Drunk of Drugged: Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

Drunk or Drugged? Spotting the Symptoms to Watch For

Editor’s Note: This article contains material that may make survivors of drug-facilitated crimes feel uncomfortable or trigger flashbacks of their situation. Reader discretion is advised.

When you’re out drinking with friends and having a wonderful time, it’s easy to have a few too many. Often, you only realize this after you feel the influence alcohol is having on your body.

But what happens when you feel more than drunk? How can you tell if you think you’ve been drugged? Knowing the warning signs is the first step in helping yourself or someone else who has been drugged.

Take a look at this image. It’s just a cozy couple at a bar celebrating something, right? We see this all the time when we go out, and it’s not a situation we would think twice about.

Drunk vs. Drugged: Do You Know How to Tell the Difference?

Now, take a closer look at the picture above. Do you spot what’s wrong? If you missed the capsule in his hand, we don’t blame you. A predator will do whatever they can to distract you from the danger of your situation.

Drunk or Drugged: Do You Know How to Tell the Difference?

Alcohol and date rape drugs cause many of the same effects on the body, as both cause mental and physical impairment. The main difference is how severe the impairment is on one’s body.

Drunk or Drugged: Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

While alcohol can severely affect someone, it often takes numerous drinks before that occurs. Drugs, on the other hand, can start affecting someone in a few minutes (depending on the type).

One of the major signs that you have been drugged is if you haven’t had alcohol but feel drunk or if you have been drinking but the impact of alcohol feels extremely strong.

Date rape drugs are very potent and they take effect very quickly. Moreover, when the drugs are mixed with alcohol, they have an even stronger effect.

Spotting the Symptoms of Date Rape Drugs

In the unfortunate chance that you or a friend falls victim to being drugged, it is extremely helpful to be able to spot the symptoms to be able to identify the situation before any harm occurs. If you ever feel that something is not right with your body, make someone aware.

For a more in-depth description of the common date rape substances, the graphic below provides descriptions and symptoms.

Drunk or Drugged: Symptom Chart

If you suspect that you or one of your friends has been drugged, get to a hospital immediately as it is always better to be safe than sorry (cliché but true). And remember, always practice safe drinking habits as a preventative measure.

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Nothing beats the perfect Margarita for National Margarita day! These 5 margarita recipes are some of our absolute favorites that you will enjoy too!

5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

Grab the lime and the Salt!

Nothing beats a perfect Margarita on National Margarita day. These 5 margarita recipes are some of our absolute favorites that you will enjoy too!

Nothing beats the perfect Margarita for National Margarita day! These 5 margarita recipes are some of our absolute favorites that you will enjoy too!

February 22nd is National Margarita Day, so what better way to celebrate than with these 5 best margarita recipes?! Whether you like them frozen or on the rocks, these margarita recipes are sure to brighten your day!

 

Blood Orange Margarita

Top 5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

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This Blood Orange Margarita gives the classic margarita a run for its money. With Blood Orange San Pellegrino, Blanco Tequila, and Grand Marnier, this cocktail ain’t your typical margarita. And we like it that way!

 

Coconut Creamsicle Margarita

Top 5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

Image / Recipe from // How Sweet Eats

What happens when you mix Grand Marnier, coconut water, silver tequila, and coconut milk? Margarita perfection! This Coconut Creamsicle Margarita has a hint of orange flavor that blends deliciously with coconut, leaving you coming back for more.

 

Frozen Mango Margarita

Top 5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

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Mango is a classic flavor for frozen margaritas. And with good reason: They’re the perfect fruit to blend with tequila! Use fresh or frozen mango if you want to cut back on the sugar. It’s definitely a must try frozen margarita recipe.

 

Grapefruit Margarita

Top 5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

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Now this is one top shelf margarita! Made with Red Grapefruit Vodka, Blanco Tequila, and a mixture of lime and grapefruit juices, this super delicious margarita recipe is sure to please. Throw it in the blender with some ice for a frozen treat.

 

Fresh Cherry Amaretto Margarita

Top 5 Best Margarita Recipes for Margarita Day

Image / Recipe from // Yes to Yolks

Cherry and Amaretto go together like weekends and margaritas. The mixture of juices and liqueurs makes this margarita as beautiful looking as it is tasty. These Cherry Amaretto margaritas are perfect for celebrating anything, including Margarita Day!

 

When in Doubt try The Classic Lime Margarita

Enjoy the classics! Try this easy classic lime margarita recipe.

