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Gin for Asian (and other) Libations: Beefeater 24

When you consider the botanicals that go into a bottle of gin, juniper, coriander, citrus and orris root spring to mind. But what about tea leaves?

The producers of Beefeater 24 gleaned some Asian inspiration for their new handcrafted spirit. Rare Japanese Sencha tea and Chinese green tea are balanced out with other components like grapefruit, bitter almond and Seville orange peel. Beefeater 24 is subtle, sensual and contemporary, and works equally well in a martini and in Asian libations. It's available right now in New York and San Francisco, with more markets added soon.

I recently got my hands on a bottle, and it's aromatic and smooth. (And it doesn't hurt that the packaging is gorgeous, either...)

The suggested retail price for Beefeater 24 is $28.99/750 milliliter bottle, and $32.99/one liter bottle.

Though not an Asian cocktail, here's one to try:

Shifting Sands
1 & ½ parts Beefeater 24
1 & ½ parts fresh grapefruit juice
¼ part fresh lemon juice
2 bar spoons of Maraschino Liqueur
Club soda
Grapefruit twist (for garnish)

Build ingredients into a high-ball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a grapefruit twist.