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Conniption American Dry Gin

Durham Distillery

Conniption American Dry Gin

88 Proof, 44% ABV


Traditional small batch distillation techniques merge with modern lab technologies to create an American dry gin that is supremely clean, crisp, and complex. Conniption Gin is triggered by a novel two-step manufacturing process that first gives botanicals like Indian coriander, angelica root, and cardamom a sophisticated footing. Juniper is introduced by vapor infusion in Durham’s custom-designed German pot still. Next, the fresh and floral notes of cucumber, citrus, and honeysuckle flowers are individually vacuum distilled at room temperature and then blended into the gin base to provide a refreshingly modern flavor profile that is brazen and utterly irresistible.


Recipes made with Conniption American Dry Gin


Sweet Caroline


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. plu-thyme simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 2 oz. Prosecco
  • Garnish: candied thyme
Directions:
Shake gin and simple syrup with ice. Strain into flute. Top with prosecco. Garnish. Candied Thyme: To make candied sprigs, dip whole sprigs in simple syrup and then toss with granulated sugar. Let dry for at least thirty minutes before using as a garnish. Plu-Thyme Simple Syrup If plums are in season: Add 2 ripe plums (remove pit and smash to release flavors), 3 sprigs fresh thyme to 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 cups water. Simmer over medium heat to ensure sugar is dissolved. Cool on stove t

Holy Conniption


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice
  • 0.25 oz. Cherry heering
  • 0.25 oz. Crème de violette
  • 1.5 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin
  • Garnish: Fresh rosemary
Directions:
Shake with ice and then strain into rocks glass, preferrably with one or two colossal cubes. Garnish with rosemary.

Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 oz. lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 0.5 oz. cardamom simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz. Grapefruit juice
  • 0.5 oz. Heavy cream
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 oz. Club soda
  • 5 dashes orange bitters
Directions:
Add all ingredients but the club soda to a cocktail shaker. Shake several minutes, at least 5 minutes to ensure a nice foam. Add ice to shaker and shake until well-chilled. Pour into a collins or collins-like glass. Add the club soda to the shaker. Gently swirl to get any remaining foam that has clung to the sides and then add to the glass. Cardamom simple syrup: Bring to boil 30 green cardamom pods, 1 cup water, 1 cup granulated sugar. Once boiling, turn down heat to medium. Stir until all su

Gin Punch


Ingredients:
  • 12 lemons
  • 2 750 mL bottles Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 2 liters club soda (very cold)
  • 20 oranges
  • 6 dashes bitters (recommend orange, grapefruit or angostura)
  • 6 oz. Grenadine or simple syrup
Directions:
In a large punch bowl, juice the fruit and add the sweetener of choice, and gin. Chill for minimum of 2-4 hours. Once ready to serve, add club soda and stir. Add bitters to taste, either in punch bowl or one dash in cup prior to ladling punch. Serves 15-20.

Bijou


Ingredients:
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1.5 oz Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 1/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 3/4 oz. Green Chartreuse
Directions:
Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled Nick and Nora or small coupe. Garnish with orange or luxardo cherry.

I-95


Ingredients:
  • 1.25 oz. Conniption American Dry gin
  • 1/2 oz. rosé simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon twist or pomegranate seeds to garnish
  • Sparkling Rosé or Cava (chilled)
Directions:
Make rose’ simple syrup by combining equal parts rose’ wine and sugar. Dissolve sugar into rose’ over low heat. Do not boil. Set aside to cool. Combine gin, rose’ simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into champagne flute. Top with sparkling Rosé or Cava, and garnish with a lemon twist or pomegranate seeds. This is based on the French 75 cocktail and is originally adapted from cocktail created by The Counting House, Durham NC.

Hot Gin Punch


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1 - 2 oz. Honey, to taste
  • 24 oz. Conniption American Dry gin
  • 24 oz. Dry port or sherry
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 Lemon twists
  • 3 Orange slices
  • 4 oz. original Brothers Vilgalys Krupnikas (or use 2 oz of their special Winter Cranberry Krupnikas)
  • pinch nutmeg and cinnamon
Directions:
Add everything to pot on stove on low to medium heat for 20-30 min. Alternatively, put in crock pot on low for 2-3 hours before serving. Ladle into glass mugs just before serving.

Vesper Martini


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • Lemon Twist
  • 1/2 oz. Lillet
  • 3 oz. Conniption American Dry gin
Directions:
Shaken or Stirred? Your decision. Shaken: if like ICE COLD, mix all ingredients in shaker with crushed ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with twist. Stirred: If you prefer it slightly chilled and strong, then add all ingredients into mixing glass with ice. Stir with bar spoon until mixed and chilled. Use strainer and pour into chilled martini glass and garnish with lemon.

Lemon Drop


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 1/4 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. Simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz. Limoncello
  • Sprig rosemary
Directions:
In shaker with crushed ice, shake gin, limoncello, lemon juice, simple syrup. Optional: Add a few bits of rosemary (more or less depending on how much rosemary oil you want to impart in the drink) to the shaker. Shake briefly, just to chill and aerate. Pour all ingredients from shaker into glass. Garnish as desired.

A Pear-Shaped Conniption


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 1/2 oz. cold, sparkling dry Pear or Apple cider
  • 1/2 oz. Spiced Pear Syrup (recipe below)
  • 3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
Directions:
Mix all ingredients except cider in shaker with crushed ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into glass. Top with cold sparkling cider. Garnish with pear slice. Spiced Pear Syrup recipe (Saveur Magazine) 1 c. pear purée 1/4 c. raw sugar 1/2 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger 1 cinnamon stick 1 pinch grated nutmeg Combine ingredients in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10–15 minutes, until the syrup has thickened. Strain, discarding g

Martinez


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 bar spoons Luxardo
  • 4 dashes bourbon barrel bitters
  • Orange peel garnish
Directions:
Stir ingredients with ice in mixing glass. Strain over round ice cube in a highball glass or up in a coupe. Garnish with orange peel.

