I spent a great number of years believing that I did not like gin. The juniper forward tastes-like-the-smell-of-Christmas-trees was nothing I wanted in a cocktail. It turns out I just didn’t like a particular brand of London Dry Gin. I actually LOVE gin and the more herbal the better. Gin cocktails are certainly classic and can be anything from Martinis to Gimlets. We like how unexpected it is in this Old Fashioned.
Gin is a clear distilled spirit that can go directly from the still into the bottle, no aging required. We really like what happens when they do age it, though. There are several brands of barrel aged gin available. We encourage you to try a few and take home your favorite.
2 oz Barrel aged gin
.5 oz Make & Muddle Honey Lavender Elixir
dash Copper & Kings Alembic Gin Bitters
Lemon peel for garnish
In a mixing glass with ice, add the first three ingredients and stir until cold. Strain contents from mixing glass into an old fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with lemon peel, expressing oils over the drink and around the rim of the glass.