Posts Tagged "old tom gin"


Liquor 101: Making our Own Old Tom Gin Perhaps the most devastating review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace came from a fictional character, and took only 10 words. As the Simpsons family exited the theater, as we all did, in 1999, Lisa’s comment was, ‘Who knew the Phantom Menace was an intergalactic trade war?’ I was reminded of Lisa Simpson and The Phantom Menace when I read cocktail historian David...

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Adding to our Red Vermouth Catalog Our earliest sets of posts (here and here and here and here and here) came about when, after years of using whatever vermouth was handy, we realized that it might be useful to find out which one we liked best and why. We conducted a taste-off to determine which red vermouth and which dry vermouth we would stock in our bar. That tournament served us very well for a while, but as time passes we have...

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Garrick Club Punch Recipe As we mentioned in our special week on the topic not so long ago, we’re late but enthusiastic converts to punch. We long stood firmly on the cocktail side of the argument; then we met a true, honest-to-goodness punch from its 18th century heyday, and we were immediately smitten. Punch is the cocktail’s older, English cousin. It was born of something like necessity. When English sailors ran out of...

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Wigle’s Tomfoolery Old Tom Gin The turn of every season is an exciting time around the Roberts & June household. We don’t know when exactly it will be, and we haven’t the wildest guess what it will be; but we know that sometime very soon Wigle’s latest seasonal release will arrive. Sure enough, a few days ago we opened our door to find Tomfoolery on the doorstep. Tomfoolery is an Old Tom gin. Old Tom gin...

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Where We’ve Been Drinking: The Gibson DC Our first experience of a speakeasy style cocktail lounge was at The Violet Hour in Chicago, and in some ways the Violet Hour still serves as our archetype of the post-modern speakeasy at its best. There was, of course, all the necessary theater of getting in: the disorientation of getting to the address, finding only boarded up windows, and wondering if you’d gone to the right...

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