On September 1, 2013, the New York Distilling Company will launch CHIEF GOWANUS New-Netherland Gin – a most unique spirit with origins and heritage dating back to early 19thcentury America. And, we at CitySip can’t wait.
A contemporary take on Genever, CHIEF GOWANUS is based on recipes used by early Dutch settlers to New Amsterdam, present-day New York City, to create a Resemblance of Holland Gin.
Developed in collaboration with acclaimed drinks historian, Dr. David Wondrich, the New York Distilling Company consulted early distilling manuals to arrive at a recipe featuring its own American rye whiskey, juniper berries and Cluster hops (the American variety likely to have been used around the inception of the original recipe).
Distilled in the old Dutch colony of Brooklyn from grains grown in New York State, we take our un-aged, double-distilled rye and put it back in our pot still with the juniper berries and hops and distill it for a third time. Three months in an oak barrel to smooth it out and the result is a gin that, we like to believe, would have brought a smile to the legendary Gowanus, great chief of the Canarsees back in the day when Brooklyn was still Dutch.
Check out this cocktail recipe featuring Chief Gowanus by David Wondrich:
THE SUPERFUND (aka Improved Gowanus Cocktail)
Stir with cracked ice:
2 oz Chief Gowanus New-Netherland Gin
1 barspoon rich simple syrup
1 barspoon Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao
2 dashes Fee Bros. Whiskey Barrel Bitters
1 dash (from a dasher bottle) absinthe
Strain into chilled cocktail glass and twist a swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top.