• Twelve Keys Gin
    Gin,  Reviews

    Twelve Keys Gin

    Twelve Keys Gin is so named from the 16th-century alchemical text The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine. Each of the mysterious keys was a step in the process of alchemy, the process of turning base metal into the elixir of life, aka. the philosopher’s stone. And before this all gets very Harry Potter lets get back to what this is really about: gin.

  • Martinez cocktail
    Cocktails,  Gin,  Recipes

    Martinez

    The Martinez cocktail is the grandmother of the martini, emerging some time in the latter half of the 19th Century. A riff on the whisky-based Manhattan, it first appeared in print in O.H. Byron’s 1884 The Modern Bartender as a footnote to the more popular whisky cocktail. Originally the Martinez called for Dutch genever but for a long time now has been made with London Dry gin. Jerry Thomas’ 1887 Bar-tenders Guide lists Old Tom as the main ingredient. This recipe uses Thomas’ Old Tom gin which I think gives it a softer more balanced ‘ginny’ profile. I’m also not very fond of the malty genever. But if that is…