This amber colored gin also bucks tradition, using a base distilled from malted barley, as well as botanical extracts created with high proof corn spirit. It’s an homage to the gin drunk during the high point of craft cocktails in the 1800s, and Ransom’s Oregon-based distiller Tad Seestedt enlisted the help of cocktail and spirits historian David Wondrich to develop the rather unusual method for making this gin. Though odd, it’s one of the most interesting American-made gins on the market, thanks not only to its nod to history, but also its rich, almost whiskey-like flavor. It certainly makes a mean Old Fashioned.
As it turns out, even flavor is bigger in Texas. Made in Dripping Springs, Texas, this delightful example of New Western-style gin uses locally sourced botanicals to create one of the most unexpected blends of flavor you’ll find. Citrus peel adds bright acidity, lavender gives florality, anise lends depth and spice, and pecans round out the finish. Try it in a Bee’s Knees to highlight the floral notes in the gin, or mix it into the delightfully strange Sweet & Sour Chicken Toddy for a cold weather treat.