A bottle of Boodles British Gin on the back bar is the unmistakable sign you're frequenting an establishment that takes their gin-based cocktails and mixed drinks seriously. Created in 1847, the brand is named after London's most famous men's club, the Boodles Club. Famous members of Boodle's gentleman?s club included former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and James Bond author Ian Fleming, which of course makes Boodles an obvious choice for a Vesper. Churchill also enjoyed gin however and Boodles may have been his favorite brand. The famed London dry gin is made by Chivas Brothers at the renowned Strathisla Distillery, Scotland's oldest continuously operating distiller. The brand is the only London dry gin made in a vacuum still, which functions under extreme pressure allowing the alcohol to evaporate at a lower temperature. As a result, the gin retains more of its botanicals' crisp flavors. The recipe of aromatics and botanicals includes coriander, sage, cassia bark, nutmeg, rosemary, caraway, angelica root and juniper berries. Boodles is bottled at the traditional 90.4 proof. Boodles is worth its weight both in British Sterling and American dollars, a classic London dry gin with a well-earned cachet for quality, vibrant personality and a flair for drink-making. THE VESPER Adapted from seriouseats.com 3 ounces Boodles London dry gin 1 ounce vodka 1/2 ounce Lillet or Cocchi Aperitivo Americano wide strip of lemon zest, for garnish Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until chilled, about 20 seconds, and strain into chilled cocktail glass. (Or if you want to go the full Bond route, use a cocktail shaker, shaking with ice for about 10 seconds -- it'll make a more bubbly, cloudy drink). Squeeze a wide strip of lemon zest over the drink and use as garnish. Tasting Note: Few London dry gins can compare to Boodles broad, extremely well balanced palate. Up front there are enticing flavors of rosemary, coriander, spearmint and lemon and orange zest. The oily texture, medium bodied mid-palate brings out flavors of juniper, citrus and sweet spices. The finish is clean, crisp and elegantly dry. A stellar product ? this gin can do it all!
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