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#GINUARY ~ a cooler weather celebration of all things gin

"Gin is a summer spirit."

-some person

I have heard this supposed wise adage for years and years, and perhaps it's my contrarian nature or just the fact that I love gin and gin cocktails so much, but I have NEVER paid particularly close attention to this advice. For goodness sakes one of my favorite gin drinks is the Alaska Cocktail, and I don't necessarily think summer paradise when I think of Alaska...actually, I think of Johnny Horton, Sam, huskies and finding Big Nuggets of gold!

So, to honor my contrarian nature, Let's Celebrate Gin in January! It's time for #GINUARY folks. It's time to throw caution to the wind, grab your favorite bottle of gin and get down to enjoying juniper and the cooler weather. Stay tuned this month as we will be announcing several drink recipes, cool weather mixers and recipes, events, tastings, happenings and general schenanigans related to that ephemeral spirit: GIN!

One of the first ways I differentiate seasonality in my cocktails is through the flavor profiles of my mixers and spirits. While I drink Gin in the winter, I do not find myself reaching for the tonic that much...unless of course I am in that mood, or the heat gets turned up and I begin to need that refreshment. However, I do find myself re-imagining some of the classic gin cocktails and working up new recipes and ideas to complement our juniper spirit friend with cool weather flavors. For example, The Knox Whiskey Works take on the Alaska Cocktail: the Alaska (via Knoxville) Cocktail is a perfect example. By substituting a seasonally spiced pear bitters (recipe follows) for the traditional orange bitters, we've flipped the seasonal switch and made this a perfect cold weather cocktail.