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To Have on Hand for the Ginuary Box


Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of dry gin now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference.

As Chris Elford proclaims, “Fords Gin is truly the Swiss Army knife of dry gins! It was created with tradition in mind, and as such it’s the perfect spirit for the tried-and-true classics, but it’s also an excellent base for new classics in the making.” Fords Gin has the traditional hits of juniper and coriander but grapefruit peel and jasmine do some heavy lifting in the botanical profile too—it's a home-bar essential! 

“My recommendation is the Shed Distillery’s Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, which is a beautiful harmony of fresh citrus botanicals and powerful gunpowder green tea notes. It’s an incredibly versatile spirit!” says Greg Mayer.  This gin brings a unique marquee of flavors that are sure to please! 

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is a classically dry gin that combines Asian botanicals and Mediterranian citrus. According to Kellie Thorn, “This is a vibrant explosion of character. Aromas and flavors of bright citrus and exotic spices harmonize together and are well supported by a mouth-filling and silky texture. It's the kind of gin that can be enjoyed over a large ice cube on its own but also brings a lot to the table in a cocktail.”

Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 22 oz of dry gin; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.   

Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/2, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 oz, as well as a measuring spoon (1 tsp), strainer, shaker, fine mesh strainer, bar spoon, microplane zester, citrus juicer or reamer, and saucepan. Additionally, if your fridge doesn't have a crushed ice option and you can't get pebble ice at the store, you'll need to make your own and can use either a Lewis bag and wooden mallet or a Ziploc freezer bag and another blunt kitchen object, such as a pestle. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.

Recommended glassware: A hurricane glass and a rocks glass.

Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 4 pounds of ice (4 ice trays’ worth).

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