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Tom Gin

A lightly sweetened Gin popular in 18th-century England that now is rarely available. It is slightly sweeter than London Dry, but slightly drier than Dutch/Holland Gin/Jenever, and is thus sometimes called The Missing Link. The name Old Tom Gin purportedly came from wooden plaques shaped like a black cat (an "Old Tom") mounted on the outside wall of some pubs above a public walkway in the 18th century England. After a pedestrian deposited a penny in the cat's mouth, they would place their lips around a small tube between the cat's paws. From the tube would come a shot of Gin, poured there by the bartender inside the pub. Old Tom Gin was formerly made under licence by a variety of distillers around the world; however one was recently relaunched by Hayman's distillery based on an original recipe. Since then a number of other companies have followed suit such as, Both's, Secret Treasures, Jensens, Ransom and even The Dorchester Hotel. The first written record of Old Tom Gin being used in the Tom Collins cocktail was the 1891 book, The Flowing Bowl: When and What to Drink.

Drinks made with Tom Gin:

  1. Casino Cocktail
  2. Deep Sea Cocktail
  3. H.P.W. Cocktail
  4. Martini Cocktail (Sweet)
  5. Byrrh Special Cocktail
  6. Casino Cocktail

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