Welcome to a tongue-in-cheek, but sometimes super serious column documenting adventures with spirits and cocktails when out and about or from the comfort of my own home. Let's discover new things together!

Perhaps you know this, but gin is one of my favorite spirits. (It's important you know this so you can buy me a drink if we ever run into each other!) It has a really interesting history and it's refreshing and delicious, especially during the sweltering summer months.

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Gin is distilled from juniper berries and each distiller uses their own mix of botanicals, so different gins have distinct flavors that mix with the notes of juniper. Zephyr Gin, in addition to lemon peel, coriander and angelica root, uses the elderberry and elderflower to create a unique gin experience. The taste of elderberries, when used in food and drink, is sweet, rich and tart, and these characteristics are apparent in Zephyr Gin.

In the photo above, I'm sipping a Zephyr Martini (in a bathtub, which might be the best way to have martini). Make one for yourself and experience this new, modern gin. 

Zephyr Martini 

Recipe courtesy of Zephyr Gin

  • 3 oz Zephyr Gin
  • 1 oz chilled dry vermouth

Pour vermouth into a shaker full of cracked ice. Swirl, then pour out the vermouth. Add gin to the cracked ice. Stir (don't shake). Strain into a martini glass that has been frozen for an hour or more. Garnish with a slender lemon twist.  

Booze News Insider Rachel Hart believes in the importance of expanding one's happy hour and nightcap repertoire beyond a glass of wine (although, she'll happily take one). She loves to discover creative quality spirits and cocktails and hopes you'll go on the journey with her.

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