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Cause you can’t go wrong with the classics! We serve this classic lime margarita recipe up frozen and on the rocks. No matter how you drink it, Happy National Margarita Day!

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Ultimate Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

Gin and Citrus make a great couple

This refreshing citrus cocktail is a delicious spin to your everyday Gin & Tonic.

This refreshing citrus cocktail is a delicious spin to your everyday Gin & Tonic

If you haven’t discovered by now, I am slowly becoming a fan of Gin. The last few gin cocktails we’ve covered took me by surprise. They can be quite delicious, and this Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic recipe is a contender.

Gin and Tonics are some of the easiest cocktails you can make. But they can also get a little bland after a while – unless you are willing to experiment.

I first came across the Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic from a recipe on Parsnip and Pastries. Their recipe uses Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade, which is loaded with extra sugar that can cause a nasty hangover. For our take on this cocktail, we used a slightly different blend of fresh citrus juices to cut out the added sugar, and paired it with a London Dry Gin and fresh rosemary.

I like my gin and tonics made with London Dry Gin. It’s one of the most popular types of gin around, and it’s not very sweet. That allows the sugar from the citrus juices of our Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic to be the star player of this cocktail. Beefeater is a great option if you are new to London Dry gins. I also find it blends well with tonic water, such as Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water.

Rosemary and citrus are a refreshing combination of flavors. They give this cocktail a bright taste, which is perfect for this time of year.

Our Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic uses a blend of lemon, white grapefruit, orange, and clementine juices that we muddle with rosemary. We get a box of fresh oranges and grapefruits sent to my house every year by a family friend that lives in Florida. We’d never be able to eat all of them if we tried, so we save a couple large ones just for juicing which works perfectly with this cocktail.

So when I say fresh squeezed ingredients, I really mean it.

This is how you make a Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic!

Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces London Dry Gin
  • 3 Ounces Tonic Water
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh White Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Large Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • Halved Clementine
  • Sprig of Rosemary for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic: Muddle halved clementine with a large sprig of rosemary in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Next, add in the gin, citrus juices, and ice. Shake together vigorously until chilled. Strain into cocktail glasses and top with tonic water. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 130 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 7

Enjoy the refreshing citrus taste of this Ultimate Rosemary Citrus Gin & Tonic

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Japanese Whiskey Takes Market By Storm

The New Wave of Whiskey: Japanese Whiskey Takes Market By Storm

The world of whiskey is getting wider

Some of the world’s best whiskeys are made in…Japan? The Land of the Rising Sun is becoming a big player on the World Stage of Whiskey.

Japanese Distillers Take Whiskey Market By Storm

Image from Sydney Bar Week // The Land of the Rising Sun is becoming a big player on the World Stage of Whiskey.

Japan. Home of beautiful sights, awe-inspiring history & culture, and award winning whiskey tradition. You read that right. Japan is becoming a big player on the world stage of Whiskey.

Japanese Whiskey has been growing in popularity in the U.S. over the last few years, and we can see why. Americans love whiskey! Our thirst for bourbon and whiskey is a powerful one, and it is also an expensive one.

Prices for Japanese whiskey run the gamut from anywhere around $20 bucks a bottle to close to a couple grand. A bottle of 1960 Karuizawa whiskey sold at a Hong Kong auction for $118,500 last August.

Don’t let the sticker shock completely turn you off to the idea of trying Japanese Whiskey. There are plenty of fantastic Japanese Whiskey options that you can get in the U.S. for less than $100 a bottle. Here are some great Japanese Whiskies you can get without breaking the bank.

 

Suntory Whisky Toki (~$30)

The New Wave of Whiskey

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If you want to jump into the world of Japanese whiskey without taking a chunk out of your wallet, Suntory Whisky Toki is a great start. This whiskey is 1) widely available state side and 2) under $40 depending on where you live (We can get it here in NC for $30 plus tax). This light golden whiskey is subtly sweet with a spicy finish, and has notes of honey and vanilla. Suntory Whisky Toki can be enjoyed neat or try it in a cocktail like a Highball or Whiskey Sour.

 

Hibiki Japanese Harmony (~$65)

The New Wave of Whiskey

Image from // Suntory

Like single malts? Give Hibiki Japanese Harmony a try! The Hibiki is a light, young, blended whiskey that is aged in Mizunara Japanese oak casks. It is easy to drink and has a subtle spiciness of cinnamon and clove. The sweetness of this whiskey makes it a little more approachable for new Whiskey drinkers, but it could be a little too sweet for some folks. It is definitely a decent introduction to the Hibiki blends.

