kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Gin Goes Global


London Dry, New World, small batch. For flavor profiles, recipes ideas and tips from the top distillers and mixologists, read my latest article in Nightclub and Bar magazine, which also includes info about Square One Botanical and Bols Genever.

And to inspire you to grab that bottle of botanicals from the bar shelf, here are a few recipes:

First Growth Courtesy of Bobby Heugel, Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston, TX 1.5 oz. Hendricks gin 1 oz. pineapple juice ½ oz. St. Germain 3 sage leaves (reserve 1 for garnish)

Add ice and all ingredients to cocktail shaker. Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Float a sage leaf on top.

 Dutch Courage Courtesy of Josh Harris and Scott Baird, Bon Vivants Cocktail Consulting (drink is on the menu at AGAINN in Washington, DC) 1.5 oz. Bols Genever ½ oz. Yellow Chartreuse 1 oz. fresh lemon juice ½ oz. simple syrup ¾ oz. egg white 2 dashes homemade Rosemary Tincture (see Note) Muddled rosemary Small rosemary sprig (for garnish)

In a small mixing tin, combine all ingredients. Using a blender ball, dry shake the mixture. Crack the tins, add ice, shake vigorously, and double strain through a tea strainer of fresh ice in a bucket glass. Garnish with a small rosemary sprig.

Note: For the Rosemary Tincture: Pack a mason jar with rosemary sprigs.  Fill with an overproof white spirit like Everclear.  Cap tightly, and let set for three days, shaking occasionally. After three days, strain off the rosemary using a chinois packed with cheesecloth.  Store in capped dasher bottles or a mason jar.

A Pear of Roses Courtesy of H. Joseph Ehrmann, Elixir, San Francisco, CA 1 ½ oz. Square One Botanical ½ oz. Meyer lemon juice (see note) 3 inches of rosemary leaves 1 oz. of pear juice ½ oz. Sonoma Syrup lavender syrup (available from

Strip 3 inches of rosemary leaves into a mixing glass and muddle lightly. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake well and double strain. Garnish with a rosemary sprig pulled through a Meyer Lemon wheel floating in the cocktail.

Note: If Meyer Lemons are out of season or unavailable, use a splash of orange juice (or a barspoon) in addition to the ½ oz of lemon juice.