If spring is the season when flowers bloom, filling the air with fragrance, then gin is the springtime of spirits filling a glass. Paul Birman from PlumpJack Wine & Spirits’ Fillmore location, shares his three favorite gin cocktails for spring.
Every gin is different with its own unique recipe of botanicals, just as every flower has its distinctive aroma. Juniper, citrus, chamomile, bergamot, and a million other aromas can all be part of a gin’s bouquet. For me, a gin and tonic can’t help but evoke images of lounging on a warm sunny day with a cool, refreshing, cocktail in hand. So grab your cocktail shaker and a bottle of gin and make these delicious drinks.
Bombay Sapphire Martini served up with olives
A daily requirement to keep my sanity. Sapphire is my go to for it’s classic,
London dry style. Smooth and round, it’s hard to just have one.
Perfect Negroni with Tanqueray 10 served up with an orange twist
What makes this perfect isn’t just its potency, but the addition of
dry vermouth and sweet vermouth. I cut back a little on the Campari to make it
less sweet as well. I had this with foie gras on New Year’s Eve and the citrus and lightness
of this cocktail made for the perfect pairing.
Ramos Gin Fizz
This New Orleans classic cocktail is a true test of your bartending skills. It’s the
adult version of a dreamsicle. This drink was originally made-to-order using a long
line-up of “shaker boys,” who would shake the drink for 30 seconds each and pass it
down the line. It was said to have taken 12 minutes to properly shake a Ramos
to perfection. It’s not an everyday drink, but worth the effort once it’s made.
If you love gin or are new to the spirit and want to enhance your knowledge, join our
Gin Club at PlumpJack Wine & Spirits. The Club explores modern dry gins, that tone down
the juniper and turn up the intensity of other botanicals for a creative mix of flavors.
Offerings will include gins with different botanicals, garnishes and alcohol content.
You will receive cocktail recipes along with a detailed write up.