I like gin. It’s my spirit of choice, and I’ve recently become a big fan of Bluecoat American Dry Gin. I like this gin for several reasons. The first, of course, is that it’s a great-tasting gin with the right balance of juniper berries and other botanicals. It has a slight burn going down but a smooth finish.


Those juniper berries are organic, as are the other botanicals that Bluecoat uses in this micro-distilled gin. That’s another reason for me to like this all-natural gin. And that it’s distilled locally — a few minutes away in my beloved Philadelphia — gives me yet another reason to make this my “house” gin. The bottle is really beautiful, too, although I’d buy it even if it had less attractive packaging.


On Saturday evenings, if I’m not going out, I use Bluecoat to make my favorite cocktail, a simple gin gimlet. Here’s the recipe I use.


  • 2 oz. Bluecoat American Dry Gin
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz 1:1 simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker full of ice. Shake to chill. Pour into a martini glass.


Bluecoat American Dry Gin runs about $26 for a 750 ml bottle in stores and online.


Have you ever tried Bluecoat? Did you know it was made with organic ingredients?


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