If you know me, then you know I like a good drink. If you don’t know me… I like a good drink. I would not say I am an alcoholic, I would say I am an aficionado. So, a while back, I had the pleasure of taking part in a tasting session for New Amsterdam Gin. Want to know what I thought of it?
I EFFING LOVED IT. Just to give you a little background. I started out as a straight vodka guy (namely Grey Goose) but as I have gotten older (yeah 32!) I have started trying other things — namely gin and scotch (more on that later). So, while I was not new to gin, there’s something different about New Amsterdam. Named for New York City’s dutch roots (hence the bottle’s skyscraper-esque design), it has a crispness that reminds you of vodka with a citrusy twist that you would more often find in gin (see, I told you I was an aficionado). It’s actually so smooth that you can drink it straight. I am not saying I did, nor am I saying that the wife and I finished a bottle in a week. I am just saying…
Anyway, it didn’t hurt that the lovely ladies from New Amsterdam brought in master mixologist Alex Ott to mix some “tasting cocktails” for my colleagues and I. They were kind enough to supply some equally “inspiring” images of my two favorites below. The first is a lime juice/ginger ale concoction known as the Soho.
The second drink was The Pearl Street (get it… all the drinks are named after New York City landmarks). A combination of New Amsterdam, liquified honey and sweet and sour mix, it’s a great summer drink.
For more information on New Amsterdam (like where to buy a case and send it to a friend as a belated birthday gift), click here.