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Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of 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:
Trevor Frye recommends Bombay Sapphire East, sibling to that iconic blue-bottled gin that's easily one of the most recognized in the world and for good reason! Besides hand-selecting the 12 botanicals they use from around the world, this gin is made using extremely rare Carterhead stills, which allow the gin to infuse while in a vapor form, leaving the taste softer and cleaner than one may have had before from a London Dry. A fantastic gateway into the wonderful and varied world of gin!
Russell Davis and Danny Ronen's recommendation is Beefeater 24, made in the heart of London's Kennington neighborhood. Original Beefeater has stood the test of time since 1863 and now claims the title of the world’s most awarded gin, so on the tenth anniversary of Master Distiller Desmond Payne's creation of Beefeater 24, we figured this great recommendation would be like trying something new and eclectic, but with a perfect backbone (and with some additional botanicals, such as Japanese Sencha, Chinese green tea, and grapefruit peel).
Tyler Hudgens recommends Tanqueray No. TEN, which takes its name from "Tiny Ten," the nickname of the small copper pot still in which every drop is produced. The only gin made using whole citrus fruit (including white grapefruit, lime, and orange), along with juniper, coriander, and a hint of chamomile flowers, No. TEN has a unique, full-bodied character and citrus undertone, which has made it a perennial favorite amongst passionate bartenders. Upon its launch, this gin was crowned "Best White Spirit” three times in a row at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, at which point it was retired from the competition into the Hall of Fame, where it remains the only white spirit.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 22 oz of gin; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/2, 3/4, 1 1/2 and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, shaker, bar spoon, mixing glass, fine strainer, microplane/grater, and citrus reamer or juicer. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Martini and coupe glasses
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 3 pounds of ice (3 ice trays’ worth).
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