Martinis and Gimlets

Gin gets a bad rap.

I think when people think of gin they think of gnawing on a pine tree. While some gin does have a heavy juniper flavor there are so many other varieties and flavors out there. Dismissing gin because you don’t like juniper means you haven’t tried enough gin.

So drink more gin.


I happen to love craft gin. Pretty much all of it. We have Brokers in our cabinet as a basic level dry gin for mixing. Also we have been lucky enough to have three of the very best gins on the market in our cabinet as well. And all three of those are from Oregon.

Aria from Bull Run and Bankers Gin from Vivacity Spirits are both so London dry style gins and are SO different from each other. Bankers is crisp, dry, and citrusy. Aria is a bit softer with a pronounced forward juniper flavor and a lingering finish. Both are stunning.


But then there is the Native Gin from Vivacity as well. I had the privilege of meeting and chatting with Caitlin who is the distiller at Vivacity. She lovingly called Native her gateway gin. And a gateway it is indeed.

See I didn’t drink gin till I tried Native. Last winter at a holiday market was the first time I really tasted gin at all. Yes. You did just read that right. I have been drinking gin for less than six months. Trust me when I say I’m making up for lost time.

Stir a martini don't shake it

After tasting the Vivacity gins I braved buying Native later on that week. I say braved because I was still a tad scared of gin. Buy oh my the gin and tonics we drank…. That bottle disappeared quickly. Then Nathan was gifted Vivacity’s Bankers Gin for Christmas and that was dispatched just as quickly.

Somewhere along this journey of mixing gin and tonics and gimlets I realized I really like gin. One night out with girlfriends I just up and ordered a martini. Holy deliciousness. Seriously. Who knew olive soaked in gin were that good too!?


If you love gin you know what I am talking about. Come over and I will make you are martini. If you don’t like gin, please come over and I will make you a gimlet and let you sip on some Native Gin and you will realize gin wasn’t what you thought it was.


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Gimlet (makes 1 drink)

Gimlets are traditionally made with Rose’s lime juice but I just can’t (or won’t). I am offering you options here to either use fresh lime or Rose’s.

2 ounces gin (London dry is best)
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
OR 1 ounce Rose’s lime juice

Pour the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake till well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Martini (makes 1 drink)

3 ounces gin (splurge for a great gin)
1/2 ounce dry vermouth (or to taste)
Olives for garnish

Pour the gin and vermouth into a tall glass filled with ice. Stir gently with a spoon till well chilled (we don’t shake martinis because it clouds the gin). Strain into a martini glass and garnish with olives.

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