This might be one of those rare moment where those who follow me for my “American Perspective” might be rather thrown off.
I [like many others] have been watching the Euro 2012 tournament and I [like many others] have been enjoying a satisfying adult beverage while watching said games. But here’s the question: what should I have to quaff while watching? And most importantly, I don’t want to be drinking the same thing as the supporters of the French side, especially not when I’m cheering on Sweden.
If you Support Germany, the favorites at this point….
In your case you want something that fits your position. You’re clearly the favorites, so you can take it easy- but not too easy. Right? So you need an effortless cocktail. For you I’m going to recommend a Negroni, a cocktail surely befitting a tournament favorite. But wait, you shouldn’t take that with just any gin. How about Schlichte, the only gin to be a protected regional style in Germany. Go with a 1:1:1 ratio of Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari and enjoy the games.
Are you supporting the French in the Euro Quarters?
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Some gins are the perfect examples of their style. Plymouth is the classic example of Plymouth style gin and Schlichte is the classic example of the Steinhäger style. If you’re curious about the style’s baseline, we covered that a short while ago. This review is just about Schlichte.
The first thing I noticed was the beautiful earthenware bottle. It stands out among the other glass bottles in any gin section where it appears. It seems distinctly “old world” and “throwback” just as itself.
I opened, and the first thing I noticed was nearly nothing. No powerful aromas, just a subtle hint of gin. Its just as cool and throwback as the bottle itself. So far Schlichte has given away precious little of itself. I know that its triple distilled based on neutral wheat spirit and juniper berries, with a recipe dating back to the 15th century. But what else? On to tasting: will you reveal your secrets?
Sipping it neat reveals a distinctly different and unique among gin quality. Its remarkably smooth and simple. You taste the juniper and that’s about it. Technically that’s exactly what it should taste like too.
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Sorry, no video for today’s cocktail. But bare with me: this is a good one.
Chris Grant of the now closed Belly in Portland, Oregon created the Pine Needle Press.
2 1/4-inch thick cucumber slices, one diced and one reserved as a garnish
1 1/2 ounces gin (I used Schlichte again)
3/4 ounces Douglas fir eau de vie
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce (barely) simple syrup
This may sound crazy, especially as someone who drinks a lot of gin and tonics in the summer (especially garnished with cucumber), but this cocktail comes out strong on the cucumber and light on the pine. Its refreshing, and summery- but there is just enough pine to faintly invoke the holidays. This Christmas cocktail may be the one most appropriate for Christmas in July.
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