Gin-spiration for Spring Cocktails

The temperature’s heating up and it’s time to cool down with a refreshing gin cocktail. Check out our staff’s favorite base spirits for some classic combinations.

For the Gimlet

Amass Los Angeles Dry Gin $43.96

Twenty-nine botanicals including grapefruit and lemon peels make for a complex, citrus-forward gin. And indigenous California Bay and Cascara Sagrada provide a nice herbaceous quality. It manages to be citrus forward without also being too floral or too overpowering, and it ends with a peppery, earthy finish from the addition of mushrooms and Long Pepper. I drink it in a gimlet, or any drink that I want to have a bright citrus highlight. – Hannah Weiss, Wines & Spirits Consultant

For the Negroni

Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin $47.96

Using lots of ingredients local to Australia (Tasmanian pepperberry gives excellent spice) and whole, fresh citrus rather than dried fruit or peel, Four Pillars has made my top cocktail gin. The Navy Strength, bottled up near 58%, splits that citrus between whole Australian oranges, native finger limes, and fresh ginger, with myrtle, cinnamon, cardamom, and extra turmeric for kick. The palate is special. It’s full, almost juicy, with a fantastic viscosity that elevates every cocktail it’s in…It’s also my personal favorite negroni gin: 1oz each this, Forthave Spirits Red Aperitivo, and Carpano Punt e Mes for a drier style with mind-blowing citrus and complexity. – Jon Miner, Wines & Spirits Consultant

For the Highball

Jin Jiji India Dry Gin $24.96

I wish I could say quinine had the magical powers to fight coronavirus that it has against malaria. While a good gin & tonic can’t improve physical health, it does wonders for mental health. Throw in Jin Jiji, a delightful new addition to our shelves. It has the classic juniper backbone, with other enticing Himalayan botanicals like tulsi leaf, chamomile, cashew nut, and black tea. – Tekla Israelson, Sales Manager

Cotswolds Dry Gin $33.99

You know that Gin you usually drink? Well it’s time to stop…Buy this and never look back. Richness balanced with elegant texture makes this so much better than any of the old guard London Dry gins. This comes from slow distillation, a heavy botanical recipe, and respecting the final product enough not to filter it. Go home and make yourself a boss gin & tonic. You can thank me next time you’re in. I’ll be the one in the red apron. – Sam Davies, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Barr Hill Gin $37.96

Barr Hill Gin has just three simple ingredients: grain for the spirit, juniper for the gin, and a touch of honey for sweetness. It does not need anything else. Round and soft, yet assertive and complex, Barr Hill is not a dry gin, but rather more in the style of an Old Tom gin. Though not barrel aged like many Old Tom gins these days, this could definitely be used in place of Old Tom in a cocktail recipe. The resinous quality of the juniper melds perfectly with the floral nature of the Vermont honey to make a wonderful tasting experience. I really like it slightly chilled or with one ice cube. My favorite cocktail mixes Barr Hill with fancy (and a little spicy) ginger beer and a twist of lime. Yum! – Josh Mizrahi, Sales Manager

For the Corpse Reviver No. 2

Brooklyn Gin $44.96

For one of my favorite cocktails, I’d use Brooklyn Gin. The citrus components play especially well with the other ingredients. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

1 oz. Brooklyn Gin

1 oz. Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc

1 oz. Cointreau

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 dash absinthe

Orange peel, for garnish

For an Amy Miller Original

Greenhook Ginsmiths Dry Gin $31.99

Greenhook has become one of my favorite all-around gins. A classic London Dry style, made locally and in small batches, it’s my go-to for cocktails. This cocktail was inspired by the Pistachio at Bar Pisellino in the West Village. It’s made with pistachio/cardamom orgeat, but you can also just make a simple syrup with steeped cardamom pods. – Amy Miller, Wines & Spirits Consultant

2 oz. Greenhook Ginsmiths Dry Gin

.5 oz. Génépy

.5 oz. cardamom/pistachio simple syrup

1 oz. lime juice 

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