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All The Gin Joints by Michael Turback

New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars

I enjoyed reading an advance copy of Michael Turback’s All The Gin Joints: New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars (ISBN 978-1466282988), a book celebrating gin with “101 artisanal cocktails.” Mr. Turback writes in a light, engaging style, weaving quotes from Casablanca through the prologue and the brief history of gin that front the cocktail recipes. A small fairly complete section covers proper bartending tools, material which should be familiar to people who love cocktails.

The cocktails themselves range from the staggeringly simple “Wolf’s Bite”, (3 parts gin, 2 parts grapefruit juice, and 1 part Green Chartreuse) to the almost comically complex “Daikon Dream”, which has intrepid home mixologists stirring up dongchimi broth, taking two full days to ferment at room temperature.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some intriguing drinks in this book. I am honored to know all of the Texas bartenders in the book, and Bobby Heugel’s “Smitten” is not only delicious, but within the abilities of the home cocktail-maker. Likewise, Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s “East of Eden” takes an gin sour with equal parts citrus and syrup, but enhances the white flower aromatics of St. Germain with a floral-lychee scented Gewurztraminer reduction. There are some cocktails in “All The Gin Joints” that combine deliciousness and ease of construction into a pleasant whole.

Recent Additions

  • Glowing Green — Pisco, Suze, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Blue Curaçao, Orange bitters
  • Gilded Paloma — Tequila, Soda water, Grapefruit juice, Pineapple juice, Lime juice, Cinnamon syrup, Grapefruit peel
  • Pickwick Club — Pineapple rum, Overproof rum, Allspice Dram, Bitters, Absinthe, Passion fruit syrup, Vanilla syrup, Orange peel
  • Mignon — Gin, Rye, Cassis, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Orange bitters, Islay Scotch, Orange
  • Chipmunk — Old Tom Gin, Ginger liqueur, Simple syrup, Lime juice

Recent Discussion

  • Re Post Modern, 18 hours ago HallA commented:

    Interesting combination and definitely has some interesting layers. I did this with naked grouse and suspect it would be better served by a less sherry bomb scotch. Still definitely worth making again.

  • Re Spanish Shawl, 2 days ago drdug commented:

    This is a perennial favorite. I’m able to get Atxa, a Spanish dry vermouth locally. Tried to edit the recipe but this brand wasn’t recognized and wouldn’t save. Agree with other commentators the Hendricks is my favorite gin for this cocktail!

  • Re Benediction, 2 days ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    Nice herbal combo that worked well with Spanish brandy

  • Re The Inocencio, 2 days ago shadowkirby commented:

    A little sweet - would possibly omit the simple. Very vegetal, good drink for spring.

  • Re The St-Rita, 5 days ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    uninspired elderflower margarita with poor proportions