Counter Intelligence

Chin-Chin for Gin in July, Part Two

Posted in District of Columbia by melissamccart on July 29, 2009

I don’t have a ridiculous sweet tooth, but for some reason I can’t get enough of baking spices in cocktails. Last year, it was Tom Brown’s Rum Punch. This summer, it’s sangria at New Heights. Two types of red wines, a white wine, Granny Smith and Fuji apples, lemons, limes, oranges, cloves, star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg, soaked overnight and strained, its really quite nice.

I may be sucker for star anise, but when it’s 90 degrees, I veer toward gin. Should you not get a $100 dollar ticket like I did the last time I went to New Heights, you too can thoroughly enjoy the most refreshing spirit of summer. Not sure what kind of gin pleases your palate? Check out these crib notes from the New Heights Gin Manifesto:

Plymouth – very dry, it’s very own style.
Plymouth Sloe Gin- Sloe Berry Flavored
Broker’s – juniper and lemon peel
Boodles – anise and almonds
Beefeater – a classic, coriander and juniper
Zuidam – juniper, lemon anise. very crisp.
Bombay –Gin flavored
Bombay Sapphire – angelica, cassia bark
Old Raj Red- same aromatics as Old Raj- lower proof
Old Raj – saffron and orange peel
Tanqueray – lime, juniper
Citadelle – complex, floral
Van Gogh – citrus, cumin. Add a splash of Peychaud’s.
Blue Coat – white pepper, orange rind
Tanqueray 10 – citrus, cardamom
Rogue Spruce Gin- spruce, olive, mint, juniper
Rogue Spruce Pink – orange peel, coriander, aged in pinot noir barrels
Hendrick’s – cucumber, rose petals
Magellan – Iris root. Floral. Baking Spices. It’s Blue
Back River – lavender, lemon Peel
Junipero – coriander, baking spices
Tanqueray Rangpur – rangpur limes, lime zest
Aviation – vanilla, lemon, violets
209 – the California Cab of gin; meyer lemon, juniper
G-Vine – (from grapes) candied licorice, grape flowers
Damrak – close to the original style. Developed aromas. Blood orange and floral. Best neat or on the rocks
Zuidam Genever- Original Style, Malty and Rich
Bols Genever – Malty, Violets

A gin tasting is $15, with or without a selection of tonics. Prefer your gin in the mix? There’s also The Jeff (Tanqueray Rangpur Gin, Galliano, Mint, Cucumber), Jason’s Americano (Hendricks Gin, Campari, Vermouth, Grand Marnier) and a classic gin Rickey, of course.


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