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A business school project turns liquid

Friends and fellow Cornell business school students Scott Krahn and David Hughes decided to tackle the gin game during their third-year entrepreneurship class. Their intended task? To create a theoretical gin that appealed to their demographic. In a nutshell, a gin for the vodka drinker: aromatic, yet approachable.

The fruits of their labor were so successful that they took their project out of the classroom, and into the distillery. DH Krahn Gin, released this past fall, contains an exotic, heady list of aromatics, including Italian juniper berries, Moroccan coriander seed, Thai ginger root, and citrus peels from California.

I tried DH Krahn gin this weekend, and loved it. The aromatics are definitely a bit different than my other preferred gins--I think the Thai ginger really gives it a unique kick. It makes a delish G&T, but the press kit I received also contained some other great cocktails to try. This one was our favorite:

Elderflower Collins
2 oz. DH Krahn gin
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. Elderflower liqueur (St. Germain)
Club soda

Combine first four ingredients in a mixing glass, then add ice. Shake well, then strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass. Top with club soda.

**We actually thought it would have been even tastier without the club soda, strained into a martini glass. The soda diluted the gin and elderflower taste a bit. But it was still really refreshing.

For more info, go to DH Krahn's website.