"Judges unanimously picked Queensborough Gin as the only Double Gold medal award winner in the gin category in a blind taste test," according to a news release.
And it's made in Canada.
While Central City Brewers started off as a craft brewery — and still makes plenty of awesome beer — they branched into distilling in 2013. Led by distiller Stuart McKinnon (below, right) they've been winning awards ever since. This small-batch dry gin follows a London Gin style, but with a fresh Canuck spin: mountain juniper berries grown in BC's interior, plus spruce tips from Vancouver Island.
Vancouver mixologist Christos Kalaitzis (above, left) has created a cocktail in honour of the award. You don't need a cocktail to enjoy this gin, however. A good-quality tonic water is enough to make it shine, or enjoy it in a gin martini. About $40 a bottle.
Queensborough Gin "Double Gold"
1.5 oz Queensborough Gin
0.5 oz Vermouth
1 oz maple syrup
3 dashes aromatic bitters
Three leaves of mint
Shake ingredients and double strain into a balloon glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with cinnamon stick and mint spring. Serves one.