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Interview with Jared Brown, the Sipsmith Master Distiller who has a passion for Gin flavours and drinks. Sipsmith’s distillery is based in Hammersmith, London. Read Interview Here

The world’s first gin infused with the ‘essense’ of ants, known as Anty Gin. Learn more – Anty Gin

Loss weight with the GinTein Protein Shake Cocktail

Here’s the drinking dilemma: nearly all cocktails are fattening, loaded with calories and carbs, and generally not very healthy. Imagine drinking your way to health and weight loss.
The GinTein will become your favorite Weight Loss Diet cocktail! Learn more – Make Your Own GinTein

Sipsmith Gin handcrafted with Love

Welcome to Sipsmith Gin. They make their Gin by hand in genuinely small batches – just a few hundred bottles a time. The quintessential expression of a classic, traditional London Dry Gin. “It is a labour of love, with so much passion, care and attention invested in every drop.” says Chris, Sipsmith Head Distiller. Inspired by the two hundred years of London distilling history, they balance modern technology with traditional recipes and techniques. Their copper is named Prudence. The first copper still to launch in London for nearly 200 years, designed with Germany’s oldest distillery producers, Christian Carl – a small, family business who have been crafting stills since 1869. Visit Sipsmith website:

2015 Juniper Berry Harvest

New Juniper Berry crop is ready. Oregon grower has new healthy 2015 Juniper Berries. Western Juniper Berries are selectively hand harvested to ensure the best quality. Purchase Direct from local Oregon Grower. No Pesticides. 100% Organic. Fresh and Ripe. Nationwide and International Shipping Available. Small and Bulk Orders Welcome. Email for further details and pricing.  Learn More

Super premium Caorunn Scottish Gin served to Oscar stars in LA

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The recent Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles was the launch of an exciting new partnership campaign between Caorunn Scottish Gin and the luxury tailor brand Spencer Hart.

Launched in November 2009, Caorunn is a small batch distilled Scottish Gin. Caorunn is handcrafted to the highest standard and mixes the classic with the contemporary to exude a stylish, modern sophistication. Distilled in a working malt distillery in the remote Scottish Highlands, the super premium gin is crafted using time-honored distillation techniques and a unique infusion of five locally sourced Celtic botanicals. A true modern classic, Caorunn’s clean, crisp, aromatic taste provides an ideal base for cocktails, and contributes to the brand’s growing reputation as one of the finest super premium gins on the market.

Spencer Hart was originally launched on SavileRow in 2002. More of an ethos than a style, the cut and fabrication of Spencer Hart has attracted well-dressed men across the globe, including celebrities Robbie Williams, Piers Brosnan, P Diddy, David Bowie, Daniel Craig, and Dominic West.

To support Spencer Hart’s Oscars activity this year, Caorunn sponsored the brand’s exclusive pre-Oscars party where the stars of British film enjoyed Caorunn’s signature drink – a Caorunn G&T which is served with a slice of apple. Caorunn also provided some of the film world’s leading men with a taste of the Scottish Highlands during the run-up to Sunday’s inaugural awards at the iconic Chateau Marmont.

Read more about Caorunn Scottish Gin at their website

Top 2012 American Gins

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Juniper Society Meets at Graphic Bar London

All Gin Drinkers are Welcome at the Graphic Bar in London

Every second Monday of the month at the Graphic Bar in London, UK between 7pm until 10pm Gin Drinkers meet to share their love for Gin. They invite different brands of gin to send a representative. Whether a brand ambassador, brand owner, or master distiller comes to give an evening of gin education about their particular gin brand to a group of consumers, novices, bartenders, industry professionals and connoisseurs.

The Monday night events has been running for over 7 months now and has a “hard core” group of regulars which have become our own little family of about 30, a very welcoming and out going bunch who take into the fold any newcomers.

This event is free to come along to, a free drink is provided on arrival (either a Gordon Tonic or Gin Martini with the nights brand), during the tutored tasting sample drinks are free. The Graphic Bar runs half price drinks (£3.50 Large Gordon Tonic. £5.50 Gin Martini) for the remainder of the evening.

History of the Junipter Society

A Long time ago in a darker time in London town, Gin was not for the faint hearted. It was a crewd and harsh concoction made in the bathtub. The old, the young and even the youngest of society drank it so they could forget the horrid lives they lived.

Years later in the late 1820s, the Gin Palace was the place for the young, the hip and fashionable to be seen drinking Gin. Lavish chandeliers and ornate front windows marked the dazzling addresses.

In 2010 the Gin Palace has been brought up to date. Brand new design, with current graphic artists being continually featured, Graphic Bar is now the location to be seen with one of the largest collections of Gin in the UK.

Juniper Society has been created to bring together people with the love of all things Juniper. Gin, Jenever, Genever, tonics and martinis are here for all to try. the Graphic Bar aims to expand the knowledge and passion for our favourite spirit Gin with everyone.

When is a Gin not a gin?

The predominant flavour of gin, according to EU definitions, must be juniper. So should the growing number of ‘gins’ in which juniper does not dominate be stripped of the title?