 

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt (~$70)

The New Wave of Whiskey

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Matured in sherry wood you say? Sign us up. The Taketsuru Pure Malt is a blended malt whiskey that is aged about 10 years to give it a smooth, rich, and clean mouthfeel. The whiskey has just the right amount of sweetness from Sherried fruit, but not a lot of smokiness. It has a fruity richness that lingers in your mouth with a slight touch of Espresso flavor. This is one of our favorite whiskies to splurge on so far.

 

Suntory Hakushu 12 years old (~$85)

The New Wave of Whiskey

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Fans of smoky whiskey, I think you might find Hakushu 12 years old to your liking. They call Hakushu a “green and fresh” whiskey, and it is very much a spot-on description. This whiskey has a pleasing aroma that is reminiscent of the forests of its birthplace. It has more of an herbal palate with just a touch of fruitiness, and it has that smoke you expect from a good whiskey. The Hakushu 12 year is one of the best Japanese Whiskies you can get under $100. Be prepared to fall in love with this whiskey.

 

Yamazaki 12 years old(~$85)

The New Wave of Whiskey

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Yamazaki is the number 1 single malt whiskey in Japan for good reason! This whiskey gets a lot of its character from the use of vanilla, citrus fruits, and Mizunara oak. Yamazaki 12 year is a light bodied whiskey that is comparable to a fruitier Highland whiskey. It is worth a taste if you can find it near you.

 

 

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This raspberry cocktail is sure to put some blush on your cheeks

Making a Raspberry Blush Cocktail

Muzzy van Hossmere Would Approve

This raspberry cocktail is sure to put some blush back on your cheeks. The Raspberry Blush cocktail blends gin, raspberry cordial, and fruit juices into a gin cocktail experience you won’t forget.

Raspberries! If you don’t hear Carol Channing’s voice in your head when you hear that word, you just aren’t saying it right.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been trying all kinds of cocktail recipes that embody that Valentine’s spirit. This Raspberry Blush cocktail is one of those fancy finds.

While vodka is one of the biggest spirits featured in many Valentine’s Day cocktails, we are breaking away from convention by going with gin. For the Raspberry Blush cocktail, you will need a New-Wave Gin, like Hendricks or Martin Miller’s, to accentuate the fruity flavors that make up this scrumptious cocktail.

Diana from Anne of Green Gables was right when she said, “I didn’t know raspberry cordial was so nice.” Neither did I, and it’s also easy to make. All you need are raspberries, lime juice, sugar, and water. Check out this raspberry cordial recipe from Kate MacDonald’s Anne of Green Gables cookbook.

I know sugar or salt rims can be a bit messy and are associated with “girly” drinks, but they really add something to the cocktail’s presentation. Red, pink, white, or a mix of the three would make great choices for giving this cocktail a Valentine’s touch.

The Raspberry Blush is bursting with flavor. The raspberry, lime, and lychee create an exotic taste that will have your mouth falling in love. Pair it with a cucumber gin like Hendrick’s, and you’ve got yourself one damn good cocktail!

This is how you make a Raspberry Blush Cocktail!

Raspberry Blush

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Raspberry Cordial
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2½ Ounces Lychee Juice
  • Raspberries for Garnish
  • Color Sugar for Rims [Optional]
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with superfine sugar, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Shake off excess and set aside in the fridge to chill.

Raspberry Blush: Add gin, raspberry cordial, lime juice and Lychee juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until chilled. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with chilled or frozen raspberries. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 210 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 15 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

This raspberry cocktail is sure to put some blush back on your cheeks

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The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Style cocktail

The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Era Cocktail

It’s a speakeasy favorite cocktail

Simple. Elegant. Delicious. Three words that pretty much sum up this fantastic, simple Prohibition Era Sidecar cocktail recipe.

Prohibition Era Classic Sidecar Recipe

Classic and simple. That’s how we describe the Sidecar cocktail. With only three ingredients and a sweet garnish, it’s not surprising that this classic cocktail was a speakeasy favorite.

The Sidecar is one of the most iconic cocktails of the Prohibition era, and is probably one of the most simple. It didn’t require any fancy ingredients that were hard to find or acquire; all it needed was Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice. The cocktail was strong, simple, and delicious, and we can continue to sip on them today.

