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 […]
Contrary to what James Bond thinks, a true martini is made with gin. What separates gin from vodka is its characteristic botanicals. While 51% of these botanicals are comprised of juniper, the others are left up to the imagination of the distiller. There’s gin flavored with everything from rose petals to hops. These funky gins […]
Vodka isn’t for everyone. Even some people who love vodka have a few bottles lying around that they aren’t as fond of as others. In those situations, don’t dump the vodka down the drain, make bathtub gin instead! Bathtub gin isn’t really gin – to make real gin you’d have to actually be at a […]
Gin is a polarizing spirit. You’ll find fist-pumping juniper enthusiasts and people who insist they don’t do gin. For some reason, it seems that many people have had one bad experience with gin and are therefore never willing to try it again. Moreover, a lot of people aren’t fond of the distinct piney flavor of […]
A gin and tonic is a supremely classy drink, which is why you might not find yourself drinking one in a tacky nightclub. However, if you ever find yourself at a venue with a blacklight and a G&T in hand, you might notice that your drink will take on a glow. Here’s why: Contrary to […]
”Gin, or vodka?” The bartender is inviting me to pick a spirit for my martini. ”Gin,” I tell him. Then, feeling a little indignant, I say, ”Always gin.” I love vodka, but it doesn’t belong in a martini. To me, a martini with gin (i.e. the OG martini) is the perfect cocktail.
It’s the end of an era. After the final half of the last season of Mad Men, we’ll have to say goodbye to torrid office affairs, lush apartments (complete with sunken living rooms), and Jon Hamm at his dead sexist. One thing you won’t have to bid farewell, however, is a classic cocktail.