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    Re: Let's Talk About Gin

    Gin is one liqour I have never developed a taste for...(therefore real Martini's....due to the juniper and vermouth). However, I would like to give it a try again....I assume the gin should be ice cold? I have Bombay Sapphire on hand.

    Gin and tonic is a popular drink...what are the proper proportions?
    Does anyone sip Gin straight? :0

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    Re: Let's Talk About Gin

    A lot of people sip gin straight but they call in a dry martini. You know all the jokes, they wave the closed vermouth bottle over the glass. So, basically, that's straight gin (or vodka).

    I wouldn't generally chill the gin. I use ice in a shaker and chill the drink that way. Most experts prefer stirring for drinks that are all liquor, like martinis, so I guess I'm not an expert.

    Proportions for a gin and tonic are whatever you want them to be and in practice they range from a 1:1 ratio of gin to tonic, to maybe a 1:5 ratio. I prefer about 1:3. Too much gin makes it bitter.

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    Re: Let's Talk About Gin

    Wiki has an informative article:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin

    I think the Gimlet looks interesting to try....

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    Re: Let's Talk About Gin

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    Proportions for a gin and tonic are whatever you want them to be and in practice they range from a 1:1 ratio of gin to tonic, to maybe a 1:5 ratio. I prefer about 1:3. Too much gin makes it bitter.
    Leslie has started ordering straight gin with an olive when we are at a bar of questionable expertise. It's just easier than returning three drinks in a row...

    But when making them at home the ratio is about 500:1 gin to vermouth That and the scant trace of Worcestershire makes for the perfect martini, in my humble opinion. Shaken, not stirred.
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    Post Re: Let's Talk About Gin

    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Wiki has an informative article:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin

    I think the Gimlet looks interesting to try....
    I used to enjoy Gimlets when I was young. Now, they are far too sweet for me. They might be a good intro to gin, though.

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    Re: Let's Talk About Gin

    Jeff, that is a great tagline

    "Wine is not meant to be enjoyed for its own sake; it is the key to love and laughter with friends, to the enjoyment of food, beauty and humour and art and music. Its rewards are far beyond its cost."

    Indeed...

    Hmm, a dash of Worcestershire...interesting.

    Tim, I was thinking the Gimlet would be more sour due to the lime...?

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    Post Re: Let's Talk About Gin

    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post

    Tim, I was thinking the Gimlet would be more sour due to the lime...?
    It is very sour and very sweet at the same time. Like Sweet Tarts candy. It is very simple to make (gin, Rose's lime juice, and ice), so just try one and see.

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    Re: Let's Talk About Gin

    Quote Originally Posted by ratcheer View Post
    It is very sour and very sweet at the same time. Like Sweet Tarts candy. It is very simple to make (gin, Rose's lime juice, and ice), so just try one and see.

    Tim
    Try a gimlet made with freshly squeezed lime juice...it makes all the difference.

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    Exclamation Re: Let's Talk About Gin

    Quote Originally Posted by robbyvirus View Post
    Try a gimlet made with freshly squeezed lime juice...it makes all the difference.
    Well, sure. But IMHO, that would not be a gimlet, it would be something else.

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    Re: Let's Talk About Gin

    I haven't had many gins, just regular tanq, tanq 10, and sapphire. Of those I like the ten, then sapphire, and don't care much for the regular tanq.

    I do not drink cheap liquor, life is too short and I consume it too slowly. I just opened my second bottle of Sapphire (1750). I bought my first one about five years ago...

    That said, I really don't know what would be a step up from the Sapphire I keep in my cabinet. I've only made a few martinis in my life, mostly I drink Gin & Tonics during the summer. I've found that Fever Tree makes a great mixer.

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