Tuesday, June 8, 2010

24 Gimlet

The fancy new Beefeater 24 had been in my shop for a little while, so when it was time for a new gin to play with, it called to me. My first bottle of gin was a Beefeater, so I have a warm spot in my heart for the brand. I remember telling the guy behind the counter that I planned to make Martinis, and he made a few other suggestions before he more or less put the Yeoman Warder in my hand, big smile. So I looked at the newer one and hesitated for a second, suspicious of the shiny packaging. But only for a second. A new Beefeater—crazy not to want to at least try it, if only in the name of scientific curiosity.

The botanicals are warm and complex—not as forward on the juniper as the housemate and I are used to, but like the regular Beefeater, it’s big and solid with prominent citrus notes. The grapefruit peel and tea are elegant additions that go with the Jacobean bottle. This is a fun spirit, and worth trying in the traditional gin cocktails. It’s quite smooth, too, so if you like some bite from the alcohol, you may want the gin more forward than usual.

24 Gimlet
  • 2 oz Beefeater 24 gin
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tsp honey syrup (lemon blossom honey)
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

1 comment:

  1. Funny you should say this, as I was a die-hard until about a year ago. I have been seduced by the Dark Side. So fresh, so fine! Come join us, DJ. [Swirling vortex with phantoms opens behind me as I smile invitingly.]


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