BvsB 10: Caskwerks Gin vs. OHSO #Gin – Gimlet

If the martini is the true test of a juniper-forward gin, the gimlet is the gauntlet for the lighter stuff (apologies to the gin and tonic). It’s a simple drink: gin, lime, simple syrup (I guess the original gimlet called for Rose’s lime juice, but the stuff that comes to America is basically HFCS and artificial preservatives… I’ll make my own, thankyouverymuch), and it’s oh-so refreshing. And unlike the daiquiri, which is the exact same drink with rum instead of gin, you won’t get looks from the spring-break crowd when ordering one.… Read More BvsB 10: Caskwerks Gin vs. OHSO #Gin – Gimlet

BvsB 9: Caskwerks Gin vs. Bombay Sapphire – Negroni

The Negroni is an interesting drink. In a perfect world, it’s a delicious marriage of bitter and sweet. But Campari has a flavor that takes no prisoners and sweet vermouth can be an acquired taste. Are Negronis for everyone? Probably not. Are they for me, though? Everything’s for me! I’ve never met a flavor I couldn’t be friends with.… Read More BvsB 9: Caskwerks Gin vs. Bombay Sapphire – Negroni

BvsB 6: Tito’s Handmade Vodka vs. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka – White Russian

My in-laws had us over for New Year’s this year for the full feast: a huge roast, veggies, mashed potatoes, dessert; the works. But for the past seven-or-so years they’ve mayyybe had a combined five full drinks, so my assumption was that this would be a fairly dry affair. (And that’s totally fine. It’s not like I *have* to drink; especially now that I have an eight-month-old baby and could use the sleep.) But this year, my father-in-law, Gary, said (via text to my wife), “let’s make White Russians!”… Read More BvsB 6: Tito’s Handmade Vodka vs. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka – White Russian