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Plymouth Gin

Plymouth Gin


By Robert Plotkin

Plymouth Gin deserves its status as the world's finest light spirit; an honor awarded by judges at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. The marvelous spirit is fundamentally different from other super-premium gins. Distilled near the naval base at Plymouth, England, the brand has a storied history with the British Royal Navy. Indeed, it could well be called the gin that launched a thousand ships.

Distinguished Plymouth Gin continues to be made where it originated over 200 years ago, at England's oldest continuously operating distillery—the Black Friars Distillery. The venerable brand is distilled in a large copper alembic still using pure grain spirits, soft Dartmoor water and an infusion of seven hand-selected botanicals.

A quick sniff is all that's necessary to explain Plymouth Gin's enduring popularity. It has an expansive, citrus and juniper bouquet and a seamlessly smooth body. The gin immediately fills the mouth with the exuberant flavors of juniper, coriander, orange and lemon. The gin finishes long and is brimming with flavor.

Exceedingly dry and highly aromatic, it's little wonder the BBC consistently names Plymouth as England's finest gin. It should be noted that in 1896 the first published recipe for the Martini called for the use of Plymouth Gin. It remains an ideal brand to choose when creating a signature Martini. Come see why Plymouth Gin is still the daily issue to officers in the British Royal Navy.


Plymouth Gin Recipes

After Hours Cocktail
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 1/2 oz. Plymouth Gin
3/4 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. orange juice
Stir and strain
Orange twist garnish
Aviation Cocktail (2)
Cocktail glass, chilled
Pour into an iced mixing glass
2 1/2 oz. Plymouth Gin
2–3 dashes of Maraschino Liqueur
3–4 oz. fresh lemon juice
Shake and strain
Lemon twist garnish
Blue Velvet Moon
Cocktail glass, chilled
Add to an empty mixing glass
1/2 lemon, quartered
5-8 fresh blueberries
3/4 oz. Combier Liqueur d'Orange
Muddle contents and add ice
1 1/2 oz. Plymouth Gin
Shake and double strain
Lemon "moon" slice garnish