I’m excited today to share with you a second sneak preview from my forthcoming book Gin: the Art and Craft or the Artisan Revival.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve found facing the recent explosion in quite excellent Aged Gins is the lack of cocktails to make with them. I partnered with friend and cocktail creator Justin (follow him on Twitter @thetoptippler) to help engineer some novel creations that highlight these new spirits. One which I’m really proud to share with you today is called the Varuna Cocktail and it is an unlikely pairing of aged gin and coconut rum that is absolutely sublime and unique. You’re going to love this drink as much as I do, I promise. And you can get a head-start on making one of these new aged gin cocktails today.
The Aged Gin!
I was playing around with Aged Gins and Justin’s cocktail. Roundhouse Spirits in Colorado makes a fantastic Imperial Barrel Aged Gin (). In the Varuna, Justin’s drink uses this gin to showcase the chamomile, floral, caramelized notes and marries them perfectly with the slight coconut note from the dash of rum, all in a rich, frothy texture.
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In a ridiculous case of possibly the most unfortunate timing in the world for a gin writer, I had dinner at Washington D.C.’s Founding Farmer’s restaurant on Sunday night. And just four days later, they launch their own gin, distilled at the Copper Fox Distillery in Virginia. Available at the restaurant after October 22nd. North Carolina’s outstanding Cardinal Gin joined the Barrel Aging fray with their recently released Cardinal Barrel Rested Gin. If you’re fortunate enough to be located in the Carolinas, check it out and let me know how it is. Recently reviewed Ungava Gin has gone international, now available in 55 countries. And c’mon UK folks. You know you’re thinking holiday season already, and you know what that means? Master of Malt’s annual collaboration with The Gin Blog’s Ginvent Calendar. None of the spirits are new, but the calendar is. And it’s a great way to get to know 24 gins, some old favorites, some new.
Who Else is talking about gin?
Gin is no longer stuffy, uptight and old seeming, who would have thought? The telepgraph chronicles gin’s ascension from being “as cool as granny’s sherry*” to the choice of the “adventurous drinker.
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