December 22, 2010

Yet Another PRS Unsolicited, Unpaid Endorsement.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:29 pm

Yo, Jimbo. Another farookin’ endorsement? WTF? Unpaid? I’ll bet you’re getting checks in the mail or free stuff from these companies.

Ha! If I thought I could make some serious money or get free stuff by endorsing stuff, this site would be a constant infomercial. Truth is that I know that Peeps stop by here for scatological, snotty attempts at political humor and other nonsense a reasoned and careful examination of the American sociopolitical milieu.

As such, I think it is important that I discuss gin.

It seems to me that gin has fallen out of favor, but there are few things better than a proper martini. I’m talking about a drink that contains nothing more than a hint of vermouth and gin (and a twist of lemon peel or an olive or two). The colorful displays that are served in bars these days and referred to as “martinis” are often excellent, but simply pouring something into a martini glass does not make it a martini.

My gin of choice has been Bombay Sapphire, which is truly excellent. However; I was recently gifted with a bottle of Hendrick’s Gin, and it is quite something. It is manufactured in very small batches (450 liters) in a distillery in Scotland. Like all gins, it is flavored with various botanicals, but unlike other gins, Hendrick’s Gin is also infused with rose petals and cucumber. Sounds a little nuts, I know, but it makes an exquisite martini. Although it packs an 88 proof wallop, it’s as smooth as silk.

I figure that if you’re not a martini person, Hendrick’s might not be worth the extra money, but if you know and love an excellent martini, I’d say go for it.

P.S. When I’m out, I order martinis with olives, but at home I use Tomolives. Give them a try.

P.P.S. Note to the Hendrick’s Gin Peeps: If you’d like to drop a case off at the House by the Parkway (South), that would be cool. I’d gladly pay you Tuesday.


  1. Bombay Sapphire is very tasty indeed, but I’m not gonna waste it on a gin & tonic, which is one of my favorite summertime tipples. A couple of fingers of Gordon’s works just fine for those. That big blast of quinine tends to drown out any subtleties of gin!!

    Comment by El Capitan — December 22, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

  2. As you may recall Jim I am well-stocked with Hendricks.


    Indeed I do recall. You are a man with excellent taste. In fact, that was the first time I’d seen it. Unfortunately, that night I had to stick to milder stuff knowing that I would have to negotiate the Garden State Parkway.


    Comment by Mr. Bingley — December 22, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

  3. Whilst in country we were encouraged to drink quinine water to ward of the evil malaria. I had to cut the quinine water with gin, and I guess it worked as I did not meet Mr.Malaria. Although I did meet some interesting creatures the morning after drinking up a week’s ration of “cut” quinine water.

    Comment by Bill in Austin — December 22, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

  4. “ward OFF” (residual effects of all that G&T I guess.)

    Comment by Bill in Austin — December 22, 2010 @ 11:49 pm

  5. I wouldn’t call that chocolate vodka “milder stuff”! 🙂

    Comment by Mr. Bingley — December 23, 2010 @ 7:49 am

  6. I took a peek at the Tomolives site, and nearly pooped a kitten when I saw the price.
    Then I realized I was looking at “per case”, not single item. Gah. I wonder if they have them here? Hope so.
    I also hope you and those you love have an excellent Christmas on the Parkway.

    Comment by LeeAnn — December 23, 2010 @ 9:02 am

  7. … I’m a huge fan of Hendricks, sir…. I actually turned Elisson on to it a few years ago….. I love the little tag on the bottle that says, “preferred by 1 in 1000 gin drinkers”….

    Comment by Eric — December 23, 2010 @ 9:20 am

  8. All gins taste like pine needles

    Comment by Catfish — December 23, 2010 @ 11:58 am

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