Gins well-suited to Corpse Reviver #2
So, I finally bought a bottle of Cocchi Americano and made myself a Corpse Reviver #2 using it instead of Lillet (or instead of, I'm almost afraid to admit it, the french vermouth I sometimes use in a pinch) . WOW! Simply amazing. Just perfect. I used Plymouth gin, which is what I always use when I'm trying a new cocktail or unsure which gin would work best.
Now I'm wondering. Are there gins that work better, or at least just as well but differently in a CR2? I've got to think some of you Chowhounds have tried other gins. Which ones would you recommend? I currently have the following gins in my cabinet (although I'm willing to buy another bottle if you say it's going to be a revelation):
New Amsterdam (don't ask)
Ivanabitch (again, don't ask)
Seagram's ED (ran out of DR recently, which I'm guessing would work quite well)
Thought I'd circle back and report that after trying several gins, Beefeater was my favorite, and Tanqueray was the crowd favorite gin for use in a Corpse Reviver #2. Plymouth came in third.
Also, I might note that Beefeater can be especially helpful if you are stuck using Lillet instead of Cocchi Americano. Somehow its flavor partlally fills in for some of what's lacking in a Lillet CR2.
I don't like Bombay Sapphire for mixing other than gin & tonics (and the like). The Bombay Dry Gin (white label) works in cocktails well.
New Amsterdam is Orange Pez and juniper-flavored vodka. I can't speak of Ivanabitch or Botanist (with the latter probably being good).
Citadelle and Tanq are good if you dig their flavor profile (they are assertive, but in a 1-part-in-4 recipe, that might be a good thing).
Seagram's aged/yellow gin is surprisingly okay. As for the others, Plymouth, Brokers, Old Raj, and Beefeater are all great in Corpse Reviver #2s.
I wholeheartedly agree with everything you say. I hate New Amsterdam with a passion. I bought it because a friend told me how good it was. Ivanabitch was a joke purchase and a waste of time. Botanist is a wonderful gin but not the best suited to this drink. Seagram's DR is actually a very good product, and is my favorite gin for a Monkey Gland.