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Ransom Old Tom Gin

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.

Martinez Cocktail

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.

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Old Tom Gin Tasting

Started with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards, the Ransom distillery in Oregon is barely 13 years old. The name refers to the amount of money founder Tad Seestedt needed to become self-employed. Ransom’s Old Tom Gin was developed in collaboration with spirits historian and Brooklyn resident David Wondrich as an attempt to recreate a slightly sweeter, richer style of gin that was popular before prohibition. Produced in small batches by combining a malted barley spirit with corn spirits infused with botanicals, its distinctive color comes from a period of barrel aging. Intense juniper meets candied citrus, earthy cardamom, spicy coriander, and a bourbonish caramel – truly a one of a kind spirit!

On Thursday, April 15 from 6-8pm in the Brooklyn wine store, we’ll be sampling Old Tom Gin in a pre-prohibition Income Tax Cocktail. After the tasting, stop by Greenlight Books across the street. Their comedy cavalcade starts at 7:30 pm!

Income Tax Cocktail

1 1/4 oz gin
3/4 oz orange juice
1/4 oz dry vermouth
1/4 oz sweet vermouth
dash Angostura bitters

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for approximately 15 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass.

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