Inspired by a social drinking culture, a lot of pubs in London and the UK have become known for their cocktails. The Winslow has brought that culture here to New York City and as one of the premier gin bars, The Winslow has over 40 different types of gin available. Our menu is easy to read and allows anyone to pair their gins with different types of food and flavors. We even offer gin clubs every month to introduce people to gin and gin drinking. Upon inception, we wanted The Winslow to focus on gin because of gin’s unique qualities as a spirit and flavor palate.
London’s history with gin is fascinating, and despite still being one of the biggest producers of gin in the world, London Gin has had a torrid past. In the 18th and 19th Centuries, London’s gin consumption increased due to many reasons, however, one main reason was that the water was so bad that it was actually safer to drink gin. Seeing their market share decline, Beer producers decided to create a propaganda campaign by commissioning William Hogarth to execute a campaign, which he did very well. His most famous piece is the poster titled, ‘Mother’s Ruin’ depicting Londoners in a state of despair. Its impactful imagery, Gin Lane, had a mother dropper her child, another man in need of a fish and chips, another man fighting with a dog over a bone, whereas the images depicting beer drinkers was far different. William Hogarth’s beer drinkers were classy, elegantly dressed, rich, happy, full bellies and forever his efforts in turn changed the London Pub culture by seeing many more people drinking beer thereafter. Gin of course has been revitalized and the London dry style gin brands are famous for their unique style and tastes.
Gin bars have begun to multiply due to the change in Gin’s reputation, and rather than being seen as mother’s ruin, it has now become popular due to this increase in popularity. We have a gin club on select Tuesdays which is designed to showcase some of our gin partners. Our gin specialists will tell you about the history of their distillery as well as the intricacies and or the flavors present in the gin. Our resident specialists, Cait and Gaston, both have a lot of experience with drink and food combinations. We recommend that you try some of our Ginventions as well as sample some of our more than 30 different types of gin.
Gin began some time ago in the Netherlands or Belgium where it was called Jenever a drink the locals would craft and flavor with juniper. Eventually it became popular in London and some people began to cut corners and produce versions of gin that were less pure and not as flavorful, thus where the description of Mother’s Ruin came about.
During the 1800’s the British Empire found out that the people of India ate quinine to help with the symptoms of malaria; what had ended up was that the people would end up mixing gin with the quinine because of the bitter taste that quinine had. This led to the famous quote by Winston Churchill, “The Gin and Tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives and minds, than all of the doctors in the Empire.” Other cocktails had been invented to help the health of sailors, the gimlet, which helped prevent scurvy.
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There are so many different distinctions between Scotch, Bourbon or Rye and unless you’re a seasoned whiskey taster, it’ll be hard to necessarily know the difference unless of course you’re only interested in cheap drinks…so what is whiskey? Technically, whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. We offer many different brands of whiskey from America, Scotland, Ireland and Japan and with that there’s so many different types of whiskeys each with its own unique blend.
What makes a Whiskey a Bourbon?
To make it a bourbon you need at least 51% of the fermenting mixture to be corn, rye, wheat, malted barley or malted rye grain; it must be stored in a charred oak container and not contain any additives. Here are some of the Bourbons we offer: Angels Envy, Bulleit, Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels.
What makes a Whiskey a Scotch?
To make it a Scotch, it has to be distilled and matured in Scotland. Usually Scotch is made from malted barley. Some of the Scotchs we offer are: Glenmorangie, Oban 14yr, Balenvie Carribean, Glenfiddich 12yr-18yr, Macallan 12 yr. Lagavulin 16yr and many more.
What makes a Whiskey Irish?
Irish Whiskey goes through three rounds of distillation before it is bottled. Irish Whiskey uses a lot of barley and has to be aged in wooden casks for three years to be considered Irish Whiskey. Some of the Irish Whiskey that we offer are: Bushmills, Jameson, Tullamore Dew and Midleton.
What makes a Whiskey Japanese?
Japanese Whiskey is a lot like Scotch, because one of the founders came from Scotland, Suntory’s first master distiller Masataka Taketsuru studied in Scotland prior to bringing the taste and flavor back to Japan. We offer Suntory and Nikka Japanese Whiskeys.
Being a restaurant is not the only thing we are known for, we have a superb cocktail and drink menu. Many beers that are on tap are UK in origin or UK inspired such as London Pride, Guinness, Strongbow, Union Jack IPA, Pilsner Urquell. If a regular requests a particular brand, and if it sells, we will continue to keep that beer on tap, all patrons, including regulars, are treated as family.
Our cocktails are inventive, fun and one of a kind. Swing by and try one of our many gin blends or join us for the best Happy Hour in New York City, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-7 & Thursdays from 12-8. Don’t forget, that we also have a late night Happy Hour from 11pm-2am on Mondays and Tuesdays.
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