January is a month of despair. After the highs of the holidays, we are left with a long, grey, and treacherous month of going back to the grind, attempting to shed a few pounds, and realizing that our New Year's resolutions mean jack squat.
Okay, so the weather's surprisingly spring-like this year, but if you, too, are lamenting the "late winter" drudgery, I’ve got a great solution: celebrate a month long love-affair with gin in honor of "Ginuary." (Have you noticed we like to theme our months by alcohol around here?!)
Back to the gin: it's is a stunning, underrated beverage that will surely put you in the right mood. It’s a smooth dose of booze that mixes great in a cocktail, but is fine and dandy as a neat martini. All you need is a dash of citrus (it is in season after all!) and you're set.
It was tough work, but James, Alisa and I set out to try a variety of gins to give you the best options while bar hopping (or keeping warm at home) this winter. We hit up the new Tower Sports Club on Wishon, a spot that is rapidly becoming our favorite stop for a nip. It’s mildly country club, mildly hipster (complete with vintage furniture), and overall very mellow.
(citrus, floral, fruit, earth, spice, sweetness, wood)
(juniper, coriander, citrus, licorice)
|Beefeater||Crystal clear and slightly thick.||Alcoholic and a tad woodsy/herbaceous.||Herbal.||Clean with a little burn. Heavy on the front of the mouth.||Decent. Great mixer.||2|
|Tanqueray||Thick with a slight beige tint.||Citrus, pine.||Cucumber, citrus pith, savory.||Smooth with very little burn.||Summery. As one taster said, “this is why I like gin.”||4|
|Bombay Sapphire||Creamy color, very leggy but thin.||Fresh, bright, sweet.||Citrus zest, juniper. Very light.||Clean, smooth finish.||It’s very reasonably priced at Costco.||3|
|Seneca Drums Gin||Yellowish in color. Slightly thick.||Pungent. A hint of pheromones.||Savory.||Smooth.||This gin is from a small batch distiller in New York.||1|
|Bathtub (homemade)||Thin, beige.||Mild and sweet.||Sweet, citrusy, herbaceous, soapy.||Smooth and mellow with very little burn.||This was fantastic! Good luck finding such a nice gin out of someone’s house…||4|
This is Pete--he's the owner of the bar. Stop in and have one on us tell him we sent you!