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I like Bombay Sapphire and New Amsterdam...but I'm not much of a expert.
Gin has been my drink of choice since I was legal to drink, lo those 40 years ago. I drink vodka, scotch, rye, and recently began trying bourbons but gin is my choice over all of them.
My brand preferences:
1. Bombay Sapphire
Hendricks is in a class all it's own. It is... different. Not a bad taste, just different. Haven't tried it in a martini, but it makes a decent G&T.
And speaking of tonic water, my personal favorite is Schweppes, preferably in the small glass bottles. Under no circumstances use diet tonic water.
I've tried martinis made all the way from 3:1 gin-to-vermouth ratio to 7:1. I find I prefer a dryer martini, but a martini must absolutely have some vermouth. To quote a poster from another board: if it doesn't have vermouth it's straight gin and that's what drunks drink. I find the best balance when I put a generous amount of cracked ice in a shaker, pour in 3/4 to 1 ounce of dry vermouth (usually Martini & Rossi) and then quickly strain it out. Dump in 3 ounces of Bombay Sapphire and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass and drop in your choice of garnish. A "Martini" will use either olives or a twist of lemon. If you use cocktail onions it becomes a "Gibson".
A true martini will have gin in it. A martini made with vodka is not "a martini" but a "vodka martini". You MUST use the word vodka in the title. There is no other.
I have to agree with all of the votes for Hendricks. In my opinion it is the best gin going. Bluecoat gin is pretty darn good, if you can find it.
as an avid gin drinker and also a bartender working in a place that sells more gin than any other product id like to pass on something i feel is missed out of making a good gin drink, put the ice in before the gin,if you put it in afterwards it bruises the botanicals and makes it taste funny which is why 9 times out of ten a martini stirred over ice will taste better than a martini which is shaken.
also for an unusual treat of a gin try The Botanist it is made by the Bruichladdich distillery based in Islay who are more of a malt whisky producer however its a fantastic gin (and the bottle looks pretty awesome as well
Definitely Bombay Sapphire for me.
In my college years we would have martini nights once a month, and of the half dozen or so I tried (Tanqueray, Beefeater, Quintessential, and a few others), the Sapphire was always the best.
The only way is to *walk* to a bar with a decent array and work your way through what they have. If you don't find what you want, try another bar. Repeat until you do. Write the name on your cuff. Take a taxi home and go to the offy tomorrow.
Plymouth, and Bombay are my mainstays. Both are martini friendly.
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1. Tanqueray 10
2. Bombay Saphire
4. Don't know yet, still looking for others I particularly like!
I was going to mention the gibson myself, Moondancer, but I see you beat me to it. That's the preferred drink of the guy who introduced me to gin and I tried it both ways (martini and gibson). I found that I prefer the gibson myself. A better flavor to it that doesn't detract from the gin goodness as much as an olive.
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