Ransom Old Tom Gin might be the most unique gin we’ve seen in a long time. An historic tipple, Old Tom is a sweeter style of gin that was popular in England in the 18th Century. Out of production for a long time, the style was revived by Tad Seedstedt of Oregon’s Ransom Spirits and Ransom Wine Company and is a crucial ingredient in a Martinez cocktail (recipe below).
This gin was chosen as a unique liquor to give for Valentine’s Day by NY Magazine’s Shop-A-Matic.
2 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz Old Tom gin
1 bar-spoon Maraschino
1 dash aromatic bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice and strain in to a cocktail glass. Garnish with a quartered slice of lemon.