If you are new to the world of Cognac cocktails here’s a bit of a heads up: Cognac has a very strong taste. It’s a liquor you are meant to sip, not shoot back, and the good stuff comes with a price tag.

Cognac can easily overpower [and overwhelm] a cocktail if done incorrectly, but this Sidecar recipe gets the blend just right. The citrus of Cointreau and fresh lemon juice help to mellow out the strong alcohol taste of the Cognac. The sugar on the rim is also an added bonus.

With a cocktail this elegant looking, it’s important to keep your glassware in mind. For the Sidecar cocktail, most bartenders will use either a coupe or cocktail glass. I have a preference using the coupe, because I love its shape and sophistication, but a sugar rimmed cocktail glass is always a classic option.

This is how you make this classic Sidecar cocktail!

 

Sidecar Cocktail

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Cognac
  • 1 Ounce Cointreau
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Sugar Rim for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Small Plate

 

Preparation

Sugar Rims: Fill a small plate with superfine sugar, making sure the sugar on the plate is thick enough to cover the rim of your glass. Run a lemon or lime wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the sugar to evenly coat. Shake off excess and set aside.

Sidecar Cocktail: Add Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled, about 20 to 30 seconds. Then, strain into a chilled sugar rimmed coupe or cocktail glass. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 282 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 29.8 Carbohydrates (g) 4.1 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.4 Total Sugars (g) 2.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

The Sidecar: A Classic Prohibition Style cocktail

 
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Top 5 Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Cocktails and Valentines: Top 5 cocktails to share on Valentine’s Day

A cocktail for two sounds delightful

Looking for the best cocktails to share on Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Check out our top 5 favorite elegant cocktail recipes that are perfect for Valentine’s day.

Cocktails and Valentines: Our top 5 cocktails to share on Valentine's Day

 

Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Get ready to pucker up for this one! The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka. These ingredients combine to create the perfect balance of flavors. Don’t worry if you’re flying solo on Valentine’s Day! This cocktail will provide you with a smooth kiss and complex flavors to keep you sipping away.

 

Touch of Venus

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Stephen Phillips – HGTV

It’s the elixir of the Goddess of Love! The Touch of Venus rebels against the idea that a Valentine’s day cocktail needs to be pink or red to convey passion. Enjoy the sweet citrus caress of this Italian love potion.

 

Sweet Love’n Martini

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

The Sweet Love’n Martini is a delicious cocktail recipe that will complement any romantic evening with your Valentine. If you’re craving something as sweet as your love, give this fruity martini a try!

 

Love Potion No. 9 Martini

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

Image / Recipe from // The Cookie Rookie

This cocktail is sure to put a spell on you. Between the pomegranate, strawberry, and black raspberry flavors in this concoction, you’ll be in heaven! So take a sip of this potion, it’s bound to make you fall berry in love!

 

Cherry Bourbon Smash

Top Cocktails to Share on Valentine's Day

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This Cheery Bourbon Smash is a Valentine’s Day cocktail option that isn’t so lovey-dovey. With tart cherry juice and smooth bourbon, this cocktail is one for you adventurous types looking to experiment with something new.

 

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Cherry Bourbon Smash

Bourbon and Cherry make a lovely couple

This take on the Cherry Whiskey Smash blends sweet and tart flavors to create one delicious cocktail.

Bourbon and cherry make a lovely couple in this Cherry Bourbon Smash recipe.

Don’t you just love to experiment with cocktail recipes? We sure do! And when given a delicious bit of inspiration, like the Cherry Whiskey Smash by Jessica from How Sweet It Is, we end up with gems like our Cherry Bourbon Smash.

Now before we go any further, I say try the original before trying our variation on the recipe. You might find you like the Whiskey version better than the Bourbon version, and that is perfectly fine. If you are on the bourbon train like me, let’s get into it.

I’ve been on a bit of a Jim Beam kick recently. It could be because I’ve been enjoying some hot toddies this winter, and Jim works really well with this new tea I bought at Teavana. When I came across the Cherry Whiskey Smash recipe, I thought it might taste good with Jim instead of Jack.

Cherry cocktails sometimes taste like cough syrup to me, which is why I suggest tart cherry juice instead of the sweet variety. It will help balance out the sweetness of the Amaretto and Cherry Coke.

If you’re not a Jim fan, I won’t hold it against you. Everyone’s tastes are different. This is a recipe I would use this recipe when you have cheap bourbon that you want to doctor up the taste. I also consider it a Valentine’s day cocktail option that isn’t so frilly.

Check out this Cherry Bourbon Smash recipe!

