The 3 Best Gins for the Holiday Season

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The 3 Best Gins for the Holiday Season

Crisp juniper berries in a dry spirit make for a very festive sip. Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and once it's here, you need to be cocktail ready for the holiday season because in the throws of gift-shopping and decorating, booze is the gift that keeps on giving.

A gin drink with juniper berries

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As far as gin goes, you might know what you like, but in the spirit of the cheery and the new, try these Christmassy spirits:

1. Suntory Roku Gin

Gin from Japan is heavy with botanicals, with notes of cardamom and lemon peel. Undoubtedly, it makes a fantastic sipping drink while neat and has a peppery gin and tonic, but puts these unique touches to work in an extra special Roku Grey. Here's what you'll need:

  • 60 ml of the good stuff
  • 240 ml of cooled earl grey tea
  • Half a lemon
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • Ice
  • Mint and lemon to garnish

Make the tea as strong as you like, and add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker once it's cooled. Shake it up, add ice and the garnish, and you're good to go! Although you couldn't go wrong with a tiny umbrella.

2. Hendrick's Gin

Hendricks is unlike any other gin because it has a rush of juniper that brings strong but not overwhelming rose and cucumber flavors. Play into that by making a Figgins. A fig and ginger gin drink that'll make any gathering memorable. Here's what you need:

  • 4 ounces of gin
  • 5 ounces of ginger syrup, you can make it at home
  • 5 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces of seltzer
  • 4 fresh figs
  • 2 cups of crushed ice
  • Ice cubes
  • Figs and thyme to make it look pretty

Muddle the figs in a cocktail shaker and add all the ingredients except for the garnish, seltzer, and crushed ice. Shake it really well and then pour (through a fine mesh strainer) it into glasses with a nice bed of crushed ice. Top it with seltzer and give it a swirl!

3. Pickering's Original 1947

Talk of ol’ reliable; this recipe dates all the way back to 1947, and to add its history, it was a family secret for over sixty-six years! With clove, cinnamon, and coriander, passing this one over would be a crime. However, you'd also be remiss if you didn't try it in this Pickering-approved cocktail that is quite rightly called, The P's Knees:

  • 50 ml of gin, you know the one
  • 25 ml of fresh orange juice
  • 25 ml of lemon juice
  • 15 ml honey
  • Orange twist
  • Maraschino cherries — they're not in the original recipe, but it works

Stir the honey into the lemon and orange juice, and then add all of it to a shaker. Shake for 20-25 seconds and then strain it into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange twist and a cherry on top.


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