So my friend Dawn tapped me the other day to help her settled a dispute. The dispute was about what classified a whiskey and is gin a type of whiskey. The short answer being whisky is a grain spirit that has spent a minimum amount of time in new charred oak barrels and gin, also a grain spirit, that has to have juniper as it main flavor. So gin is not a whiskey because it hasn’t seen time in a barrel and whiskey doesn’t contain any juniper.
I say this because, guess what showed up at work? A barrel-aged gin! I present to you Ransom Old Tom Gin.
“This specific Ransom recipe was developed in collaboration with historian, author, and mixologist David Wondrich. Ransom’s website will tell you that the gin’s subtle maltiness is the result of using a base wort of malted barley, combined with an infusion of botanicals in high proof corn spirits. Barrel aged… malted barley… high proof corn spirits… this sounds more like a whiskey than a gin. Here comes the gin bits though. The botanicals I mentioned above are juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander seed, angelica root and cardamom pods. Now we’re starting to see the gin traits making their mark. Finally, the distillation is run through an alambic pot still that preserves the maximum amount of aromatics, flavor and body. Only the “heart of the hearts” (the very best portion of distillate) is retained for this special bottling”.
This stuff is awesome. This is a must have for serious cocktail nerds.
Since this gin is based off a recipe from the golden era of classic cocktails naturally it’s going to work in classic cocktails like the Martinez.
◦2 oz Ransom Old Tom Gin
◦1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
◦1/4 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
◦Dash of Orange Bitters
◦Garnish with a lemon twist
Stir all ingredients with ice except for the garnish.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.