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Aviation

Via wikipedia: "The Aviation is a classic cocktail made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice. Some recipes omit the crème de violette. It is served straight up, in a cocktail glass."

4.5 cl gin
1.5 cl lemon juice
1.5 cl maraschino liqueur

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23 Skiddoo

Via http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/12/23-skiddoo-champagne-... :

1 ounce gin
1/2 ounce St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/4 ounce thyme syrup
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3 ounces chilled sparkling wine
Garnish: thyme sprig

Fill mixing glass with ice, add gin, St Germain, thyme syrup, and lemon juice. Stir until cold. Strain into flute, top with sparkling wine and garnish with thyme sprig.

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The Obituary

2 ounces gin
1/4 ounce dry vermouth
1/4 ounce absinthe or pastis (Pernod)

Combine ingredients with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Via http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/02/the-obituary-cocktail...

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Saint-Florent

2 parts gin
1 pt fresh lime juice
1 pt Aperol
½ pt honey syrup
2 dashes of Angostura bitters per cocktail (if pt=oz, 4 dashes)
Champagne or sparkling wine
lime wheel for garnish

Combine gin, lime juice, Aperol, honey syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Cover and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled coupe glasses. Top off each with Champagne and garnish with a lime wheel.

Via http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/saint-florent-cocktail

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Tomatina

2 tbsp Tanqueray No. 10 Gin
1 tbsp Amontillado Sherry
1 tbsp tomato juice
Juice of half a lemon
A few dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco
Pinch celery salt
Salt and pepper to rim the glass
Slice of lemon and a cherry tomato to garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice, rolling to combine.

Rim martini glass with salt and pepper.

Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass. Garnish with a small slice of lemon and a cherry tomato.

Via http://www.supergoldenbakes.com/2014/08/cocktail-friday-la-tomat...

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Satan's Whiskers

This tastes like a screwdriver gone wrong, and not in a good, interesting way. Perhaps eliminate the OJ and up the bitters?

1 ounce gin
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/2 ounce orange liqueur (try Grand Marnier or orange curaçao)
1 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 dash orange bitters

Combine the ingredients in a Boston shaker or cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain the contents into a chilled cocktail glass.

Via http://www.thekitchn.com/the-9bottle-bar-recipe-the-satans-whisk...

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Ramos Gin Fizz

This rather complicated drink nonetheless is amazingly tasty. Would be great as a "foam" on top of a G&T.

2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 egg white
1 ounce heavy cream
1 dash orange bitters or 1/2 teaspoon orange flower water (A. Monteux in a little blue bottle comes recommended)
about 2 ounces of seltzer (optional)

Put your serving glass and the bottle of your whipped cream maker in the freezer to chill.

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The Last Word

equal parts:
gin or genever
Green Chartreuse
maraschino liqueur
lime juice

Shake the ingredients together and strain into a cocktail glass.

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Martinez

2 ounces genever or gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
Dash of Angostura or orange bitters
Lemon twist for garnish

Stir or shake ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish. Sub in genever for something even closer to a Manhattan (hat tip to TheGinisIN, with more good reference on the history of the drink here: http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/10/12/martinez-cocktail-recipe

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My Thai

2 parts gin
1 part lime eau-de-vie
juice of 1 lemon
ginger simple syrup

Shake with ice, pour over an ice cube made from watermelon juice. Serve with a twist of lemon.

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Bees Knees

2 oz Gin
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
¾ oz honey syrup (use equal parts honey and warm water)

Shake ingredients together with ice, strain into a chilled coup or lowball, garnish with a twist of lemon

The honey and lemon were originally meant to mask the funk of this prohibition-era, bathtub-gin cocktail, but it turns out they're also just good ideas. More history: http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/bees-knees-cocktail/

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Peppered Melon

Via http://liquor.com/recipes/peppermelon/

1.5 oz London dry-style gin
.75 oz Black Pepper Syrup
1 oz Watermelon juice
.5 oz Lemon juice

Shake ingredients with ice for 10 seconds and strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with a watermelon cube coated on one side with ground black pepper.

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Gin Rickey

DC's signature drink, the Rickey, is "an airconditioner in a glass" as Columbia Room's Derek Brown puts it, and fiendishly simple. While the original uses bourbon, I prefer the gin version.