Cherry Bourbon Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Tart Cherry Juice
  • ½ Ounce Amaretto
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Brandy
  • 2 Ounces Cherry Coke
  • Maraschino Cherries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

Preparation

Cherry Bourbon Smash: Add bourbon, cherry juice, amaretto and brandy to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until chilled. Pour over ice in a rocks glass, and top with cherry coke. Stir together to combine. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 180 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 10 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

This take on the Cherry Whiskey Smash blends sweet and tart flavors to create one delicious cocktail.

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The Future of Gin is Safe: Seed Bank to Conserve Juniper

Plant conservationists add juniper to the Millennium Seed Bank

The future of Gin is safe thanks to conservation work being done by the UK National Tree Seed Project.

The Future of Gin is safe thanks to Juniper conservation

In a world faced with climate changes and disease, the survival of some of our favorite plants used in alcohol production are at risk. But thanks to the work of the plant conservationists at the UK National Tree Seed Project, we won’t have to worry about the future of Gin.

The UK National Tree Seed Project announced that it has collected and preserved the seeds of juniper plants from across the UK. These seeds will be stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, the world’s largest global plant life preservation complex, located in Wakehurst, Sussex.

The Millennium Seed Bank aims to protect plants to prevent their extinction when their native habitats are at risk. In the case of juniper, a deadly fungus, called phytophthora austrocedri, has been damaging the juniper plants in various parts of Scotland.

Juniper is one of the main ingredients of gin, which has been growing in popularity over the last decade. While gins like New Wave gins put less emphasis on juniper and more on other botanical flavors, the spirit must contain juniper in order to be considered a gin.

Although juniper is not currently under threat of extinction, Project Officer, Simon Kallow, called the project’s measure to preserve juniper seeds as “a type of insurance policy”, which would also enable people to conduct research and conservation work related to juniper.

If kept under the proper conditions, seeds can be kept alive for hundreds of years. Since it began in 2013, the project has preserved 5.8 million seeds from 6,500 trees in the UK. The group plans to continue collecting and preserving the seeds until 2018.

So gin lovers, raise a glass knowing your favorite spirit can be enjoyed for years to come thanks to the UK National Tree Seed Project.

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Crafting the Perfect Classic Gimlet

Just what the doctor ordered

From scurvy-fighting, to Pinterest worthy, this Gimlet, made with Hendricks gin and homemade lime cordial, is a simple cocktail enjoyed by gin lovers everywhere!

This classic Gimlet recipe is just what the doctor ordered

This Gin cocktail has a fascinating story that takes us back to the high seas. The Gimlet was originally invented to battle scurvy. In the 1860’s, Mr. Lauchlin Rose created a lime juice based cordial for sailors to take on long voyages. Sailors, being sailors, began to add liquors such as Gin, Rum, and Whiskey to the cordial and the Gimlet, as we know it, was born.

Lime cordial is a simple combination of lime juice and simple syrup. This mixer can be enjoyed in cocktails or over ice with club soda. You could substitute the lime cordial for 1 ounce of Rose’s Lime Juice, but if you have sulfite allergies I’d stick to homemade, as Rose’s contains sodium metabisulfite.

When crafting the perfect Gimlet, one must pay attention to the type of gin used. Many traditional Gimlet recipes are made with Navy Strength English [either London or Plymouth] gin. Navy Strength gin is 57 percent alcohol, so it can pack a punch.

If you aren’t a fan of that, a New Wave gin, like Hendrick’s, might be right up your alley. New Wave gins put less emphasis on juniper and more on other botanical flavors, so if your issue with Gin is the juniper, this might be the type of gin to try.

With a tip off to Victorian style and curiosity, Hendrick’s gin is as delicious as their packaging is pretty. I’m guilty of keeping a box or two because of the artwork. I’m a fan of Hendrick’s because its cucumber flavor makes this gin more enjoyable. It also pairs deliciously with our homemade lime cordial in this classic Gimlet recipe.

So thank a sailor next time you raise a glass and enjoy a Gimlet.

Try this recipe for this super simple Gimlet cocktail!

Classic Gimlet

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2½ Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Lime Wheel for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

Preparation

Classic Gimlet: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until perfectly chilled [about 30 seconds]. Strain over ice into a chilled Coupe glass. Garnish with lime wheel and enjoy.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 10.3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 8.8 Protein (g) 18 Sodium (mg) 1.4

You won't have to worry about scurvy with this Gimlet recipe

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