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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gin Blossoms


Drinks, Music, and Faces


   The Drink 


       Last September,  I  had the good fortune to stay at the Stage Neck Inn located in picturesque York, Maine. Aside from the breathtaking landscape, fantastic memories, and great meals, I will forever remember the Gin Blossom served up there.  The bartender had the inestimable good sense to soak a bunch of cherries in gin for the better part of two days.  The gin was pink and the cherries were blanched white.  The cocktail was memorable.  I sipped two while sitting in an Adirondack chair placed on the lawn overlooking the Atlantic.  I recall the bright warming sun wrapping me against the cool crisp September air.  It was a piece of heaven on earth for a short time.

     Now, there appear to be as many recipes for a Gin Blossom as there are days in the year.  The commonality seems to be gin, and citrus. I think the addition of cherries hearkening to the blossoming of the cherry trees in spring is a nice touch.  The concoction which I had, definitely had grapefruit juice and so I  have included the recipe below.    Other variations of the recipe include apricot or peach liqueur for the St. Germain, and vermouth or champagne for the grapefruit juice.   Hopefully I will have the opportunity to return to the inn sometime soon and commit that recipe to memory.


  •      2 oz. Gin                                                                 Combine with ice in a shaker.
  •      1/2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur                  Serve on the rocks
  •      1.5 oz. grapefruit juice                                            Garnish with cherries

  The Band

      You may also be familiar with the term Gin Blossoms from the American Rock band formed in 1987 in Tempe, Arizona.  They exploded onto the music scene with the hit song "Hey Jealousy" from their first major label album, New Miserable Experience (1992).  Unfortunately, the song's author and band co-founder ended up getting fired and then committing suicide.  This led to the follow up album titled Congratulations, I'm Sorry (1996).  Despite the rather inauspicious history, they had a number of billboard hits:

  • Found Out About You
  • Follow You Down
  • Til I Hear It From You

   The Condition 

An interesting thing about the band is that they got their name from a caption under a picture of W.C. Fields, the poster child for the skin condition associated with alcohol consumption know as the gin blossom. Actually, the condition is termed rosacea, and is a skin condition associated with small superficial blood vessels usually on the face and neck.  It is not necessarily caused by alcohol and occurs in teetotalers as well.  It may progress to raised red bumps and in extreme cases, rhinophyma.  This is the large red lobulated nose that W.C. Fields famously referred to as his "gin blossom."  He was particularly famous for his one liners: 

  • A man's got to believe in something.  I believe I'll have another drink.
  • I don't drink anymore, on the other hand, I don't drink any less.
  • A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the courtesy to thank her.

You can drink gin blossoms or listen to them, but try to avoid developing them if at all possible.





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