dry gin


Emergency Protocol 417 (Doctor Who cocktail)

2 parts Gin
2 parts Vodka
½ part Dry vermouth
1 Lemon twist

Capt. Jack Harkness is the kind of guy that can enjoy a good, strong drink. We’ve post this recipe, created by Eddie Strickland, before, but it was just so elegant an pretty that I wanted to record it. A special thanks to Cristina Visue, who filmed and edited this beautiful video!

Study of Spirit: Styles of Gin.

To know gin is to know life. As a bartender it is very important to know your gins well, whether you are matching the right botanicals to go with the rest of the ingredients in the cocktail or suggesting the correct gin for a G&T. To help you understand the basics of gin I have made a list of different types you will come across.

Here are the different styles of lovely lovely Gin:

  • London Dry: The most popular from all the types. Named dry as it does not contain any sugar to make it sweet. Originally only made in London, but now can be made in any part of the world as long as it sticks to the rules. Mostly around 45% ABV, and characterized by citrus notes and aroma coming from the use of dried orange and lemon peels.
    Famous brands: Beefeater, Bombay, Tanqueray, Gordons, Broker’s.
  • Plymouth: England’s only protected gin with a geographical indication that can only be made in Plymouth, using water from Dartmoor. Known for his mere seven-botanical recipe it is a less drier gin with more earthy notes.
    Famous Brands: Well…. Plymouth.
  • Old Tom: The father of London dry this is a Victorian style gin from the 1800′s made the old way. Old Tom has a fuller body and is much sweeter. That is because during the Gin boom many bathtub gins didn’t have the best equipment to distill a clean gin. The final product had many impurities and imperfections that made the gin taste bad. The way to cover that was to add more botanicals and sugar to the spirit. This gin is used to make many classic cocktails such as the Martinez, Tom Collins, Gin Rickey.
    Famous Brands: Hayman’s, Ransom, Tanqueray Old Tom.
  • New Western/American (International): These are new gins on the market that focus on putting less emphasis on juniper and more emphasis on other aromatics.
    Famous Brands: Hendrick’s, Gin Mare, Aviation.
  • Sloe: Gin infused with sloe (blackthorn) drupes and sugar. It is more of a liqueur than a gin, holding up at around 25% ABV. Most commonly drank during christmas it has a berry sweetness to it.
    Famous Brands: Many famous brands have their own sloe gin for sale. Gordons, Plymouth, Sipsmith.
  • Genever: The great grand daddy of gin comes from the Netherlands. Genever otherwise known as Dutch gin is unlike any other gin you will taste. Made from malt grains, it gives it a darker color and flavor that is more similar to a light-bodied, botanical whiskey.
    Famous Brand: Bols Genever.

    Remember to drink responsibly! :)

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