1. Trebuchet says

    I would wager that 99% of Americans do not know that gin is flavored with juniper.

    Glad the nostril problem is better. If it comes back, do please see a doctor. I’m a multi-time skin cancer survivor. Don’t mess around.

  2. says

    As a loft-warming gift, I got a cool spice rack where all the spices are in test-tubes. One of them contained whole dried juniper berries, and I have no idea what to do with them. Mini-batch of bathtub gin?

    PS that gin looks great, and is one I’ve never had before! Will have to keep my eye out for it.

  3. F [is for failure to emerge] says

    Good on the nostril. I’ve never tried a gin that tasted of anything other than juniper (that I was aware of).

    I would wager that 99% of Americans do not know that gin is flavored with juniper.

    I was just explaining this to yet another incredulous person last Friday.

  4. Corvus illustris says

    F@3: I was just explaining [that gin owes its flavor to juniper berries] to yet another incredulous person last Friday.

    I’m incredulous at their incredulity. Doesn’t everybody know this? (Evidently not.) There’s even folklore that the sobriquet “Mother’s Ruin” for gin derives from a bad effect that ingesting a tincture of juniper has on the internal lady parts (rather than the usual effect of ingesting more ethanol than is good for you).

  5. Trebuchet says

    I didn’t spend enough time Googling to find statistics but I’d guess vodka outsells gin in the US by at least five to one. It isn’t as popular as it once was.

    @2, Dr. Becca: Probably not enough berries for a bathtub full, why not just drop them in a bottle of vodka for a while and see what happens?

  6. willym says

    I have been addicted to Bombay Sapphire for over a decade, now. Juniper is only one of its many flavorings, none of which overwhelms the senses. I drink it with a squeeze of lime and Schwepp’s Tonic over ice. Or sometimes neat. It’s all good.

  7. Acolyte of Sagan says

    About the nostril; just as the mineworkers found out during the miners’ strike in the ’80’s, it won’t get better if you picket.

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