Category: Gin

Gin Review: Caorunn Gin

Caorunn GinScottish GinGrade:(Highly Recommended)Price: $35 (750ml) Everybody knows Scotland makes great whiskey. The distillers of Caledonia have been crafting exquisite spirits for generations, becoming the envy of the distilling world. But now my ancestral homeland is starting to earn a reputation for quality gin as well. It makes sense. Making a good gin requires distilling … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Limoncello Cooler

Limoncello Cooler 1 1/2 oz. Limoncello1 oz. Gin1/2 oz. Lemon Juice8-10 Mint LeavesClub Soda Gently muddle the mint leaves with lemon juice in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add the limoncello and gin and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.  

Gin Review: Aviation Gin

Aviation GinAmerican GinGrade:(Superb)Price: $28 (750ml) First launched in 2006 as one of the pioneers of the new trend in American gins, Aviation has been repackaged with a striking new look that classes up the bottle to match the contents. Aviation tastes like gin, but not the gin we're used to. It has the requisite juniper … Read more

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Gift Guide: Gin

The holidays are upon us once again. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or all three, you want to find the perfect gift to give to those you care about. If that special someone enjoys a good tipple, your task is that much easier. Just give them booze! This week we’ll be running our holiday gift guide, … Read more

Ask the Professor: Recommend a Cocktail

Julie H. writes in to ask: My brother recently turned 50 and we're having him and his partner over for dinner. I'd like to offer them some cool potent potable at this gala, yet casual, event. They mostly order dry martinis when we're out, but they love trying new things. Mostly they're not into sweet, but my … Read more

Celebrating (?) Income Tax Day – with a cocktail

Today is Income Tax Day in the United States, the day when federal income tax filings are due. It's usually April 15, but it was pushed back two days this year because the 15th was a Sunday (and the 16th was Emancipation Day). Hopefully you've filed your tax returns already and the damage wasn't too … Read more

Martinez Drink Recipe – The Original Genever Version

Regarded by most cocktail historians as the forerunner of the Martini, the Martinez exists in many variations. Although it is seldom drunk today, it's one of the classic cocktails for a reason, and definitely something you should try. I mixed up one in the original fashion, using Dutch genever instead of the more typical London … Read more

Vanilla Berry Fizz Drink Recipe

I've been playing around with Tuaca this week. It's a vanilla and citrus-flavored liqueur, originally from Italy, but now produced in the United States. The sweet vanilla flavor dominates, with the brandy and citrus (orange, I believe) taking a backseat. Tuaca enjoyed a burst of popularity a few years back when bartenders started mixing it … Read more

The “Mad Men” and Their Cocktails: A Guide

Mad Men, the acclaimed AMC drama that recreates the smoky world of a 1960s Manhattan ad agency, returns on Sunday after a hiatus of nearly a year and a half. It's a great show: rich and textured, with sharp writing and strong acting. Plus, they drink a lot! In case you're thinking about throwing a … Read more