I am captivated by gin. My lifelong love of old movies suggested the notion that a gin martini was sophistication in a glass. I love the shape of the vessel, the flakes of ice, the unmistakable smell and taste of juniper mixing with other botanical’s only guessed at. Gin is trending again, craft gins flooding the market and threatening the availability of my standbys (and favorites): Boodles, Plymouth, and Beefeater. The shelves in liquor stores are suddenly filled with gin–and why not? Gin is simply flavored vodka–but the results are far from simple and offer seemingly endless variation. Despite it’s reputation in the 1930’s-40’s, gin has not always been associated with the witty and glamorous. The 30 year gin craze in England in the 1700’s overwhelmed London’s poor– leading to rampant depravity and ultimately the Gin Act in 1791.…