Gin: the first flavored vodka.
Gins are often defined by juniper flavors, but can often contain a bouquet of botanicals like lavender and citrus. Like vodka, gin usually starts life as fruit or grain which is fermented to 5-10% alcohol over the course of a few days. The fermented product is then distilled to raise its alcohol concentration. Most types of gin are then re-distilled in a still with a “gin basket” so flavors of the botanicals are drawn into the spirit as it passes through each section of the still.
Because of its herbal taste and the variety of infusions possible, gin is a workhorse as a base spirit for cocktails, and has been for centuries.
Gin is incredibly fun to make cocktails with, and with the variety of new gins being introduced (including some barrel-aged gin expressions), the possibilities are endless. Some of favorite gin recipes are:
Clarified Gin Milk Punch
Classic clarified gin milk cocktail.Read more.
A little and tequilla in this negroniRead more.
Drier precursor to the Singapore Sling.Read more.
Lovechild of a gimlet and Bloody MaryRead more.
Friday Cynar Negroni
This bitter Negroni is the best way to jump start the weekendRead more.
Coffee, cacao, and amaro cocktail from Saskatoon.Read more.
1915 classic remade with reasonable proportions.Read more.
The Golden Compass
Delicious post-Indian digestifRead more.
Impossible to pronounce gin based tiki drinkRead more.
Cocktail featuring faultline and coffee liquor.Read more.
Domaine de Canton Ginger Negroni
Italian classic with a drop of China.Read more.
Spirit forward cocktail with terroir ginRead more.
Green Ghost Cocktail
Flavor to Match the BeautyRead more.
Shimmering, Strong Cocktail Featuring Green ChartreuseRead more.
Nearly lost, prohibition era cocktailRead more.
The French 75
Champagne cocktail that packs a powerful punchRead more.
The Aviation Cocktail
Pre-prohibition era masterpieceRead more.