The Renaissance of Spirits – Gin


Continuing our occasional focus on spirits, we now take a look at gin, a spirit which derives its predominant flavor from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). With origins in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved from an herbal medicine to point of major of commerce in the spirits industry. While the Dutch get credit for the invention of gin, it was Britain where it became a staple in both the military and with its citizenry – unfortunately, leading to a period of time in the early 1700s referred to as the Gin Craze.

Today’s gins now have various origins, styles, and flavor profiles, each revolving around juniper as the common ingredient, yet many also include myriad other botanicals as well. The list of classic cocktails that are made with gin is legion, including the: martini, gibson, gimlet, tom collins, south side, last word, and of course the ubiquitous gin & tonic.

Join us as we talk with Brady Caverly, owner of the Flintridge Proper (with over 220 gins) in La Cañada-Flintridge, and John Peet, bar tender at the Proper, about the origins and historical significance of gin. With Mr. Peet in the studio, we were quite fortunate to have our own personal bartender making many of the timeless cocktails for us to sip during our conversation about this classic spirit. If you thought you already knew everything about gin, get ready to be surprised! We’ve included some delicious cocktail photos as well.

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2 Responses to “The Renaissance of Spirits – Gin”

  1. 1 Matthew Hartmann Feb 22nd, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Wonderful show. I learned a bunch of great ideas. One drink I did not hear about which is a favorite is the Negroni – I like to make them with a touch of Meyer lemon and a small pyramid of kosher salt on top of my large ice cube. I believe the added Campari and Sweet Vermouth mute the gin flavors, so perhaps the gin choice is not so critical? Another drink is the Pink Gin. I understand this is another old British military drink which is nothing more than Plymouth Gin and Angostura bitters, but I like to shake it with ice.

    Great show!

  2. 2 Brady Caverly Feb 23rd, 2014 at 8:33 pm


    Brady here from the Proper. Your Negroni variation sounds terrific – the boys behind the bar thought a gin that’s more on the lighter side like Martin Miller’s or Ford’s – both favorites of ours – would work well without fighting too much with the strong bitter and herbal notes in the Campari and vermouth.

    Pink Gin has long been one of my favorite at-home tipples. Delicious and incredibly simple. Pretty too.

    Thanks for listening. Glad you liked it.

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