Switching to Gin

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Switching to Gin

Postby narcoleptish » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:01 pm

I've had a long run as a vodka martini guy. I've enjoyed being a martini guy but will admit to feeling occasionally sheepish when I specify vodka to the bartender, knowing that a true martini is made with gin.

Ever since ordering my first martini, a true one, at The Treehouse nightclub in Fitchburg circa 1987, and wincing at the first taste, I've been pretty sure that I wasn't cut out for sipping straight gin. I will drink G&Ts all summer long but undiluted juniper juice was surely for old guys in leather chairs.

However, while watching old episodes of A Cook's Tour with Anthony Bourdain last night, I was taken with an episode about bars and specifically with an older barman who seemed quite adamant that a martini be made with gin. He just had a way about him.

So 30 minutes or so ago I mixed one up with Beefeater, a generous (these days) bit of vermouth, and both a lemon rind and olive. While I didn't settle for a simple stir as the man on TV did, I gave it a much less enthusiastic shake than I do the vodka.

And.....not goddamn bad! And a pleasant little numbness to the face that would usually not reveal itself until three sips into a third vodka version.

So yeah, I think I'm going to give this a try. Now I just have to find a leather chair..

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby Igor » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:12 pm

narcoleptish wrote: The Treehouse nightclub in Fitchburg circa 1987,


Holy crap. That is going back a ways.

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby fennel » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:19 pm

narcoleptish wrote:So yeah, I think I'm going to give this a try. Now I just have to find a leather chair..
Until you're ready to upgrade from the Beefeater's, stick with the naugahyde.

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby narcoleptish » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:24 pm

It's what I had in the house. Please recommend something.

Igor wrote:
narcoleptish wrote: The Treehouse nightclub in Fitchburg circa 1987,


Holy crap. That is going back a ways.


Yeah, I made the 19 drinking age.

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby Bwis53 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:31 pm

I like gimlets.

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:31 pm

narcoleptish wrote:Please recommend something.

Death's Door -- made right here in Wisconsin -- ain't too shabby.

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:52 pm

An old guy once told me - "Our friends who drank gin - they're all dead now!"

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby chainsawcurtis » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:55 pm

There are a myriad of gin brands. Start with the classics and upgrade from there. There is nothing wrong with Beefeaters, or Tangueray, or Gordon's for that matter. Travis McGee drank Pymouth's.

The classic martini is cracked ice with 2 ounces of gin and a 1/2 ounce of a good dry vermouth (nice to have a jigger in your bar tool kit. It looks like two different sized cones welded together) stirred and strained with an olive or two if you're hungry. No pimiento. Gin on the rocks is not a martini. Opinion based on 40 years in the service biz. YMMV.

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby gargantua » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:23 pm

I like a good gin and tonic. I don't know how true this is, but I heard somewhere that gin-based hangovers are worse than most. Much to my surprise, I've never had enough gin to find out for myself.

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby narcoleptish » Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:42 pm

I just like the word Plymouth. I'm definitely giving that one a try.

chainsawcurtis wrote:Gin on the rocks is not a martini. Opinion based on 40 years in the service biz. YMMV.


I feel the same way. Booze on the rocks is just booze on the rocks. I always order "up" but I'm not a fan of the tulip glass. I ask for a lowball.

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby fennel » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:05 am

Dust Mite Rodeo wrote:An old guy once told me - "Our friends who drank gin - they're all dead now!"
Reminds me of that toast:
"To us and those like us: Damn few, and they're dead."

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby david cohen » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:37 am

If you go the Gin & Tonic route, ignore the mainstream Tonic brands and experiment with some of the micro-tonics. This will vastly improve your G&T experience:)

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby Ducatista » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:10 pm

narcoleptish wrote:Please recommend something.

If you're looking for something a little off center, Yahara Bay Barrel Mellowed Gin is worth a try.

A fun tasting option is the sampler of three 200ml St George gins (Botanivore, Dry Rye, and Terroir). I've seen it at Steve's, probably available elsewhere, too.

Drinking age was 18 for me, suckas. I might've been the last year... if not, nearly so.

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby fennel » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:31 pm

Genever (a kind of Dutch gin) is worth a try, but not for martinis. The one time I had it, it reminded me of a gin-scotch hybrid.

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Re: Switching to Gin

Postby Ducatista » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:00 pm

fennel wrote:Genever (a kind of Dutch gin)

Tell a Belgian that and see what happens.


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