by Jan Warren
Gin: destroyer of families, scourge of 19th century England, darling babe of the early cocktail revival. You've come a long way, from a rough malty beverage made in Holland, to an elegant juniper and citrus scented elixir sipped by the upper classes during the British Raj, to the streets via Snoop Dogg, and then back to the posher circles of cocktail aficionados in the early aughts.
Here are a few of my favorite gins, in some classic recipes that fit them well
2 ounces Brooklyn Gin
6 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
Serve in a tall glass with ice cubes
Garnish with a grapefruit wedge
The Brooklyn gin has strong notes of grapefruit, so it fits nicely with the juice, and the hand-cracked juniper in each batch imparts a spicy, clean finish. Plus, BK is still, in some parts, the hood, where one properly enjoys this cocktail.
Aviation No. 1
2 ounces Aviation Gin
.75 ounce of fresh lemon juice
.375 ounce of creme de violette
.375 ounce of maraschino liqueur
Shake and strain into a coupe or martini glass
What better gin to make this cocktail with than one that was named for it? Aviation's clean roundness and unique botanical profile make it the perfect gin in this Hugo Ensslin Classic. The lavender and cardamom play perfectly with maraschino and make an excellent cocktail. Plus- it’ll make you fly, kid.
2 ounces Hammer & Sons Old English Gin
.75 ounce sweet vermouth
.25 ounce maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir and strain into a coupe or martini glass
Garnish with a large orange twist
The Martinez, precursor to the better known Martini, calls for an Old Tom style gin, and while Old English Gin isn't exactly an Old Tom, it does have a touch of post-distillation sweetening added. Stirred drinks are all about mouth feel for me, and there is a pleasing silkiness in this gin that fits perfectly with its earthy notes and the ripe berry and mild bitterness of sweet vermouth.