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You’re Invited to Celebrate National Gin & Tonic Day with The Botanist

Hey Gin lovers, did you know that tomorrow, April 9th, is National Gin & Tonic Day? To honor this highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water, Botanist Gin invites you to partake in one of many unique Botanist Gin & Tonic drinks available at a few choice locations across New York City.

On April 9th, stop by any of these four locations and order yourself any of the following Gin and Tonic drinks, made with Botanist Gin (please note these drinks are not complimentary; price depends on the bar):

    • Monarch Rooftop – 71 West 35th Street (Midtown West)
      • Featured Cocktail: Botanist & Fiery
    • Rochelle’s – 205 Christie Street (Lower East Side)
      • Featured Cocktails: Empire Botanist & Tonic, Texas Botanist & Tonic, South Beach Botanist & Tonic
    • Misirizzi – 36 East 4th Street (NoHo)
      • Featured Cocktails: Empire Botanist & Tonic, Texas Botanist & Tonic, South Beach Botanist & Tonic
    • Drink – 768 Franklin Street (Crown Heights, Brooklyn)
      • Featured Cocktail: Botanist & Tonic

If you find yourself unable to attend one of the above locations, we’ve provided you with a few unique Botanist Gin & Tonic drink recipes you can create and enjoy at home to celebrate National Gin & Tonic Day.

The Elder’s Tonic

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 4oz.
Grenadine – .25 oz.
Lime Wheel
In a cocktail glass, add The Botanist Gin and Grenadine. Add ice and top with Tonic Water. Garnish with 1 lime wheel

Fruit of Thyme

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 4 oz.
Slim Ruby Red Grapefruit Wedge
Sprig of Thyme
Squeeze grapefruit wedge into a cocktail glass and leave it. Add The Botanist Gin, then ice. Top with Tonic Water. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Poached & Tonic

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 1 bottle
Bosc Pear – 1 slice
Cinnamon Quill
Press Bosc Pear into a cocktail glass and leave in a glass. Add The Botanist Gin, then ice. Top with Tonic Water. Garnish with a Cinnamon Quill.

M & B & T

The Botanist Gin – 1.5 oz.
Tonic Water – 4-6 oz.
Fresh mint leaves
Press mint in a glass and leave in a glass. Add The Botanist Gin, then ice. Top with Tonic Water. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Gin Mare Makes US Debut with Lo Bosworth and Chef Michael White

The rooftop parties and US alcohol debuts continue during the hot summer season, and we’re loving it. Gin Mare celebrated it’s US debut with a stunning rooftop party with Lo Bosworth, and Michelin-star awarded Chef Michael White of the Altamarea Group. The penthouse of Ramscale Studio in NYC was the setting of the Med Rooftop party series to celebrate the US debut of Gin Mare. Guests in attendance enjoyed the gorgeous NYC views, delicious small bites, stunning decor, and tunes by DJ Franco V, as they sipped on a wonderful and varied gin cocktail list. The available Gin Mare cocktails included a Signature G & T, Triple Orange G & T, Red Tonic G & T, Med Mojito, Perfect Martini, and Gin Basil Smash.

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The premium Mediterranean gin boasts a cult following and an uncommon roster of botanical ingredients. These unusual ingredients include basil from Italy, thyme from Greece, rosemary from Turkey, and Arbequina olives. Those distinct flavors, along with the traditional juniper, cardamom, and citrus fruits from Spain, gives this gin its unique flavor. The handcrafted Gin Mare is distilled in Barcelona, Spain in an ancient fishing village between the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada. It is made in small batches in a copper pot still with 250 liters of capacity per batch.

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Lo Bosworth enjoyed the classic gin and tonic, and as an aspiring chef was delighted to meet Chef Michael White. We have no doubt she picked his brain and got some great cooking tips from the world-renowned chef. about his life and experience as a . The distinct cocktails and light fare paired wonderfully together, with both evoking the taste of the sea.

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To learn more about Gin Mare and get to know even more recipes, head over to www.ginmare.es.

 

 

Photo of Lo Bosworth and Chef Michael White: Charles Roussel/BFA.com

Gin Over Neckties: Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin for Father’s Day

I strongly believe that this is the Fathers Day to say goodbye to the same old go-to’s for dad.  Has he really worn that tie yet? Does he even need a fragrance set with five items he doesn’t use anyway?  Will he ever try to synch that gadget to his phone…I mean it’s been almost a whole year already.  Perhaps what dad needs is more realism and less projecting. Projecting is one thinking that dad has a yen to learn how to keep his coffee warm with his own mug warmer.  Realism sets in when one discovers that the only drink dad really relishes in is that stiff cocktail at the end of a crazy work day. Maybe one made with Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin.