In a highball with ice, add in:
The juice of a key lime (and both shells, or the juice of 1/2 of a normal lime and a dash of simple syrup or an orange syrup)
2-3 oz of gin - and, for DC's own drink, use Green Hat, DC's own gin.
fill the glass with sparkling mineral water (pellegrino works well)

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The Leland

Stir together with ice equal parts of campari, gin, and St. Germain in a tumbler.

Top with soda and serve with a lemon twist

Gin with Campari and St. Germain
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Thai Collins

This is basically just a Tom Collins with a bit more Thai flavorings incorporated.

  • 2 parts dry gin
  • 1 part lime juice
  • Dash lemongrass syrup
  • Dash lemon bitters
  • Chilled carbonated water to taste

Mix in a highball glass with ice, top with soda water, garnish with a twist of something citrus or lemongrass spear and serve.

Thai Collins Highball
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The Christmas Tree

Adapted from http://www.autumnmakesanddoes.com/2012/04/09/clear-creek-douglas-fir-eau-de-vie-cocktail/

2 parts gin (extra-floral/juniper-y gin preferred)

1 part douglas fir eau-de-vie (such as Clear Creek's)

3/4 part rosemary simple syrup

dash lemon bitters (or grapefruit juniper bitters, recipe linked below)

Shake with ice, drain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a fresh cranberry.

 

Some other douglas fir cocktails:

 

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The Dark and Sandy

A cousin of the dark-and-stormy, the dark-and-sandy is what happens when media frenzy meets frankenstorm.

In a lowball with ice, mix:

Juice of half a lime (or one key lime)
2 shots of gin
Top with ginger beer

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Unusual Negroni

Equal parts:

  • Gin (a fruit forward, botanical gin like Catoctin Creek is great for this)
  • Aperol
  • Lillet blanc

Shake or stir with ice, serve in a lowball glass with ice, garnish with an orange peel.

From http://projects.washingtonpost.com/recipes/2007/10/03/unusual-negroni/

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Basil Martini

This recipe comes as a way to use Lillet Blanc after a Vesper, originally from Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve, via http://backyardbartender.blogspot.com/2011/05/blanc-lillet-blanc...)

10 basil leaves
3 ounces Lillet Blanc
1/2 oz gin
1 oz simple syrup

In a shaker, lightly muddle the basil leaves. Add the Lillet, gin and simple syrup and fill the shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Sip lovingly. Don't forget to store your Lillet in the fridge after you're done - it'll keep longer than way. (It is wine, after all.) Cheers.

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Negroni Sangria

Per serving:
equal parts Aperol and Gin
3 parts prosecco
less than 1 part summer fruit (strawberries, blueberries, sliced peaches - raspberries and blackberries don't stay together well)
sugar to taste.

For the individual serving, the sweet vermouth feels unneeded. Perhaps a 1/2 part, or St. Germain

For a pitcher:
4 cups assorted fresh summer fruit (berries, sliced peaches)
2 to 4 tablespoons sugar (optional)

1 cup Aperol or Campari
1 cup sweet vermouth
1 cup gin
2 750-ml bottles chilled Prosecco

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Emperor's Garden

http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/12517/Emperorrsquos-Garden.html

INGREDIENTS

1 cup thinly sliced rhubarb
1 cup sugar
5 Thai basil leaves; more for garnish
1 teaspoon seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce lemon juice.
PREPARATION

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Make rhubarb simple syrup: Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add rhubarb and sugar, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Reserve a selection of rhubarb slices as cocktail garnishes, then strain syrup and store chilled for up to 7 days.
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Orange you Glad

Based on a cocktail at Restaurant Eve

1.5 parts Cointreau or Grand Marinier
1 part dry gin
1 part vodka
orange syrup
orange bitters (3 dashes)
lemon bitters (5 dashes)

Shake with ice, serve up in a cocktail glass. Flame an orange peel over the glass, rub rim.

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Vesper

This is otherwise known as the true James Bond martini;

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"A dry martini," [Bond] said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet."
"Oui, monsieur."
"Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"
"Certainly, monsieur." The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
"Gosh, that's certainly a drink," said Leiter.

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Gin and Pine

Split a piece of the heart of a green pine log into fine splints, about the size of a cedar lead-pencil, take 2 ounces of the same and put into a quart decanter, and fill the decanter with gin.

Let the pine soak for two hours, and the gin will be ready to serve. * be careful to strain all wood from drink before serving!*

Some history: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F40A17F7345C16... via http://gincocktails.net/gin-and-pine :

Gin and Pine Article
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Mate-ini

Infuse the gin (or vodka) with 1 Tbsp dried mate tea using nitrogen cavitation. Allow to degas.

