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Gin

Perhaps gin is my favorite liquor because I’ve never gotten sick from too many gin shots (Who takes shots of gin? Show yourself!), though I like to think it’s based in gin’s versatility. From the classic gin and tonic to something more adventurous like a Jitterbug Perfume (gin, beet shrub, luxardo triplum, framboise, lime), I’ll drink it. But as with most cocktails, it’s all about the base, which is why I’ve been trying out a few local Midwestern-made gins whenever I get the chance. Some favorites include: Chicago’s Letherbee Distillers Gin, a fennel-heavy number that works especially well in gin and tonics (Letherbee also has amazing seasonal gin offerings); Three Oaks, Michigan’s Journeyman Distillery Bilberry Black Hearts Gin, which provides a fun little kick of black licorice flavor; and Holland, Michigan’s New Holland Brewing Blue Haven Gin, which is steeped …

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