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Well if you’re looking to kill two birds with one stone on Sunday and thereafter then may I suggest a gin I tasted recently that kinda wowed me. Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin is a small batch produced gin with flavor and character produced in Buffalo, New York. When you think small batch, think a more controlled center of flavor where ingredients don’t get lost in too big a fold.  This is what you have with this spirit.

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Tommy Rotter Gin has recently won awards at the San Francisco World Spirits and Denver International Spirits Competitions due to its unique flavor profile that involves a blend of herbals, fruits, roots, and flowers.  The result is a surprisingly smooth gin with a beginning of the soothing herbals and earthy spicy roots and a fresh finish of the pleasantly sweet fruits and aromatic cleansing flowers.  I tried Tommy Rotter Gin in a classic G & T with a twist of lime and the tasting just became a pleasing rush of freshness as the citrus played nicely off of the seasoned notes of the spirit.

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Is it apropos to give dad a spirit on Father’s Day?  I say with Tommy Rotter it is when you know he’s a man who enjoys a nicely executed cocktail.  It’s sure to go faster than a questionable bottle of designer cologne.

Tommy Rotter Distillery Gin is available now at your finer spirits, wines, and alcohol retailers and as always please remember to drink (and gift) responsibly.

Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Festival of Wonder

In case you didn’t know, Tuesday, June 14th was World Cucumber Day, a day to honor the refreshing and delightful fruit (yes, although it is used as a culinary vegetable, the cucumber, like a tomato, is a fruit)! To kick off the summer season, and celebrate its flagship holiday, Hendrick’s Gin celebrated with a two-day Carnivale event celebrating the cucumber, and the warm weather season called, the Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Festival of Wonder!

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The unusual yet epic Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Festival of Wonder event included delicious Hendrick’s and cucumber tipples (cocktails), cucumber-centric bites from celebrity chef Harold Dieterle (which of course didn’t last very long), an exciting Penny farthing cycling concourse which entertained with multiple races, interactive carnivalesque games and attractions that awarded tickets to redeem prizes, the world’s tallest Gin bar, roaming cocktail contraptions, musical performances, and a magical Flying Cucumber Airship soaring above the event.

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The modern crowd was enthralled by the old time lawn games, which included Shuffle Board, Bocce, Ladders, and Cornhole. All of which promised the coveted green Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Festival of Wonder tickets (also known as Cucumber Day currency) which awarded such prices as playing cards, hip flask, hand fan, tea cup and saucer, leather wallet, umbrellas, luggage tags and much more.

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We found we were very skillful at Shuffle Board, easily beating a team of two. We need more time to fine tune our Bocce ball skills but we really enjoyed the game, but when it comes to Cornhole, our time was best spent at one of the festival bars enjoying a cocktail or two.

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Of course, the six delicious featured cocktails at the Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Festival of Wonder, which included the Hendrick’s & Tonic, Cucumber Basil Smash, Snow Meiser’s Cooler, Unusual Negroni, Melondious Melonade, and Pell Mell Punch, were the highlight of the event, with the penny farthing races a close second.

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However, we did earn enough Cucumber Day currency to obtain a few decks of Hendrick’s Gin playing cards and a chic, vintage-inspired teacup set. This is how we celebrated the season and World Cucumber Day. How did you enjoy World Cucumber Day? Did you attend the Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Festival of Wonder?

Toast to 2016: New Year’s Eve Cocktails

As promised, we’re sharing, even more tantalizing New Year’s Eve cocktails to help you welcome 2016 with a delicious start. We’re highlighting more ways to celebrate the new year with a unique twist on the traditional champagne toast. In part two of our New Year’s Eve cocktails roundup, we’ve sharing delicious libations from Milagro Tequila, and Dry Fly Distilling. If you’re tired of the boring champagne toast at midnight, why not indulge in one or two of these delicious mixed drinks cocktail recipes.

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Are you looking an elegant cocktail or something with a bit more edge? Either way, we’ve got the perfect party concoction for you whether you’re out celebrating at a party or at home. Trust us when we say, you should bookmark the recipes for these New Year’s Eve Cocktails to show to the bartender.

20th Century Sparkler

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1 oz. Dry Fly Triticale Whiskey
½ oz. Fresh lemon juice
½ oz. White chocolate syrup
Sparkling wine
Shake first 3 ingredients. Pour into a coupe or flute glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a cherry.

