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As a Drink Editor I receive a lot of requests for restaurant, bar and nightlife recommendations. So I started a blog to chronicle Chicago's social scene which eventually morphed into New York's drinking and dining scene. After years in Chicago, I'm now a full time resident of NYC, the East Village to be exact. Look forward to sharing the latest and greatest from the wine & spirits world, straight from the Big Apple.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Beefeater Winter Edition

Wanna know what winter tastes like?

For some palates, gin is a tricky spirit. More often than not imbibers either love it or hate it. I’d venture to say that it’s the botanicals and unique flavor profile of the spirit that has the tendency to overwhelm or scare newbies. Some are haunted by their Gin & Tonic college days and others can’t handle a traditional gin martini. But gin is a lady, albeit a complex one, and for
some reason I picture gin having the personality of Mae West.

I also happen to heart gin. I’m fascinated by the vast array of proprietary botanical recipes that
distillers employ to set their spirit apart. And as I headed to the Lamb’s Club in New York last
month, I was eager to try the latest display of gin craftsmanship – Beefeater Winter.

Master Distiller Desmond Payne opted to combine the traditional tastes and flavors of winter
to bring the limited edition gin to life. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, and Seville Orange peel were
combined with the classic flavors of Beefeater London Dry to create the winter edition. It’s
only available in New York and San Francisco but that shouldn’t deter any one from getting out of the vodka rut and reaching for the nearest bottle of gin (I like Beefeater, New Amsterdam and Bombay Sapphire).

Don’t be intimidated by the spirit. When in doubt go for gin and lemon San Pellegrino
sparking water with a sprig of mint.


Beefeater cocktail combo’s to try:

24:75 – Beefeater 24, Sencha Tea syrup, lemon juice, champagne
French 75 – Beefeater, lemon juice, simple syrup, champagne
Ruby Negroni – Beefeater, Campari, Tawny Port, raspberry syrup, prosecco

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