Conniption Punch


Ingredients:
  • 1 bottle Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 1 liter club soda (very cold)
  • 1 small sprig of rosemary
  • 2 grapefruit
  • 2 oz. red wine
  • 4 oz. Alley Twenty Six Tonic Syrup
  • 6 oz. Granulated white sugar
Directions:
With peeler, peel 1 large grapefruit while try to avoid any pith. Place grapefruit peels in bowl with rosemary needles and sugar, and muddle thoroughly. Let rest for 2-3 hours. Juice grapefruit to yield 6oz of juice, and add to dissolve sugar. Strain. Transfer to a cold punch bowl (3-4 quart size). Fill bowl three quarters with fresh cold ice. Add gin, tonic, red wine and soda. When ready, serve in punch cups, approximately 6 oz. each. Serves 20.

Beer Bees Knees


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 3 oz. cold, hefeweizen beer
  • 3/4 oz. honey syrup (see below)
Directions:
Mix all ingredients except beer in shaker with crushed ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into glass. Top with cold beer. Garnish with lemon slice. Honey Syrup: Mix equal parts wildflower honey with water. Simmer over low heat to incorporate. Keep refrigerated and use within 1 week.

Satan's Conniption


Ingredients:
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 oz. Conniption American Dry gin
  • 1/2 oz. Blood orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. Dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet vermouth
Directions:
Shake ingredients in shaker with ice and strain into a chilled Nick & Nora glass. Serve with wheel of blood orange as garnish.

Gin Basil Smash


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz. of Simple syrup
  • 2 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 3-4 Basil leaves
  • Club soda/seltzer (cold)
Directions:
Tear up basil leaves and muddle gin with the leaves for 20-30 sec in a cocktail shaker. Add lemon juice and simple syrup, and shake. Pour into a glass with ice (should make 2 drinks) and top with 2-3 oz of club soda (or to taste).

Boxcar


Ingredients:
  • 1 Egg White
  • 3 oz. Conniption American Dry gin
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Grand Marnier
  • Garnish: sugar rim and lemon or lime wedge garnish
  • Optional: 1/8 - 1/4 oz Grenadine
Directions:
Dry shake without ice: gin, Grand Marnier, lime juice and egg white. Shake vigorously for 1-2 minutes. Add ice to shaker and shake for an additional minute. Strain into chilled coupe.

Farewell To Summer


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. fresh watermelon juice
  • 4 Mint Leaves
  • 2 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz. Capelletti
  • Top with cold Club soda (1-2oz)
Directions:
Add all ingredients with ice (except club soda) to shaker. Shake well to release mint oils and aerate. Strain into old fashioned glass with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with fresh mint. Capelletti is wine aperitif. It gives depth to the drink so we recommend tracking it down if you can. Locally, Wine Authorities is your place to get this. Unfortunately Total Wine does not carry. In a bind, Cardamaro or Aperol may work.

Perfectly Southern Summer Punch


Ingredients:
  • 0.5 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 cup simple syrup
  • 2 cups Conniption American Dry gin
  • 4 cups fresh watermelon juice
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint
  • Garnish: fresh mint, slices of watermelon, lemon wedges
Directions:
In 3-quart pitcher, add mint and simple syrup. Muddle to release oils. Add lemon juice. Stir. Set aside in refrigerator while pureeing fresh watermelon. Strain. Some remaining pulp is fine. Add the 4 cups of watermelon juice and gin to pitcher. Chill for 1-2 hours. Serve in glasses over ice with desired garnish. Sip on the porch on a perfect summer evening!

Orange Negroni


Ingredients:
  • .5 oz. Cointreau
  • 1.5 oz. Conniption American Dry Gin
  • .5 oz. Campari
  • .5 oz. Dry Vermouth (BigFish recommend's New Columbia Distillers' Capitoline Dry Vermouth!)
Directions:
Combine ingredients and enjoy!

Fall Punch


Ingredients:
  • .5 oz. Dry Vermouth
  • 1.5 oz. Apple Cider
  • .5 oz. Gin
  • .25 oz. Dark Rum
Directions:
Combine ingredients in a glass filled with ice and enjoy!

Cucumber Lemonade Gin Mermaid Punch


Ingredients:
  • .5 cup Sugar
  • 24 oz. Gin
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 4 Whole Lemons
Directions:
Combine ingredients into a punch bowl or pitcher and enjoy!

Limoncello Gin Collins


Ingredients:
  • 1.5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • Sprig of Mint
  • Lemon Wheel
  • 1.5 oz. Gin
  • 2 oz. Club Soda
  • 2 oz. Limoncello
  • 1 oz. Mint Simple Syrup
Directions:
Combine ingredients in a Collins glass filled with ice and enjoy!

Apple Bee's Knees


Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • Rosemary Sprig, for Garnish
  • 2 oz. Gin
  • 1 oz. Honey Syrup
  • 1 oz. Apple Juice
Directions:
Combine ingredients in a glass filled with ice and enjoy!

Venetian Martini


Ingredients:
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Lemon Twist
  • Conniption American Dry Gin
Directions:
Combine ingredients and pour into a martini glass. Enjoy!

Petite Conniption


Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. Gin
  • Orange Bitters
  • 1 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
  • Dash of Lavender Bitters
  • Petit Sirah to Float
  • Braided Lime and Crystallized Lavender, for Garnish
Directions:
Combine ingredients in a glass filled with ice and enjoy!