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Spring Gin Cocktails from Martin Miller's Gin

Martin Miller's Gin is a premium spirit distilled in England with pure Icelandic water. Since 1999 this spirit has won several awards, including Gold in two categories at the 2013 Word Spirit Awards, The Gin Masters Gold and Master in 2013, and two Silvers at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge.

Brannon's NYC Mixologist Michael Manjon's Basil B. Bennett is a refreshing basil and lime gin cocktail that's perfect for spring.
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Brannon's NYC Mixologist Michael Manjon's Basil B. Bennett is a refreshing basil and lime gin cocktail that's perfect for spring.
Martin Miller's Gin

Are you a gin drinker? What's your favorite way to drink it? For non-gin fans, a Gin and Tonic or classic martini is what comes to mind when gin is mentioned. The craft gin movement highlights the beauty and flavors of this spirit in a way that might bring a few new fans to the table. In Charleston, The Gin Joint is the place to go for the ultimate gin experience. (Note: Sadly, there are very limited vegetarian or vegan snack options.)

But once at home, how do you create an ultimate experience? To celebrate classic spring weather, the folks at Martin Miller's Gin asked top New York bartenders to develop the perfect gin cocktail. This trio of recipes is perfect for sipping on the porch on a Charleston evening. Add a selection of vegan and vegetarian snacks and make it a party.

Enzo Cangemi, Bar Director and Mixologist of Ovest Pizzoteca and Bar, gives us a refreshing cocktail with red pepper, lemon, and ginger.

Red Riding Hood

* 5-6 chunks red bell pepper
* 2 bar spoons ginger marmalade
* 1/2 ounce lemon juice
* 1/2 ounce Combier pomplemousse rose
* 2 ounces of Martin Miller's Gin

Directions:

1. Muddle the red bell pepper with the lemon juice and ginger marmalade.

2. Add the Martin Miller's Gin and pomplemousse rose and shake with ice.

3. Double strain into a coupe.

4. Garnish with a slice of bell pepper.

If something spicy is your idea of a perfect sipper, then Miller's Crossing is for you. This one comes from the team at Hundred Acres.

Miller's Crossing

* 2 1/2 ounces Martin Miller's Gin
* 2 basil leaves
* 1 slice jalapeno
* 1 ounce simple syrup
* 1/4 ounce lime juice

Directions:

1. Lightly muddle the basil, jalapeno and simple syrup.

2. Add the gin and ice a stir thoroughly.

3. Strain and serve in a Martini glass.

4. Garnish with a slice of jalapeno.

Brannon's NYC Mixologist Michael Manjon created my favorite of the three with this basil and lime creation. The syrup would make an interesting addition to a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade.

Basil B. Bennett

* 2 ounces Martin Miller's Gin
* 3/4 ounce Mike Manjon's basil syrup (recipe follows)
* 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
* 3 dashes Bitterman's Celery Shrub Bitters

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, strain and serve up in a Martini glass.

2. Garnish with micro-basil.

Ingredients for Mike Manjon's basil syrup:

* 4 cups of basil
* 3 cups of water
* 2 cups of sugar

Directions for syrup prep:

1. Add the basil to the water and boil at medium heat until the liquid is reduced to two cups.

2. Strain out the leaves and mix the basil water with two cups of sugar.

3. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

4. Allow the mixture time to chill and store in refrigerator.

Martin Miller's Gin is a premium spirit distilled in England with pure Icelandic water. Since 1999 this spirit has won several awards, including Gold in two categories at the 2013 Word Spirit Awards, The Gin Masters Gold and Master in 2013, and two Silvers at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge.

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