If you are experiencing inner turmoil regarding choice of libation on a hot summer’s evening…
…rest assured, convincing your mind of the choice to go clear is far from glib.
Matured spirits like whisk(e)y, aged rums, brandy, and Añejo tequila all have their time and place (all the time, everywhere). However, there are some occasions when the mood begs for something lively, invigorating, and refreshing. Floral and herbaceous gins, crisp and clean vodkas, versatile unaged-brandies, fresh sugar cane distillates, and endorphin-inducing agave, all fit the bill for a spirit selection that can provide a fortifying reprieve from June gloom.
A tall glass of gin and tonic is a ubiquitous warm weather patio sipper for good reason. One gin du jour suggestion to pair with a nice tonic for the coming months is the D. George Benham’s Sonoma Dry Gin from Graton Distillery in Northern California. At the Graton, they use 12 vapor-infused botanicals to craft a gin that is balanced, bright, and revitalizing. Local hand-peeled lemons and Buddha’s hand impart bracing citrus notes, while cardamom, galangal and star anise provide a nuanced backbone of spice, while soothing mint and chamomile serve as vehicles to carry therapeutic Tuscan juniper through the finish. Top this base spirit off with good ice, a bubbly Fentiman’s tonic, and a lemon twist, finished with a comfortable seat in the shade to fill a prescription for a relaxing time in the Summer of George!