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New Amsterdam Gin Review

“Before New York was New York, it was New Amsterdam. Now the essence of the city has been distilled into the classic New York spirit”. Today’s review is courtesy of New Amsterdam gin, the gin which pays homage to the 17th century Dutch settlement which we now know as New York city. Unfortunately if you live in the area or are visiting, you might have a hard time finding the distillery because it’s actually based out of Modesto, California. Being a fan of gin, and a bigger fan of experimentation/innovation I have mixed feelings about this product.

Aroma: First to hit the nose will be the hints of juniper that gins have come to be known for, however it’s quickly replaced by strong hints of citrus, very much like that of a citrus flavored vodka.

Taste: Though gin connoisseurs will probably disagree, New Amsterdam gin actually has good flavor, and comes off very smooth. It’s hint of juniper and overload of citrus makes you almost forget it’s a gin your drinking which depending on the drinker can be good or bad. If you are looking for a gin to drink straight (not many of us left out there) or to mix in a martini this might not exactly be for you. The lack of gin familiarity that comes from heavy juniper will leaving you with something to be desired. However its unique taste does match perfectly with fruit based cocktails. The buzz of this gin is growing and rightfully so but trying to compare it to a Bombay Sapphire or Hendricks would be like comparing apples to oranges. At it’s economy friendly 12-15$ range however, its perfectly acceptable for daily consumption or while rationing your more traditional gins.

Grade: B-
(Based on its overall taste and like-ability, sorry gin lovers)
Price: 12.99


2 strawberries
Sprig of basil
2 oz New Amsterdam Gin
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz agave nectar

Muddle strawberries with the basil until fully mashed, add all other ingredients, and shake with ice vigorously, strain into martini glass and garnish with half strawberry.

L.E.S. (Lower East Side)

2 1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 oz Honey
Lime Wedge

Combine all ingredients except wedge in a chilled cocktail shaker and strain into a martini or highball glass and garnish with a wedge.

Little Italy

2 oz New Amsterdan gin
1 1/2 oz limoncello
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
2 1/2 oz club soda

Combine all ingredients except the soda in a shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously and strain over an ice-filled high ball glass OR as a martini, strain into a martini glass. Add soda last as a float. Garnish with a lemon wheel or top with lemon zest.


2 1/2 oz Gin
1 tsp Sugar
1 oz Pineapple Juice
2 Slices of Watermelon (or 2 oz Watermelon Juice)
Splash of Lemon Juice

Muddle the watermelon slices and combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add plenty of ice. Shake vigorously for eight seconds. Pour contents into a highball glass and garnish with a watermelon slice.

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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Gin, Spirits


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Champagne Cocktails in time for New Years

The year is almost over, and if you’re like me you plan on spending the last few hours of the year hosting family and/or friends reminiscing on all the good and bad that happened in 2010 all while enjoying the tingly taste of your favorite bubbly. But if you’re like me, you live to be different. So this year instead of the same old boring (good but boring) champagne, impress your friends and offer up some champagne cocktails. Traditionally, the mixing of champagne with anything might be blasphemous to some, but for true cocktail lovers, combining the sparkling spirit with your choice of ingredients can create some amazing flavors.  Along with creating new flavors, additional ingredients can help create or enhance a night of romance that many envision when planning their New Years get together. Is saving more money one of your New Years resolutions? Serving Champagne cocktails can help you get a head start on that one as generally you can create these delicious concoctions with less expensive champagnes and/or sparkling wines that work just as well. With less than 24 hours until your party starts, lets stop wasting time, enjoy !

Kir Royale: (Classic)
1/2 oz Creme de Cassis

Pour in your Creme De Cassis and then add in the Champagne filling to the top

Champagne Cobbler
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp curacao
1 thin slice of orange

Fill a large goblet half full of cracked ice. Add lemon juice, curacao, and orange slice. Stir and fill glass with champagne or sparkling wine. Stir again gently.

The Green Sparkler

1/2 oz Midori

Fill glass flute with champagne, top with Midori and serve

The Magna Carta
1 1/2 oz Tequilla
1 oz Triple Sec
Lime Juice

Dip the rim of a chilled wine glass in lime juice, then salt. Pour in tequilla and Triple Sec, then fill with champagne or sparkling wine.

Midnight Kiss Cocktail
3/4 oz Vodka
Dash Blue Curacao

Rim the edge of a wine glass with white or gold sugar. Pour well-chilled vodka into the glass,and fill with champagne or sparkling wine.
Top with Blue Curacao.

Mimosa (The Morning After Cure)
1 oz Orange Juice

As simple and classic as it gets, the mimosa is delicious and can be altered to fit your taste. Try this recipe, or half and half.

Hopefully with these fun and simple cocktails you’ll be a big hit at this years end of the year bash. Don’t forget to try out “Cocktail of The Week” which is also a champagne concoction. Make sure to become a Fan on Facebook and keep yourselves updates on the latest happening and recipes here at Intoxicology101


Posted by on December 31, 2010 in Christmas, Holidays, New Year


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