I tell my almost-four-year-old son not to judge a book by its cover... But I have to admit it, I'm guilty of judging my liquor by its label. If it's not attractive, I don't want to drink it. (But, Grant, just know that I'm a grownup and you're a toddler. Our rules are different. And mommy always knows best. Now stop trying to use Mommy's laptop to get on YouTube, and go to bed.)
I digress. Gin is not my thing. But when I was gifted a bottle of Bar Hill Gin from a friend based in Vermont, the label had me at "hello." This pretty gin jar would most definitely make an attractive addition to any bar cart (especially mine)... Doesn't mean I actually need to drink it, right?) Then again, it's a crime against Saturday Sips (and my editorial integrity) to not, at least, try something new...
Since I also received a jar of (divine) raw honey, I decided that I would find a recipe that employ both products of Vermont. Using 2 parts gin, 1 part fresh lemon juice, and 1 part honey simple syrup (half honey, half water heated over a burner), I mixed up a traditional "Bee's Knees" recipe. Then I added a splash or two of grapefruit juice, because I like an added punch of flavor. This was a popular prohibition cocktail—booze was limited and people had to resort to bathtub gin, disguised by bright and aromatic citrus flavors and sweet honey. (I'm just glad my liquor came out of a pretty bottle and not my powder room.)
The result? Not to shabby if I say so myself! It's tart and sweet, but, don't be fooled, it's still got a crazy gin kick! (Woo—that's the strong stuff.) And, yes, I served my gin in a wine glass. Because, wine not?
If you consider yourselves a more experienced mixologist and regular gin drinker, here are a few more complex recipes provided by Caledonia Spirits and Barr Hill Gin. Happy sipping!
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2 oz. Bar Hill Gin
.75 oz. honey syrup
.5 oz. lemon juice
3 basil leaves
Shake all ingredients vigorously in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a Collin’s glass, top with soda, and garnish with a basil leaf and a lemon wedge.
1.5 oz. Bar Hill Gin
1 oz. fresh apple cider
.5 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. simple syrup
a few dashes Angostura bitters
Shake all ingredients with ample ice, and serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with apple slices soaked in bitters.
The Beer and the Bees
1 small piece of fresh ginger
.5 oz. honey simply syrup
1.5 oz. Barr Hill Gin
.5 oz Orleans Hearbal
.5 oz. Grapefruit juice
4 dashes Urban Moonshine “Immune Zoom”
Muddle ginger and simple syrup in a pint glass. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Top with an I.P.A.
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