Make a martini

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Negroni

Equal parts:

  • gin
  • Campari
  • sweet vermouth

Mix with ice in a lowball.

If you have genever, this is one of the few cocktails where you can sub it in directly for gin, though TheGinisIN recommends "In fact, if you up the Genever and Vermouth in the 1:1:1 ratio to a 2:2:1 you come up with a cocktail that is the sophisticated brother of the Manhattan. The Campari brings a lot of the qualities that the bitters in a Manhattan bring to the table."

Variations:

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French 75

The French 75 (Soixante Quinze) has a disputed history, and recipe, with some factions calling for cognac instead of gin. You can read more on the history at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_75_(cocktail) ) or an updated version (featuring local gin from Catoctin Creek here: http://goodbooze.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/the-friday-tipple-midn...

I've modified it to be a bit more gin-and-lemon strong, balanced with the honey and a nice sparkling prosecco. A rosemary simple syrup also adds a nice twist.

  • 1.5 oz. Gin
  • 1 t orange blossom honey or a simple syrup
White Lady
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Gin and Tonic

In a either a lowball or highball glass, add ice, gin, and a dash of lime juice. Stir, garnish with a lime wedge, and top the glass off with tonic water.

Alternatively, go hog-wild:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/15/...

Or even make them into gelee:
http://kennethalan.blogspot.com/2008/07/gin-tonic-gele-shots.html

Gin and Tonic with lime
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Fir Coat: Cocktails with Pine Trees

I finally got my hands on a Douglas Fir Eau-de-vie from Oregon's Clear Creek Distillery. I've been lusting after this since Adam Bernbach over at Proof managed to craft a cocktail for me that followed my directions (so botanical it tastes like a pine tree) but still tasted good. Now I have to start re-creating that concoction.

Resin the Bar
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White Lady

We went to The Columbia Room for Jon's birthday, wherein Audrey had and enjoyed a White Lady cocktail. We've begun researching and working on our own version. Wikipedia has an unusually detailed article on it:

2 parts gin (Plymouth or other medium-body gin, not a super-botanical one)
1+ part lemon juice
1 part Cointreau
Optionally, egg white - from 1 tsp to a half of an egg's white

Sugar the rim of a wine or martini glass (champagne coupe if using egg)

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Rickey

DC's signature drink, the Rickey, is "an airconditioner in a glass" as Columbia Room's Derek Brown puts it, and fiendishly simple.

In a highball with ice, add in:
The juice of a key lime (and both shells, or the juice of 1/2 of a normal lime and a dash of simple syrup or an orange syrup)
2-3 oz of rye or bourbon
fill the glass with sparkling mineral water (pellegrino works well)

Enjoy.

Bourbon Rickey
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Pink Gin

2 ounces gin
3 dashes of bitters
Garnish with a twist of lemon peel

Stir the gin and bitters (traditionally Angostura, but Peychaud's also works) in a cocktail glass, and garnish with lemon peel. This is generally served without ice, but you may want to chill the gin in the freezer. The British occasionally add water or a splash of soda.

Recipe stolen from http://www.chow.com/recipes/10285 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Gin

Pink ish Gin
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Flying Dutchman

2 parts gin
1/2 part cointreau

Poor alcohol over ice in a low tumbler, stir. Optionally, add lemon juice. Garnish with lemon twist

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Gimlet

4 parts gin or vodka
1 part fresh lime juice
1 part simple syrup

Mix and serve in a low tumbler, garnish with a lime

Interesting twist - add cucumber juice + garnish (http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2006/07/cucumber_gimlets)

Gimlet
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Tom Collins

2 parts gin or vodka
1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
drizzle of sugar syrup
A dash of lemoncello (optional)
Citrus bitters (optional)
chilled carbonated water to taste

Mix the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a highball glass with ice, top up with soda water, garnish and serve.

Garnish with a citrus wedge or cherry

Tom Collins
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Martini

After going all-in with the "bow in the vague direction of France" portion of vermouth, I actually believe a good balance of gin and vermouth creates the perfect martini.

3 parts gin (see below)
1 part dry vermouth (Dolin, or sub in Lillet Blanc)
1 dash olive brine

Shake with cracked ice, strain and pour into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with an olive or two on a skewer, or cocktail onions for a gibson. The Columbia Room serves their signature martini with a twist and a dash of orange bitters.

Martini (w steak in the background)
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