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Hendrick’s: The Gin for the Flavor Connoisseur

first_img Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The Best American Gin 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic It’s enough to get people in a tizzy. The argument over who makes the world’s best gin. After all, this is not flavorless vodka we are talking about. Maybe you’d get an angry retort from a Moscovite for saying such a thing. But gin is a connoisseur’s spirit. From artisanal brands to old mainstays, the colorless liquid has a rabid following among liquor aficionados. But with so many bad, cheap gins on the market, how is one to choose the best for dirty martinis or more fanciful concoctions? Mainstays such as Tanqueray and Bombay have a lead in market share but Scottish brand, Hendrick’s, with its unique flavor profile, has become one of the top choices for the more discerning gin drinker.It all starts at the distillery in Girvan, Scotland. The small town on the country’s southwest coast is known for windswept fields of green as well as for Glenfiddich whiskey. While the whiskey distillery is massive and employs a large number of people, the botanical-rich Hendrick’s is crafted by master distiller Lesley Gracie at the site of a former munitions factory. Since 1999, Gracie has been creating the unique gin in small batches via two stills: a Carter-Head and a Bennett. Like twin siblings, the stills have to work in tandem. The Carter-Head bathes the botanicals while the Bennett boils them. Gracie sources only the finest botanicals from around Europe. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic 1. Hendrick’s gin is a favorite for martini lovers. 2. Juniper berries, sourced from Italy, are the basis for Hendrick’s gin. 3. Located at the site of a former munitions factory, the Hendrick’s gin distillery houses two stills as well as various botanicals. 4. A Carter-Head and Bennett still work in tandem to create the flavorful gin. Hendrick’s is the only gin on the market that uses 11 different botanicals in its creation. There’s the requisite juniper berries as well as earthy coriander, angelica and orris root, lemon peel, chamomile, cubeb berries, orange peel, yarrow, carroway seeds and elderflower. Cucumber essence and rose oil are added to the finished product. The roots and seeds are kept in compact, wooden boxes near the distillery entrance. Sinking your hands into the various botanicals is a treat for four of the five senses. The fifth sense gets its due with each sip of the finished product.Most gin aficionados love their gin martinis but I am partial to the English Garden. Perfect for the lazy days of late summer.English Gardenone shot Hendrick’s Ginsplash of lime juicesplash of St. Germaintop off with pressed apple juicepour over ice and garnish with cucumber slices Editors’ Recommendations 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Withoutlast_img read more

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Ride-hailing giants face bumpy road to profitability

NEW YORK — Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft have redefined what we expect from transportation. But it’s unclear whether the companies can turn their popularity into profits.Lyft will give investors their first in on the ride-hailing phenomenon when the company’s stock begins trading on the Nasdaq Friday.But while both companies are growing fast, they are losing money just as quickly and face significant challenges to profitability. Last quarter, Uber lost $865 million while Lyft lost $249 million.Both are hinging future profitability on the development of autonomous vehicles, which lower driver expenses but could take many years to reach mass adoption.Other unprofitable companies have pulled off high-profile IPOs despite questions around their money-making ability and a few more are expected to go public this year, including Uber.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press read more