Report and photography: Rose Malindretos
Diana Pittel and Sarah Abrams, founders of the Cocktail Club, hosted a lively and thirsty group of NYWCA members on Monday, April 8th, at the New York Distilling Company. Allen Katz, owner and distiller, shared his vast knowledge and passion for gin as we tasted and learned about three distinct styles of gin and their respective botanicals: Perry’s Tot (Navy Strength Gin with a whopping 114 proof, 57% alcohol and not one cough in the room! Spicy and intense!), followed by Dorothy Parker (American Gin, 88 proof, an original yet classic made with juniper berries, elderberries and hibiscus petals, citrusy and floral), and finally Chief Gowanus (New Netherland Gin based on a recipe dating back to 1809, made with American rye whiskey, juniper berries and Cluster hops). We also got to taste and experience the complexity of flavors in the actual juniper berry botanical before touring Allen’s impressive craft distillery. Finally, it was time to mix and shake! We measured, mixed and shook 2 fabulous cocktails: a Gimlet featuring Perry Tot’s gin and a New York Negroni spotlighting Dorothy Parker Gin. Cheers to a fantastic evening leaving us with a newfound appreciation for gin as the weather warms up and gin and tonics are calling out!