Wheel House American Dry Gin: T.G.I.F. Cocktail Recipes for August 7

Gold River Distillery is a small-batch micro distillery in Northern California, just outside of Sacramento city limits.  They are the first legal distillery in Sacramento County since prohibition times.  A lot of distilleries will focus on an extensive line of spirits.  Gold River doesn't do that.  They have perfected gin and vodka, as is easy to discern, given the many awards. 

Wheel House American Dry Gin is hands-down the absolute smoothest, award-winning gin we've ever consumed.  The fact that it's 90 proof just blows us away.  The nose is complex, multi-leveled and citric.  We entertained a couple of friends and two of us mixed 70% Big Red with 30% Gin and really liked it.  There was a warm burn going down.  But, it's not bad.  This is where the gin's spicy tones manifest. 

Our second friend drank the gin neat and liked it just as much.  She filled her glass a couple of times before leaving.  This was an extemporaneous tasting party and both friends could walk home afterwards.  Hence, it was good times.  No worries.

Received:

  • (1) 750 ml Bottle of Wheel House American Dry Gin (90 Proof)

Recipes:

The Wheel House Martini

1.5 Oz Wheel House American Dry Gin
3 Oz Orange Juice
.5 Oz Sweet Vermouth
.5 Oz Grenadine shaken over ice and strained into a chilled glass
1 Orange Peel Twist

Garnish with an orange peel twist.

Wheel House Green Muse

2 Oz Wheel House American Dry Gin
1 Oz Absinthe
Dry Vermouth shaken over ice
1 Olive (Optional)
2-3 Mint Leaves (Optional)

Garnish with olive wrapped in mint leaf or just mint leaves.

Wheel House Cumber Mint Cooler

2 Oz Wheel House American Dry Gin
1 Oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1 Oz Simple Syrup
2 Slices of Cucumber
2 Mint Leaves

Muddle cucumber slices and mint leaves.  Add ingredients and shake over ice. 

Wheel House C&J Gimlet

2 Oz Wheel House American Dry Gin 
2 Oz Roses Sweetened Lime Juice (also try fresh squeezed lime juice)
.5 Oz Simple Syrup shaken over ice and strained into a chilled glass
2 Slices of Cucumber
2 Slices of Jalapeno

Garnish with muddled cucumber and jalapeno slices.

Wheel House Blackberry Fizz

2 Oz Wheel House American Dry Gin
1 Oz Crème Yvette (substitute with Crème de Violette)
1-2 Oz of Soda Water
2 Black Berries 
1 Lime Slice

Muddle the black berries and lime slice.  Add ingredients and shake over ice.  Top with soda water. 

Wheel House American Dry Gin is located at retail outlets, restaurants and bars in the California area.  This spirit can also be had online for $31.99 at BevMo!  Aaagghhhhh...

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