Chocolate Manhattan

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2 oz. Dry Fly Washington Bourbon
1 oz. Sweet vermouth
3 Dashes chocolate bitters
Stir all and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

The Lady Satin

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1 ½ oz Dry Fly gin
1 ½ oz Crème de Violet
½ oz Simple Syrup
½ oz Lime Juice
Champagne
Mix all in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Sparkling Rose

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1.5 parts Milagro Silver
0.25 part Simple Syrup
0.5 part Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 part Watermelon Juice
2 parts Rosé Sparkling Wine
Combine all ingredients, except sparkling wine, in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake, strain and pour into a champagne flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Blushing Rose Martini

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1.5 parts Milagro Reposado Tequila
0.5 part Lillet Rose
3 Teaspoons Quince Preserves
0.75 part Lime Juice
Garnish: Orange Twist
Starting with preserves, combine ingredients and shake very well, double strain into a martini glass.

The Highlands

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2 parts Milagro Añejo Tequila
1 part Oloroso Sherry
0.5 part Drambuie
Garnish: Lemon Peel & Sage Leaf and serve in a Coupe glass

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The Revered Old, The Delicious New: Makar Glasgow Gin

Are you currently doing what I’m doing?  Are you begrudgingly going into the deep recesses of your closet to pull the Fall/Winter items to the forefront of your everyday rotation? Perhaps you can’t seem to let go of that favorite tank top or perfect sun-bleached khaki short but, let’s face it, Fall is here.  Now figure for a sec that you discovered buried behind your treasured summer linen suits and shirts, a delightful but surprisingly forgotten gem of an article of clothing that somehow became lost over the years.  For me, it was a pair of full cut trousers that my dad had made for me back in college.

Rendered by a pair of older masterful hands, my dad had made those trousers tons of times, but never in the fabric I brought to him. I picked out a crisp yet beautifully fluid Super 150’s taupe gray wool gaberdine.  Having only making these pants in thicker worsteds and twills, my dad and I arrived at a nice collaboration of the full cut I wanted, and I also got a lesson in a classic trouser cut in modern fabric.  The result was superb and my underlying lesson learned was that sometimes it’s better to have the knowledge and inspiration of an older learned hand to produce a combined great experience of modernity and a revered classic. That’s how I felt when sampling Makar Glasgow Gin.

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Here we have a brand new, under a year old gin that’s elegant, refined, crisp and bottled beautifully. The Glasgow Distillery Company was inspired by one of Glasgow’s original distilleries founded in Dundashill, Scotland in 1770.  What Glasgow Distillery took for their Makar Glasgow Gin was the focus on an intense and sophisticated flavor profile through small batching and a recipe of key local ingredients to ensure a unique and modern taste experience achieved via the way of time-honored tradition.

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The result?  Makar Glasgow Gin is a really great gin to cap off my official ‘Month of Gin’ series.  The melange of notes come together to create this juniper-led dry gin that is fresh and dare I say, sexy.  How can something taste sexy?  Well, take, for example, how I sampled this gin.  Simple, clean, over the rocks with just some orange zest.  When you taste a drink with an intricate flavor profile you have to pat attention to the subtleties.  That’s what makes it a sexy gin.  The subtleties are discreet, tease the taste buds and trigger synapses in the brain that case connections with the familiar and the pleasant as far as the notes go.  The citrus pop of the lemon peel, the herbal soothing of the angelica root & rosemary, the fragrant woodiness of the cassia bark and the coriander seeds and then the beautiful contradiction of the black pepper and licorice make a tantalizing and soothing cocktail.

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Since I’m waxing a bit of nostalgia, I think I’ll slip on those handsome trousers and fix myself another drink.  Sleek, sexy and complex with nods to classic, cultivated and familiar; that’s the modern way to drink.  Makar Glasgow Gin is available now at your finer wine, spirit and liquor stores and here at bespoke spirits.net, and as always, please remember to drink responsibly.

The Sartorial Spirit: Tanqueray Bloomsbury London Dry Gin

So for no other reason than that I was a bit on tequila overload this summer, I hereby dub this October the ‘Month of Gin’.  Why gin?  Well, why not?  Let’s chalk it up to the fact that this colder weather sends me back over to ‘that’ side of my closet again.  You know that side where all the flannels, chunky knits, down-quilted this, Harris Tweed that and double-faced wools live.  The overcoat has a place off of its seasonal hanger again and my fedoras and driver caps can comfortably perch atop my head again without fear of sweat. In other words, it’s the classic time for what really says menswear to shine.  A man can’t step out in a handsomely tailored overcoat, spongily cozy cable knit sweater, perfectly cropped grey flannel trousers and this season’s coveted camel Chelsea boot and not feel like the ultimate gentleman. So my gin-dubbing exists since nothing a gent can hold in his hand beside an attaché or cashmere-lined gloves, says more gent than a perfect gin cocktail.

