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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:
Ted Kilgore recommends Hendrick’s, which is one of his all-time favorite gins and has been for some time. While starting out with the usual London Dry style, it sets itself apart with two different vintage stills used in its production. The gin is then blended together and natural cucumber and rose essence are added. Because of its unique production process and vast botanical range, Hendrick’s is versatile and can be utilized in a number of ways that enhance its citrus, floral, spice, or herbal qualities.
Keli Rivers recommends German bombshell Monkey 47 due to its high content of aromatic lingonberries and floral lavender, not to mention the hand-peeled lemon and grapefruit, which pair so well with the cocktails in this box. Why color with only two or three crayons, Keli says, when you can use the whole rainbow of tastes!
For Greg Mayer Bulldog Gin is the way to go. A bold and flavorful London Dry–style gin that also incorporates notes of lavender, citrus, and other botanicals, it meshes very nicely with these cocktails.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 22 oz of gin; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet. Quick note, Monkey 47 only comes in a 375 ml bottle, so if you want to try it with our box, you'll need another bottle to go with it.
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1 1/2 and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, shaker, bar spoon, mixing glass, fine strainer, and citrus reamer or juicer. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Rocks glass, collins glass, and fizz glass
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 5 pounds of ice (5 ice trays’ worth).
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