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I didn’t used to believe in bay leaves. Though I felt contractually obligated to put them in all stews, soups, and (most) rice dishes, it wasn’t until I conducted this very important piece of investigative journalism that I began to truly value and cherish them. When I saw the “bay leaf martini” on the cocktail menu at Barr — you know, the place with the caviar waffle — I knew I had to have it, and I knew I would be making bay leaf gin at home.

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Though I’ve always claimed to hate the heat and love the cold, living somewhere with a barely-real winter and only the tiniest bit of snow has taught me that I just don’t like environmental extremes of any kind.

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The grocery store is an inspiring place, particularly the produce aisle. No matter what I have on my list, I make sure to take a few minutes to leisurely browse the fruits, vegetables and fungi, just to see if anyone pops out to say “hello”.

This week, I stumbled upon a large, sunny, yellow boi, simply named “cocktail citrus”. My mission was clear.

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We're getting close to the time of year when Christmas trees go up and family and friends get together to hang the tinsel, ornaments and other decorations. But, this year, you can make the job of taking the tree down easier. Gin-filled baubles will no doubt get lighter as the Christmas season progresses.

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Gin is kind of having a moment right now. For distilleries, gin is a lot easier to get started with, simply because it doesn’t require barrel ageing. If you’re a new distillery you can distill a gin and start selling it almost immediately, while a new whiskey distillery might have to wait a few years before it has a product to sell.

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What's better than serving gin and tonics at a party? Having a whole gin and tonic bar, that's what. A few weeks ago I went to a media event for Beefeater. They had your traditional bar there, with a bartender mixing up fancy cocktails. There was also a DIY Gin & Tonic bar. You could ask the bartender for just a glass with ice and gin in it, and then use the assortment of tonic waters and accouterment on the table to build your own. The idea was so fun I started doing it whenever I had friends over… and it was a big hit.