Gin-Sanity: How to Build the Largest Gin Collection in Las Vegas

first_img 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without Editors’ Recommendations “With the neutral background, it helps smooth everything over,” Schoettler said. “But they also have those botanical profiles that give it their character and some have profiles that work well in some cocktails and not others.”A particular bottle Schoettler points to is Gracias a Dios, which is made with an agave distillate. The base spirit is then infused with a botanical from every state of Mexico, making what Schoettler said is essentially a mezcal gin.“It’d make a horrible gin martini,” Schoettler said. “If you’re making a cocktail, like a sour with citrus, it makes a truly unique experience. Anything you’d think to make with tequila, you can use it.”Also behind the bar are gins from Argentina, India, Scotland, Sweden, United States, and traditional gin producing nations like England and the Netherlands. Classics like Tanqueray, Beefeater, Plymouth, and Bombay all are well represented as tried and true examples of excellence.Not every gin makes the cut, and the bar does feature cocktails made with other spirits, but Schoettler had the “difficult task” of tasting through all the gins and determining which ones fit the bill. Each gin was tried multiple times over several weeks as Schoettler said a beverage’s flavor profile changes with any number of variables, from what was eaten at lunch, what mood he’s in, and the environment it’s surrounded by.Eventually, his coworkers laughed as bottles filled his office.“I’ve tasted a fair amount of gin,” Schoettler said. “I went through them all because we want a variety of flavor profiles, but also wanted to learn the stories behind them. If you’re a gin purist, you can come and see what they see as a true representative. If you’re not, this is challenging what a spirit can taste like.” Park MGMThe newest mixology destination in Las Vegas is like a spice cabinet.At least, that’s how Craig Schoettler describes Juniper Cocktail Lounge, a gin-centric bar with more than 80 gins from across the globe. Schoettler is the executive director of beverage and corporate mixologist for MGM Resorts, which opened Juniper last month as the Monte Carlo made its full transition to its new brand, Park MGM.The extensive gin selection is used to offer an eclectic cocktail lineup representative of the multitude of flavor possibilities of the spirit.“We haven’t seen a gin-focused bar, so we saw a niche to fill,” he said.Park MGMLas Vegas moves quickly with spirit trends, and bars catering to those changes. Underneath the booms of bourbon, rye, and mezcal, gin has stayed strong and under the radar, making it ripe for a full menu.“You don’t see many gins neat; it’s prime function is in cocktails,” Schoettler said. “My background is in cooking, so I think of flavor profiles and a certain gin isn’t just a brand to me. When we come up with the menu, we try making the cocktail 10 to 15 times with different gins to find which flavors work best.”“When you look at classic cocktails, they predominantly have gin playing a major part. It’s the king of the cocktail movement,” he added.Gin’s clean backbone and nearly infinite flavor possibilities (based on the myriad botanical compositions) offer a canvas for other ingredients. Most have to have juniper at the front – hence the new bar’s name – but the piney flavor doesn’t have to be as dominant as some drinkers believe. Schoettler knows some who might have sworn off the spirit can have their minds changed by one of the many gins on the shelves at Juniper. 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic last_img read more

Millionaires daughter 15 stranded in London after rail staff refuse to believe

first_imgVirgin Trains said in a statement that they recommend children who a ticket inspector may deem to “look older” carry proof of age. Eventually, after hundreds responded to his tweet, staff allowed his daughter to board a train home.He said: “Good news. Just picking Niamh up from Crewe station. Not a good experience at all of the Virgin Rail ticket inspectors at Euston. Be a kind and caring company please.” Virgin Rail at Euston. Why do you stop a 15 year old girl at the barriers (who has a valid ticket) from traveling home. You say she has no ID to prove how old she is. It’s 7pm and she is alone now at the station. When did you have to prove how young you are? You are a disgrace.— James Timpson (@JamesTCobbler) December 12, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. @VirginTrains Photo of ticket your inspector wrote “not a child” on for our 15 year old daughters trip to London today. She is 15. pic.twitter.com/qDiBiPsnV2— James Timpson (@JamesTCobbler) December 12, 2017 However, many have pointed out that children do not tend to carry ID with them, so may face being stranded.Virgin Trains recommends passports are carried for proof of age, or a government-backed ID card such as Validate UK. A spokeswoman said: “Customers under the age of 16 are eligible for a 50 per cent discount on fares and we do recommend that if a child looks older then it may be appropriate for proof of age to be carried when travelling.”We’re sorry for the experience of Mr Timpson and his daughter and we are in touch with them so we can look into this properly and offer a gesture of goodwill.” A millionaire businessman has spoken out after claiming rail staff at London Euston refused to let his teenage daughter board a train home because they did not believe she was a child.James Timpson, chief executive of Timpson Shoe Repairs, said 15-year-old Niamh was stranded alone after an inspector stopped her at the barrier as she went to get on the Virgin Trains service to Crewe, saying she looked too old for her ticket.He tweeted about his anger, showing a picture of her ticket, which has “NOT A CHILD” scrawled across it.Mr Timpson branded the company a “disgrace”, and wrote: “Virgin Rail at Euston. Why do you stop a 15 year old girl at the barriers (who has a valid ticket) from traveling home.”You say she has no ID to prove how old she is. It’s 7pm and she is alone now at the station. When did you have to prove how young you are? You are a disgrace.”last_img read more