When it comes to summer cocktails, nothing quite beats gin. Crisp, complex, and refreshing, gin is an adaptable spirit showcasing a broad range of flavors: from citrus to pine to spice and many others. Just as versatile as vodka, with the added bonus that it isn’t vodka, gin is the perfect cocktail base to beat the heat. Here are some of our local favorites in this week’s
Whiskey Gin Hotline.
Founded in 2010 by Colin Keegan, Santa Fe Spirits is the perfect marriage between a malt loving Englishman, and his adopted home in the Southwest. This distillery is quite exciting, as they combine time-honored traditions in whisky making with the unique terroir of Santa Fe. From magenta flowers found blooming on cacti, to sage and mesquite, unique flavors offer a breath of fresh air into the world of spirits.
The Vesper is a cocktail famously knows as James Bond’s signature cocktail. It is gin forward with citrus and sweet flavors. This cocktail isn’t for the weak. It’s strong, mighty and may cause chest hair growth.
If you’re not familiar with this classic cocktail, it is widely known as an aperitif but most certainly can be enjoyed as a cocktail at any time. The drink’s origins are pretty much unknown but what we do know is how it got its name. A Count by the name of Camillo Negroni asked his bartender at a small cafe in Italy in the early 1900s to make a few alterations to the already existing drink, such as gin in place of soda water and an orange garnish instead of lemon. Shortly after the drink grew in popularity, the Negroni family opened their own distillery and started creating a ready-made version of this classic cocktail.
We couldn’t help but celebrate yet another highly regarded holiday. This time, we’re bringing you some unimaGINably interesting facts about gin, as well as some tasty oriGINal cocktails!
It’s actually flavored vodka.
Making gin is like flavoring vodka, except that botanicals are always natural.
Gin can be used for medicinal purposes.
The Royal Navy mixed gin with lime cordial to stop scurvy, and angostura settled the stomach at sea. Tonic water with quinine was anti-malarial, giving them a great excuse to drink more gin and tonics.