Friday, September 22, 2017

Gin And It

The simple and cryptic name is perfect for a cocktail with only two ingredients, and one that is even more unusual in that it is not even chilled. While the idea of drinking a warm gin cocktail sounds pretty bad, a good gin will carry the day with a good sweet vermouth. Caorunn is a Scottish gin from the Balmenash distillery in the highlands. It contains a few Celtic botanicals in addition to traditional ones, including dandelion, bog myrtle, rowan berry, heather and coul blush apple.

The effect of the Gin and It is like having a red wine, where each of the flavors are more pronounced when they are not chilled. You really seem to be able to pick out floral notes in the gin or the bitterness in the sweet vermouth. Don't shy away from this drink if you have the good stuff.
  • 3 oz. gin (Caorunn used)
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth (Cocchi used)
Combine both ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

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