The New Favorite Gin

At the risk of offending anyone about what they drink, life is simply too short to drink cheap liquor.

Hendricks Gin and Tonic with Key LimeI’ve never liked gin. And tonic water is just nasty. But I discovered long ago that something magical happens when you mix the two and add just the right squeeze of lime.

At some point I learned that Beefeater and the like belong only in the well of a cozy dive bar.

Tanqueray became the gin of choice. Then Christopher turned me on to Bombay and I never looked back. Thanks to the liquor guy at Wilbur’s, Hendricks is now the top shelf gin of choice. And with its sturdy compact bottle, it travels well too!

Debating over the cost of Sapphire at Wilbur’s one day, a clerk noticed us spying the unique Hendricks bottle. He explained the new microdistillery craze and described how Hendricks is handcrafted in small batches, goes down smooth with much less botanical complexity and is great with key limes, or cucumber. How could we resist?

I gave the cucumber a try, but as refreshing as it was, I’ll have to pass. The key limes, however – with Hendricks and brand name tonic over ice – redefine freshness, and they take up less room too! Go ahead, call me a mixer snob too. But it’s true, generic tonic water simply does not do good gin justice.

“Small Batch” distillation typically yields 1,000 or fewer liters. Hendricks is distilled with two distinct spirits in 450 litre batches and infused with rose and cucumber.

What’s your favorite RVer cocktail? Republic Texas Tea perhaps? Or maybe a Nü Hawaiian? When we hit the road we usually limit the cabinet to one concoction at a time. This season, Hendricks should fit nicely under the couch. And it’s best we do not leave the tonic at home!

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6 Responses to “The New Favorite Gin”

  1. I’ll put this gin on my todo list. 🙂 My favorite drink right now is a Moscow Mule. Vodka + Ginger beer = Tasty! Like my location, my favorite drink changes often! 😀

  2. Great gin and your in good company, apparently the Queen likes Hendricks. Not sure if you can get it in your part of the world but the best tonic with Hendricks and Bombay Blue is Nordic Mist. Schweppes is Ok BUT the Mist makes it even snappier (if such a word exists). Yes, we love a good G&T with lime too. So much so my freelance company, Green Island Navionics abbreviates to G.I.N……and you thought we’re called limey’s for a different reason

  3. YES!!! Love this stuff.

    Best. Gin. EVAR!

  4. Being a long time Crown Royal (over a few ice cubes), I fully understand your discriminating tastes.

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