Posts Tagged ‘gin’

The Spirit of Gin: A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival (Nov. 18)

The Spirit of Gin: A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival (Nov. 18)

On Tuesday, November 18 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., gin expert Erik Holzherr (The Gintender) will host a special Book Signing with author Matt Teacher to celebrate the release of The Spirit of Gin: A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival (Cider Mill Press Book Publishers, November 2014) at Wisdom (1432 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, 202-543-2323). Guests will be able to purchase copies of the book at the event for Teacher to sign, and will also have the option to purchase and sip a specially curated gin flight that Teacher and Holzherr put together specifically for the event.


NEGRONI WEEK

NEGRONI WEEK

It’s Negroni Week–sponsored by Imbibe Magazine and, of course, Campari.

We are excited to see this cocktail grow in popularity in the country and are excited to be a part of the Negroni movement!


Greenhook Tasting

Straight outta Brooklyn! Join us for a Greenhook Gin tasting. We’ll be featuring Greenhook Gin & Greenhook Beach Plum Gin Liqueur followed by house original cocktails by the Gintender (even though he is actually from Queens).


Wisdom’s Advanced Gin Mixology Class

Wisdom's Advanced Gin Mixology Class

Take a 2 hour mixology class with the Gintender covering the history of genever and how it evolved into gin, the spectrum of gin profiles, including aged gin. You’ll also get the opportunity to sample the world’s most expensive gin ever created–the Nolet’s Reserve which costs $100 per ounce!


How to Drink Gin in the Spring

How to Drink Gin in the Spring

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.


History of Gin Timeline

History of Gin Timeline

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.


The Greenest of Gins

The Greenest of Gins

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.


How to Drink Gin in the Winter

How to Drink Gin in the Winter

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.


Wisdom Gin Club

Wisdom Gin Club

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.


New in the World of Gin

New in the World of Gin

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!


The Reverse Martini

The Reverse Martini

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.


Veronique Beittel Knows Her Genever

Veronique Beittel Knows Her Genever

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 […]


The Gintender Talks about Gin…on the Radio

The Gintender Talks about Gin...on the Radio

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!


New Year’s Gala at Church & State

New Year's Gala at Church & State

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 & […]


Everyday Guide to Spirits and Cocktails: Gintender Feature

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. 


Help the Gintender Win “Trading Up” Competition

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 […]


Wisdom Invades Bluecoat

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! […]


Free Bluecoat Gin Tasting and Tour

Free Bluecoat Gin Tasting and Tour

            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% […]


Van Gogh’s (P)ear

Van Gogh's (P)ear

**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 […]


Jewel of The Nile

Jewel of The Nile

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.