I have a confession. I love gin. In fact, sometimes I crave gin. I go head over heels for most drinks with gin.
I still remember the first time I tried gin. At that time, I was barely past the drinking age when a good friend of mine asked if I’d like to try his Gin & Tonic. I think I scowled a bit as all of these thoughts surfaced. Didn’t my mother drink gin in the 80s? Isn’t gin for rich, old people who hang out at the tennis club? Doesn’t my great uncle who smells like mothballs and wears too much aftershave always have a gallon of gin on his bar?
What the heck — we were out on the town for some fun that night, so I put my big-girl panties on and gave it a try. After all, it was just a sip.
Well, that sip turned into a few rounds. And now, several years later, gin is my classic choice. It’s my go-to spirit at home and when I go out.
Most people think gin tastes like pine needles, and pretty much leave it at the taste. That “pine needle” taste is actually the predominate flavor of juniper berries. But what people may not know is that gin is meant to be mixed so that the botanicals create some pretty fantastic specialty concoctions. And that’s when the flavor comes to life!
News to me, gin is making a pretty big comeback all over the globe. In fact, the number of distilleries and gin sales are spiking. We’re fortunate here in the Pacific Northwest to be home to one of the major hot spots for not only craft brewing, but craft distilling as well (Fortune.com).
The original Martini, made with gin, is an iconic drink. So many variations stem from this timeless cocktail. Click here to read an extensive history and recipe (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/oct/29/martini-recipe-classic-perfect).
As mentioned above, my favorite is the classic Gin & Tonic. It’s quite honestly, the easiest cocktail recipe (http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/gin-and-tonic). I usually am not particular with the brand, but do prefer a tall with extra lime. This is a refreshing drink for all year round.
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A few months back I spread my gin wings and immediately got hooked on the Gin Gimlet. Oh, let me tell you. Even if you aren’t a fan of the G&T, you will like this one. Trust me, you’ll wonder how your glass became empty so quickly. Here’s a good recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/geoffrey-zakarian/classic-gin-gimlet.html).
This holiday, I want to try a new gin cocktail. Maybe you do to? Or, maybe you’re looking for that signature drink for your special day. I found this one (http://www.perpetuallyhungryblog.com/2014/10/01/pear-gin-cocktail/) and boy am I excited! The garnish alone makes this pear infused cocktail a perfect seasonal treat. It looks delish.
So what are you waiting for?! Go get your gin on!
Tell us, what’s your go-to holiday cocktail?