Joanne Simcock, Master Distiller/Head of Quality, G&J Greenall

Yes. We should stay true to the tradition of gin — the problem I see is that the definition itself gives rise to interpretation as it uses the word “predominant”. This is subjective as what’s predominant to me can be perceived as overpowering to one person or non-existent to the next. Rather than create flavoured vodkas, we should be protecting London gin’s identity and look to complement the aroma of juniper with other natural botanicals. For example, there are unlimited amounts of herbs, spices, roots and flowers to experiment with — for me this is where the real skill of the master distiller comes into force.

Is your Neighbor an Alcoholic?

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcoholism currently affects nearly 14 million Americans. Currently the US population is around 304 million, that’s roughly 4.5% of the American.

What Women Really Want…Valentine’s Day

A recent study of U.S. adult women revealed that when it comes to Valentine’s Day, nothing celebrates the one you love better than champagne. An overwhelming 40% of women aged 21 and up in relationships admitted that not only does champagne make the special day more romantic, but it is also the most romantic drink to enjoy with that special someone.

The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive(R) on behalf of Perrier-Jouet, asked what type of drink women in relationships would like to share with their significant other on Valentine’s Day. The number one choice was champagne with 31% of the vote! This result overwhelmingly beat out rum, which received only 10% of the vote and beer and tequila, which both received 8%.

“While flowers and candy remain popular among women, the consensus is that champagne seems to add an element of romance not easily found in other gifts,” said Stephen Brauer, Perrier-Jouet VP and General Manager.

World’s Largest Beverage Competition Announces Winners Geneva, Switzerland

Once again the finest beverage products in the world have met to compete, and the results are now in. The 2008-2009 World Beverage, World Beer, World Spirits and World Wines Competitions have finalized. Entries once again exceeded all prior records with broader and more diverse selections for the judges to choose from.

This years winners hail from 25 countries and all parts of the globe: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and of course The United States. Award winners are displayed in this order: 2009 Category: Platinum: Gold: Silver: Bronze:

The 2009 Gin Winner are:

  • Gin:
  • Platinum: Straight Gin – New Amsterdam – USA
  • Gold: Tanqueray London Dry Gin – England
  • Silver: Lucky Dry Gin – USA
  • Bronze: Gordon’s Gin – England
  • Gin Flavored:
  • Platinum: Tanqueray Rangpur Gin – England
  • Gold: Rouge Spruce Gin – USA
  • Silver: Rouge Pink Gin – USA
  • Bronze: Excalibur Dry Olive – England

Source: World Beverage Competition

75th Anniversary of Prohibition

Dec 05, 2008 marks the 75th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in the U.S. To mark the occasion, we raise a glass to a few of the enterprising characters who owe their fortunes to the period.

Sam Bronfman Bronfman (which literally means “whisky man” in Yiddish) rubbed elbows with a who’s who of American mobsters.

It was Lucky Luciano who famously said that Bronfman bootlegged enough whisky to “double the size of Lake Erie.” By the end of Prohibition, he had made $800 million, gone legit and purchased the Seagram’s brand he’s known for today.

Hatch purchased the Gooderham & Worts distillery in 1923 for $1.5 million. Soon after, he had an entire fleet of rum-runners (known as “Hatch’s navy” ) in his employ.

He added Hiram Walker & Sons, makers of America’s favourite firewater, Canadian Club, to the operation in 1926. By the end of Prohibition, he and Bronfman controlled close to two-thirds of the Canadian liquor trade.

John S. Labatt John Labatt worked every angle to ensure his brewery survived Prohibition: He paid bonuses to bootleggers to get his product into the U.S., arranged out-of-province mail-order schemes and even produced 2% alcohol brews that complied with U.S. regulations. When the ban was lifted, a gang of disgruntled smugglers kidnapped him for ransom–but he managed to survive that, too.

John McLaughlin McLaughlin is the Toronto pharmacist who stumbled upon “the Champagne of Ginger Ales” in 1904. Canada Dry, it later turned out, was the perfect disguise for terrible bathtub gin, and, by the 1920s, it was practically the official beverage of Prohibition. Unfortunately, it was an American man, P.D. Saylor, who reaped the benefits, having bought the Canada Dry brand in 1923.

The Blue Stater Cocktail

Now that the Election Results are in, the Blue States haverallied behind President-elect Barack Obama.

Victory has been achieved perhaps for the time-being. Whatever your political leanings are… it’s time to sit back, relax and take a deep breath.

It’s only fitting that we acknowledge the great campaign of Senator Obama and Senator McCain. Let’s salute them with a ‘The Blue Stater’.


Juice of 1/2 lime

1 teaspoon superfine sugar

1/2 teaspoon Canton ginger liqueur

8 fresh blueberries

2 ounces No. 209 Gin.

In a shaker, combine the lime juice, sugar, ginger liqueur and blueberries. Muddle until everything is well mixed. Add the gin. Fill with ice, shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Gin Quote: “Everyone who
drinks is not a
poet. Some of us drink because we’re not poets.” – Dudley
in the movie “Arthur”

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