Posted: July 15, 2016 by Rutte

Gin is one of the world’s strongest spirits — and that’s not even referring to proof.

Originally used for medicinal purposes, the liquid went down a little smoother than people expected, so the English government had to introduce the Gin Act, making the libation ridiculously expensive in order to discourage people from drinking it. Of course, not even Parliament could keep its people from the venerable spirit.

According to founder of the Liquid Projects and the Craft Spirits Festival, Jennifer Massolo, “The misconceptions regarding gin are rooted in its history and still stay with some people today. Today in England, British law dictates that distillers of gin must purchase their base spirit (neutral grain spirit) from highly regulated producers, which gin producers then redistill into gin through the maceration of botanicals.”

Gin is becoming rapidly popular in Miami, with bars such as Repour and the Traymore introducing gin-and-tonic menus. To commemorate this unstoppable spirit and just in time for the summer, here are Miami’s seven best gin cocktails.

Celery Negroni at the Anderson

Paying respect to the classic Negroni, the group from Bar Lab decided to do a smart spin using celery. Bar manager Josh Alperstein says, “The intention is to create a fresh garden experience for the palate. With so many different styles of gin, finding the best suited can be difficult. Rutte Celery adds earthy tones while having a crisp vegetable finish to blend perfectly with the botanical extract.” Campari, soft rosso vermouth, and four drops of Fleur de Sel solution (from the sea salt beds of western France) are also used in the celery Negroni ($10).

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