Gin ParlorTrivia Tidbits:
The best way to taste gins for comparison is at room temperature, diluted with an equal measure of water. This reveals both qualities and flaws.
Tom Collins ~ London Dry Gin | Lime |Candied Lemon-Lime Simple Syrup | Soda
In 1874 a dastardly rapscallion in NYC created a false slander game; the Prankster would report to some unsuspecting soul that Tom Collins was bandying about town talking late 19th Century smack. A clever bartender created a drink with the same name. Then, when a red-cheeked man in the bar demanded to know if Tom Collins was there, the bartender made the drink, served it up, and charged for it.
Garden Gimlet ~ Gin | Sweetened Citrus Cucumber Water | Club Soda
Rich with British naval history and a sharp kick, the Gimlet’s origins aren’t the most glamorous ~ well, because scurvy has never been sexy. But seeing as citrus juice was a gift from the Gods to sailors (think vitamin C), it was regularly administered as preventative medicine.
The Clover Club ~ London Dry Gin | Raspberry Simple Syrup | Dry Vermouth | Lemon | Whipped Egg White
This pre-Prohibition classic was born in a gentlemen’s club in Philadelphia and is so beloved that it even has a whole bar in Brooklyn, New York, named after it.
French 75 ~ London Dry Gin | Sparkling Wine | Candied Lemon-Lime Simple Syrup | Lemon
Dating back to World War I, an early form was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris…and later refined by Harry MacElhone in Harry’s New York Bar. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.
Bees Knees ~ Gin | Colorado Wildflower Honey and Lavender Simple Syrup | Lemon
This classic Prohibition cocktail evokes the era. You can almost hear a flapper ordering it up with a Continental accent: “I’ll take a Bee’s Knees, Mack. And step on it before the bulls show up!”
The Martini ~ London Dry Gin | Dry Vermouth | Olive
Called “the elixir of quietude” by author E. B. White, the history of the Martini is murky at best. But it is commonly thought that The Martini is one of those drinks that conveys a certain gravity upon those who partake of it.
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