This is our annual look at our top 10 favorite gins of all time for the year 2012.
Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin
Its going to be hard to displace this gin from the top perch of my chart, but let me say, in this past year there were a lot of worthy competitors for this title. I still love the blend of juniper, citrus and the subtle sweetness that cucumber brings to this gin. Refreshing, invigorating and it works in every cocktail.Quote from review: “Miller’s gin balances a crisp clean Juniper flavor with a hint of Citrus sweetness. These two flavors are in such perfect harmony, that Miller’s is the epitome of versatility in gin.“
St. George’s Terroir Gin
Those of you going straight off of my “ratings” may be surprised to see a gin that I gave 4.5 stars to rising above others that I gave five to, but let me offer you this. The way that this flavor sticks with you, vividly in your memory long after the bottle is finished is exactly why this gin ranks so highly in my book.
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The Fourth of July. A time of Barbecues, sun, relaxation and America [gin anyone?]. But I know what you’re saying. When you’re out in the yard grilling up some steaks and the rest of your friends are pounding back a few “cold ones” you’re looking for something a bit more junipery.
I’m here to help. But first, put that bottle of Beefeater away. Lock the Bombay back in the liquor cabinet and don’t even think about grabbing that bottle of the Botanist. Sure it has over 30 botanicals, but today we’re celebrating America. And what better way than by drinking an American gin?
I’ve got you covered and you can thank me later when you’re enjoying a couple of cocktails.
I am a sucker for cheesy American flag and Eagle clip art. So please spare me this one eccentricity
Our first cocktail suggestions hails from Midtown Manhattan with the apt-named “Firecracker cocktail.” Just the idea of pureeing another July 4th tradition [watermelon] immediately conjures up notions of having a watermelon seed spitting contest with your closest cousins. Additionally, this is a great cocktail to make ahead of time too.
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