Articles Tagged: Christmas


Gin News [November 8th, 2013]

homemade xmas gin

A quiet week in the world of gin. If the change in the weather, or  the sudden appearance of red ribbons and green trees at local retailers hasn’t hinted otherwise, perhaps the two gin launches we have to note will remind you, “the holidays are right around the corner….”

What’s New?

Who was talking about gin this week?

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What do I drink for? The Holiday Season

No matter what you’re celebrating, happy Christmas, merry Chaunakah, a joyous Kwanzaa, a prosperous solstice and New Year, there’s a gin drink to celebrate your holidays with.

HAPPY XMAS. Now what do I drink?  Well if you’re celebrating Christmas, I think its safe to assume you have a seven and a half foot pine tree in your living room, decked out in your family’s finest spherical ornaments and familial Hallmark heirlooms? Then let me suggest something a bit literal. Pine. Let’s bring it.

You’re a gin drinker. Do you have a bottle of Douglas Fir Eau De Vie?


Put it on your list and then come back. Yes? Let’s go.

Pine Needle Press: 2 large cucumber slices. 2 parts of a nice juniper forward gin. 1 part Clear Creek Douglas Fir Eau De Vie 1/2 part Lemon Juice 1 part simple syrup. Shake ingredients with ice, strain and serve in a cocktail glass. Top with soda warter. Garnish with a lemon twist or pine branch.

Its bright (it’s green) and it tastes like a fresh Christmas cocktail should.

HAPPY HANUKKAH! Now what do I drink?

As you light the candles on your menorah you might just be looking for something to drink while basking the glow of candlelight.

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Cocktails for Christmas: The Douglas Fir Gimlet

I recently reviewed Clear Creek’s Douglas Fir Eau De Vie, and declared it “a perfect drink for the holidays.” So for Christmas 2011, we’re going to look at a few ways that other mixologists have put this liqueur to work.  Today’s Christmas cocktail is the Douglas Fir Gimlet as featured in the New York Times, as created by Audrey Sanders of New York’s Pegu Club.

The original recipe:

Douglas Fir Gimlet

1½ ounces Tanqueray gin ½ ounces Clear Creek Douglas Fir eau de vie ¾ ounces Fresh lime juice ½ ounces Simple syrup ½ ounces Homemade grapefruit syrup

Now this is a good recipe, but I made a few modifications. Firstly, the Grapefruit syrup is a necessity, but two kinds of simple syrup? Seems redundant to me. Secondly, Tanqueray is a fine gin, but I didn’t have it in stock. So I chose to make perhaps an unorthodox substitution and use Schlichte’s Steinhager style gin. Steinhager is all juniper and nothing else. I thought it would make a good supporting gin to emphasize the pine notes in this cocktail.

The Gin is In’s Douglas Fir Gimlet

1½ ounces Schlichte Steinhager style gin ½ ounces Clear Creek Douglas Fir eau de vie ¾ ounces Fresh lime juice 1 ounce Grapefruit Simple syrup*

My tasting Notes: Phenomenal cocktail.

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