The first in our year-end lists bonanza, we take a look at what the most popular gins and features on this site were according to you, our readers.
Bombay Sapphire East [Gin Review]
In the first full year of its release, this is by far the most popular gin review on The Gin is In. And why not? Its a great gin made by one of the biggest names in gin, and its widely available. Through and through, this is what most of you were looking for in 2012, and I surely hope you found it, because its worth seeking out.
Bols Genever [Gin Review]
Last Year’s most popular page falls to #2 this year. Still, the biggest name in Genever is frequently searched and frequently sought after. Only narrowly beat out the Botanist again this year to stay around near the top of the popularity poll.
The Botanist [Gin Review]
The Botanist continues to be frequently searched for in 2012, and it really picked up steam in the second half of the year as the gin became more and more widely available in the United States.
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The classic cocktail revival has brought with it several drinks from the dead. But this is one drink that couldn’t be brought back from the land of ghosts and smoke until Creme De Violette returned to the market. For this small mercy, the gin community thanks Rothmann and Winter.
The drink is a potent blend of gin, Creme De Violette, Maraschino, and lemon juice. Usually served martini style, shaken with ice and poured into a martini glass. The aviation’s beauty is its simplicity. A classic gin mixed with a couple strongly flavored liqueurs. It also has a wonderful purple/blue color if you use a clear gin. Though if beauty isn’t your goal, I’m going to make a couple of suggestions that will make you an ugly as sin, but delicious drink.
Recipe by Consensus
In this case, I’m not going to rattle off a bunch of recipes, but tell you from experimentation what I think the perfect aviation is.
2 shots of good gin (this drink is nearly all gin, so I wouldn’t advise cheaping out here)
1/3 shot of Maraschino (you could do less if you dislike the strong flavor of it, but I think it adds balance)
1/3 shot of Creme De Violette.
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