My guide to drinking Gin in the Spring–with classic tipples. The snow is beginning to melt and soon green will begin to appear. Spring is upon us and its time to shake off the hibernation cobwebs and load up on energy and excitement as the mating period is about to begin! Here are five classics gin cocktails with my recommended ratios that I believe are best suited for Spring.
Without a doubt, gin has had quite the storied history. Here are a few of the Gintender’s favorite facts in the development of gin and how it became the delightful indulgence that we know and love today.
Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin is green. If you look at the capsule sealing each bottle of Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin, you’ll notice its green, unlike our Mosby’s Spirit and Roundstone Rye, which have black caps. For us, this color difference has real meaning. Not only is Catoctin Creek Watershed Gin is one of the few organic gins on the market, but it’s also produced in a zero waste process.
Some drinkers believe that gin and other clear spirits are best enjoyed during warm, sunny weather and that darker spirits such as aged rums and whiskeys are best drank in the winter. These people are amateurs and should be tarred and feathered, or at the very least ignored.
NINE Amazing gins being featured ALL under one roof! Erik Holzherr (the Gintender) will be on hand to talk about his love of gin, gin mixing basics, and how he has flavor-profiled them.
Last the night, the gintender attended the Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve (barrel finished gin) launch party. The event was hosted by Nick Van Tiel who is the ambassador for Beefeater and Plymouth (and an all around great guy.) The event was held at Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown-which was a great venue for it. The most notable point is that Beefeater chose to launch their new Reserve first in Washington DC before distributing in other parts of the country–finally, DC’s bar scene is coming of age!
It is no secret I have a healthy obsession with gin. It is the canvas I like to build most of my drinks on. But right after my obsession with gin is my obsession with aperitif wines/vermouth. In my humble opinion it is the least understood and most underutilized cocktail ingredient in our current cocktail rebirth. It is one of two ingredients in a Martini and one of three ingredients in a Manhattan, yet the majority of Americans and even many professional cocktail makers know very little about it and do not place importance on it.
Genever expert & Belgian Ex-pat, Veronique of Diep 9 gave us a fascinating history lesson on Genever (Gin’s Grand Daddy) at Wisdom a couple weeks ago at our very first Genever tasting. What is Genever??? The 500 year old Belgian National liquor that has a flavor profile somewhere between Gin, Vodka, and Whiskey. But enough out of us. Check out […]
Check out The Gintender breaking down everything you ever wanted to know about Gin on Foodie and the Beast with David and Nycci Nellis. Click here to listen. Note: The Gintender starts talking around 20 minutes into the program. Enjoy!
YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION–DRINK LIKE AN ADULT…AN ALL-Premium pre-paid gala. Tickets cost $250 for two people and space is limited. Only 50 people will be allowed in before midnight. Price includes cocktail course served throughout the night and appetizers (You will have open access to FruitBat, but only people who purchase tickets may enter Church & […]
A new video by The Great Courses features yours truly (The Gintender) with insight into the world of mixology, spirits and traditions. This video is a great way to get up to speed on the sipping of scotch, the mixing of gin and mixology essentials. It’s also a great reference if you are interested in […]
Kudos to our good friends at Leopold Bros, who make the official gin of Church & State, for getting some serious recognition in the New York Times! Congrats guys! Check out the article.
We need your help Gintender faithfuls! The Gintender has entered his very own “Miller’s Crossing” cocktail into the Martin Miller’s Gin ”Trading Up” Cocktail Competition (you will need to “like” the page in order to see the details). We need your vote to win! All you need to do is go to this Facebook page and “like” the […]
It has taken far too long, but we are finally getting up our video and photos from Wisdom’s Bluecoat distillery tour! A very special thanks to everyone at Philadelphia Distilling and, of course, Erik (the Gintender) for organizing such an awesome trip. Also thanks to the brilliant Scott Stead for putting this video together. Enjoy! […]
Don’t miss your chance to tour one of the finest gin distilleries in America! Come hang out with the Wisdom staff and crew this Sunday (September 25th) as they tour and drink gin at the Bluecoat distillery in the city that’s always sunny (Philadelphia). The best part? It’s 100% […]
**This recipe is a GINtender orginal** Ingredients: 1/2 oz. Lucid Absinthe, 1/2 oz. Belle de Brillet Pear Cognac, 1 oz. Bluecoat American Dry Gin, 2 oz. Fresh-pressed apple juice, Dash of Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6 Instructions: Shake ingredients well on ice. Add bitters after straining drink into a martini glass. Garnish with a […]
Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. Gin 1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse 1/2 oz. Yellow Chartreuse Instructions: Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.