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Gin - my anathema

TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Jun 4, 2009 05:12 PM

I really enjoy clean botanicals ... but decided to mix .. play/venture off a bit.
I thought, the supplement had to be vegetal ...
so I've given a "drop" of ... Fernet Branca, Cynar, Campari ...
and liked the added aspect. Thoughts/experiences?

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  1. invinotheresverde Jun 8, 2009 11:08 AM

    All three are pretty much my go-to gin mixers.

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      DavidT Jun 8, 2009 11:55 AM

      Have you tried Hendrick's, the Scottish gin?

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      1. re: DavidT
        magmae Jun 29, 2009 01:35 PM

        Hendrick's is my absolute favorite gin; I've been pleased to see more and more bars carrying it over the last year. In currently 100-degree Dallas, it's a day-changer of a drink. ;-)

        Second favorite is probably Aviation's New Western Dry Gin. A bar around here uses it for its "Pepper Smash" cocktail made with red bell peppers... delicious.

      2. MC Slim JB Jun 8, 2009 02:30 PM

        All good choices, though a little Fernet goes a long way. I'd look into potable bitters in general, including other Italian amari (Amaro Nonino, Ramazzotti, Averna, Abano, etc.). Other fun stuff: monastery liqueurs (Benedictine, Charteuse), Maraschino (Luxardo is my favorite), various vermouths sweet and dry (including Vya, Antica Formula, Punt et Mes, and Dolin) and similar aromatized wines (like Lillet and Dubonnet), various orange liqueurs (Cointreau, Amer Picon, Curacao), and the little aromatic bitters (Angostura, Angostura Orange, the various Fee Brothers bottlings, Regan's Orange #6, etc.).

        You might want to try Plymouth Gin, too, which has a far subtler juniper note than most English gins. It's what I use when I want to fool my gin-hating friends into liking gin (I start them on Aviations).


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        1. re: MC Slim JB
          TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Jun 8, 2009 04:35 PM

          DT: I find the cucumber note of Hendrick's so pronounced that I relegate it to G&Ts and Pimm's cups.

          MC.S.JB: I switch London Drys and Plymouths but have never "played" with the latter ... good suggestion.
          Angostura/Fee Brothers was my first branch ... I've also given Aperol a shot.
          B&B/Charteuse intrigues.

          1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis
            marais Jun 12, 2009 01:26 PM

            A good summer cooler: gin and fresh grapefruit with a dose of Aperol (not too much). On rocks in a tall glass, über refreshing as an aperitif.

          2. re: MC Slim JB
            invinotheresverde Jun 8, 2009 07:58 PM

            Luxardo Marashino and gin is my summertime favorite (with a dash of citrus for acid). Simply wonderful.

            1. re: MC Slim JB
              emmaroseeats Jul 17, 2009 09:22 AM

              Ah yes - Aviations! Any luck trying the new violet liqueurs on the market? I just make my Aviations without. Love the Luxardo Maraschino and used some recently to make my own marasca style cherries. Not quite like the real thing but darn tasty.

              Also a big fan of a martini style cocktail with gin (usually 209), cointreau, lemon juice and a twist. Or just a Hendrick's martini. Which seems like the perfect thing for later today.

            2. barleywino Jun 12, 2009 11:53 AM

              saffron (as in Old Raj gin)
              ginger (as in Canton ginger cognac)
              apricot (as in Rothman&Winter, or better yet, Giffard Abricot du Roussillon)

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              1. re: barleywino
                TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Jun 25, 2009 06:00 PM

                If the rain ever lets up I'll have to give marais's recipe a turn ... with ruby grapefruit.

                However, your suggestion of apricot played with my buds ...
                gin and ... wait ... beaume de venise ... an insidious base for a tall drink indeed.

                1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis
                  barleywino Jun 26, 2009 04:26 AM

                  nice...icewine could also work

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                    TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Jul 9, 2009 06:20 PM

                    Given the economy, how about a trochenbeerenauslese?

                    1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis
                      barleywino Jul 10, 2009 03:49 AM

                      in bad times, people spend more on booze ;)...Moto in Chicago does the icewine martini

                      1. re: barleywino
                        TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Jul 11, 2009 03:46 PM

                        "in bad times, people spend more on booze" ...
                        ( So if we catch a "raw W", work FAZ by day and long "VO" .-) )
                        Following through on fruit ...
                        my weak attempt at sourcing Luxardo (MC.S.JB's suggestion) left me with no alternative:
                        I dropped a Vignola ... http://www.toschi.it/eng/amm/image/33...
                        not bad!

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                pgj98m3 Jul 3, 2009 12:49 PM

                I don't claim to be a gin conniseur, I've thought of myself as a Scotch person but I recently came across a gin that changed that. I'm siiting in my cabin on Hornby Island enjoying a boutique gin...Phrog...distilled on the Island. Its so flavourful that I haven't mixed it with anything yet and prefer it room temp to bring out all its flavour. If you can find it buy it.

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