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Many gins exist, but if I have peak double-breasted lapels and long-wing brogues on the brain, then it stands to reason that the benchmark of gins lies in the hands of London’s own Tanqueray.  A perfect dry gin, this world-class staple has served to become the gentleman’s gin.  This year it has gone on to tantalize blokes with Tanqueray Bloomsbury London Dry Gin.

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Part of what makes  special is its history.  This recipe was originally crafted by  in the 1880s who improved upon his family’s recipe with added elements, the biggest of which being Italian berries, coriander, angelica and classically juniper berries.  The result, named after the city where Charles’ developed the recipe, is a smooth and crisp flavor with a hidden pop of sweetness.  However, the dry low-key tartness of the gin is preserved to create a flavor profile that is familiar with a twist.  The underlying notes of coriander and angelica usher in a fresh, dare I say slightly herbal, flavor that balances perfectly with the berries without sacrificing the essence of the gin.

Part of what makes Tanqueray Bloomsbury London Dry Gin special is its history.  This recipe was originally crafted by Charles Waugh Tanqueray in the 1880s who improved upon his family’s recipe with added elements, the biggest of which being Italian berries, coriander, angelica and classically juniper berries.  The result, named after the city where Charles’ developed the recipe, is a smooth and crisp flavor with a hidden pop of sweetness.  However, the dry low-key tartness of the gin is preserved to create a flavor profile that is familiar with a twist.  The underlying notes of coriander and angelica usher in a fresh, dare I say slightly herbal, flavor that balances perfectly with the berries without sacrificing the essence of the gin.

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For my sampling of this delightful gin, I kept it nice and easy which allowed me to experience the true heart of the flavor.  I enjoyed Tanqueray Bloomsbury London Dry Gin with a a touch of soda and a combination of Meyer lemon and lime zests.  It was very soothing and delicious and quite distinguished in its finish.  So distinguished in fact, I slipped on a herringbone topper and enjoyed the rest of my glass while flipping through my Fall Mens September issues.  Hey, it’s what gents do!

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Tanqueray Bloomsbury London Dry Gin is a Limited Edition offering and available now at your finer wine, spirit and liquor retailers worldwide. Will you Tanqueray tonight?

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Project Your Imagination Competition

Bombay Sapphire®, the top valued and fastest growing premium gin in the world is launching a new worldwide competition that offers the once in a lifetime chance to project imagination to the world. The worldwide “Project Your Imagination” competition has been created by Bombay Sapphire to demonstrate their belief in the power of imagination. The prize for the winning vision will be to work with the best creatives in the world to create a cutting edge 3D projection using truly unique and breakthrough technology. Entrants from around the globe could enter in any way; as long as it was truly imaginative and would inspire others*.

As inspiration, Bombay Sapphire screened its own projection using the cutting-edge projection technology. The spectacular vision filled the iconic London building, Queen’s House at the Old Royal Naval College, with a sapphire blue ocean and sea creatures inspired by the building’s naval history, before bursting with butterflies and then seemingly succumbing to a tremor and exploding into thousands of small sapphires as part of the grand finale. You can view the video for inspiration at http://www.facebook.com/#!/bombaysapphire


Voted for by Facebook fans and online communities, the Global winner of the ‘Project Your Imagination 2010’ competition will not only work with the best creative experts in the world to bring their imagination to life and design the next projection to be launched May 2011 but will also receive £5000 cash prize and will be invited as the guest of honor at the grand reveal of their Imagination Projection. For more details on the competition and to vote for the contestant you believe is most imaginative, visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/bombaysapphire

Standing out from the crowd since launch, the brand has long supported the world of design and innovative ways of thinking as it is itself the product of creative and skilled transformation of the finest raw ingredients. With its tantalizing, smooth and complex taste and striking translucent blue glass bottle, Bombay Sapphire is best known for its superior quality and progressive design.

Bombay Sapphire Marketing Manager, Richard McLeod comments: “Since launch Bombay Sapphire has driven the re-invigoration of the gin category and captured consumer’s imagination instantly through its distinctive and smooth taste resulting from the combination of 10 hand selected exotic botanicals and unique distillation process. These qualities and its translucent, blue glass bottle are what set Bombay Sapphire apart from other gins. We have continued to drive this excitement through our close relationship with the design community and preserved the essence of Imagination throughout the years through innovative and exciting campaigns.

Richard McLeod continues: “The ‘Project Your Imagination’ Competition is designed to inspire people and give an outlet for the resulting imaginative thoughts in a spectacular way. We’re delighted to be the first to try and capture the public’s imagination in this manner and host a uniquely open competition that we hope will truly result in a breath-taking vision come to life”.

*Entrants must be over legal drinking age

For more Information on how to enter please visit: http://www.facebook.com/#!/bombaysapphire