spirit. Ask your friends if they like whiskey, you’ll get a few mild shrugs, a couple unasked-for Pappy tattoo reveals, and a bunch of “Oh yeah, sure,” because we’re all supposed to like whiskey. Ask your friends if they like gin, the room will erupt into chaos (or fall entirely […]
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, let’s say variation is the highest form of fandom. And maybe it’s fair enough that both gin and vodka have gotten minor makeovers. Pillars of the spirits industry, gin and vodka tend to be politely misunderstood or politely taken for granted (and yes, gin aficionados, we excuse […]
Mixing gin with various juices is not exactly a 20th century invention; I imagine it’s been happening since gin was first distilled in the early 17th century.
Over the past year the Negroni has taken on a life of its own. Renowned for its strong, bitter flavor profile, the classic cocktail has become incredibly popular, partly because it’s many-a bartenders’ first choice at the end of a long shift. Although most would say the drink is perfect the way it is, I’ve taken the liberty of […]
You know the scene: loud bar, terrible song playing, reasonably tired bartender staring bullets at you as you sweat about your drink choice. Your mind goes for something familiar, something trustworthy, reliably so-so: “Gin and tonic!” Except you get it, and it’s, well, a Gin and Tonic, but not much more. And here you are […]
While the Negroni has long been a classic cocktail, this Italian drink is coming back in style with full force. Any cocktail bar worth its salt has the ingredients in stock to whip you up a Negroni. The components are simple (gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth), but the outcome is far from basic. For all […]
Tomorrow marks legendary author Dorothy Parker’s 122nd birthday, and were she alive to celebrate it, there is no doubt that a gin cocktail would have been in her hand. Parker, a writer, poet, activist and critic was also one of the world’s wittiest drinkers and the world of cocktails is better off because she was […]