A cool, refreshing cocktail is the perfect answer to the question of what you will be drinking this weekend. And Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin should be on your shortlist, featuring botanicals that are just as useful in the kitchen as they are in your gin and tonic. Juniper, Cucumber, Sage, Lemon, and Lavender form the foundation of this light, flavorful spirit which was inspired by the master distiller’s Uncle Val’s love of gardening and native Tuscan cuisine.

  • At Stonecutter Spirits in Middlebury, Vermont, barreling their spirits is more than an afterthought. For Stonecutter Single Barrel Gin, they made dozens of test batches before finding a recipe tailored for barreling. The gin then spends four to six months aging in ex-bourbon barrels while the juniper and citrus notes of the gin recipe mingle with the caramel and vanilla notes the barrel provides. When the perfect balance is achieved, the gin is bottled and ready to consume.

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