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Coffee and Gin, Batman and Robin

May 10, 2013

I normally find these things kind of idiotic but this one definitely resonates. After a quick 52 hour trip to Israel this week, I’m back in town and it’s going to be coffee and alcohol in a Batman and Robin like adventure this weekend. For now, I’m giving the Batman role to coffee…KAPOW!

And while there are many suitable leads to play the role of Robin, I’m on a serious gin kick these days, as there is nothing quite like a refreshing gin cocktail to ring in the warm weather. And I’m clearly not the only one who feels this way. Check out New York’s Grub Street, Spring Drinking guide to Gin and Tonics. You’ll remember my re-hash of our experience at Cata which definitely sums up the Spanish resurgence but I have a number of these other options on my radar to check out the latest and greatest in NYC. Most recently, we hit up Alder and I tried the Zereshk Is History and loved it.

The point is, the gin and tonic we all grew accustomed to is only the starting point; a most often shitty starting point at that. So much can be done with subtle and/or bold flavor profiles to highlight the wonderful herbaciousness in gin. But then again, if you find yourself a product as good as Tuthilltown’s you might choose to drink that sucker straight on its own. At least that’s what I do…


Using a blend of wheat and apples to make their base neutral spirit, the Half Moon Orchard Gin is hands down my favorite product in the category right now. The apple (distilled from, not flavored) adds such a nice smoothness that the herbs and botanicals shine through without being overwhelming. Last night I slowly sipped away at a glass with just a tiny lemon wedge and I couldn’t stop being amazed. So delicious.

But regardless of how you’ll enjoy it, it’s time to get on the gin train…Check out a few of my older gin posts here, and enjoy the beautiful (let’s hope so) weekend!


New York’s Distillery Resurgence

October 10, 2012

New York City is often a focal point of National economic indicators. So after a little analysis of the recent liquor boom within the city and state, it isn’t so hard to see why the spirit industry as a whole is on the up and up.

I’ve seen a few different ratios declared but no matter which number you trust, the following fact is mind-blowing. Approximately 1000/1 is the ratio of small-scale distilleries in NY state at the peak of the 19th century to the number just ten years ago. Think about that for one second. As you might imagine, the laws of Prohibition, prohibiting the production, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the US devastated the thriving industry. But to think that close to 70 years after it’s repeal, NY state hadn’t even come close to recovering, is really quite fascinating.

Turns out, while many of the details of Prohibition were overturned, not quite all of them were lifted. To be more specific, many of the regulations that classified distilleries as small batch or larger were skewed heavily against start-up initiatives. The licenses required for production were cost prohibitive and the taxes associated with the sale of these goods basically acted as an unresolvable deterrent. That is until 2002.

At this crucial time in NY legislation, a newly classified “D” distilling permit was introduced allowing small batch production at a seriously affordable license cost with one key caveat: 50% of the input ingredients must be sourced from New York State. It isn’t so hard to see why this has made NY one of the most easy and attractive places to open a distillery. Being able to produce up to 35,000 proof gallons per year, being able to provide tours, and being able to tout their product as locally sourced was all the incentive the minds behind Tuthilltown Spirits, Kings County Distillery, and many others have needed to get up and running.

But New York isn’t the only place in the US changing legislation to spur on distillation activity. Oregon for example passed similar allowances in 2008 and their now 46 distilleries contributed $53 million in annual sales within the state alone. These are the types of changes that spur on growth and real creativity. And in direct effect, some of the most interesting things in American Liquor have emerged in the last few years. I can only imagine what else is coming!

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