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Pumpkin Spice Fizz

Pumpkin Spice Fizz

Compared to the all-night bar crawls and elaborate costume parties of autumns past, Halloween this year is looking a little more… understated. But that doesn’t mean we’re not celebrating at home. Put on that pumpkin costume you mistakenly bought on clearance last year, queue up Hocus Pocus, and get shaking for a cocktail that leans more sweet than spooky. This year has already been scary enough.

Pumpkin Spice Fizz

2oz AMASS Dry Gin
.75oz lemon juice
.75oz pumpkin spice simple syrup*
1 egg white
Pumpkin Spice, for garnish

Add gin, lemon, simple syrup, and egg white to shake. Dry shake hard, without ice, for 10-15 seconds to emulsify egg white. Then add ice, shake hard for another 10 seconds, and strain into a Collins glass. Add ice, top with soda, and sprinkle pumpkin spice on top of the cocktail.

*Make strong tea with a pumpkin spice tea and use tea in place of water to make 1:1 simple syrup

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Your Guide to At-Home August Drinking

Your Guide to At-Home August Drinking

At the start of 2020, our in-house cocktail connoisseur Robby Nelson made his bold predictions for the drink trends that would dominate the bar scene this year. That was, of course, before COVID flipped the bar and restaurant industry on its head, where it would stay in a metaphorical headstand for the foreseeable future.

In retrospect, there was a lot Robby got right about this year: we’ve seen the rise of pre-batched drinks and classic cocktails, along with a newfound appreciation for thoughtful consumption and low-to-no ABV. The only differences? Our cocktails have been confined to to-go cups, our sipping relegated to the couch, and our once dusty bar carts nearly entirely diminished. We’re drinking at home, and we’re drinking better than ever.

As we savor these last dog days of summer, we’re craving refreshing, easy-to-make cocktails that rival those sipped on the packed rooftop bars and beachside bungalows of summers past. Here’s what we’re shaking up to stay safe and cool now through Labor Day, as told to you by Robby himself.

GIMLET

You may not have to worry about scurvy anymore, but you should still drink gimlets.

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
1 oz fresh lime juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
Lime Wheel, for garnish (optional)

Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

Take it up a notch with a Cucumber Gimlet, made with cucumber-infused AMASS dry gin:

• Cut up one medium cucumber.
• Put cucumber into a large pot or pitcher.
• Pour a bottle of AMASS into the container and stir.
• Let sit for an 1 hr +, tasting periodically after 30 minutes to see how intense the cucumber flavor is.

Or spice up your life with a Spicy Gimlet, made with red pepper simple syrup:

• Pour one cup sugar, one cup water, and one tablespoon of crushed red pepper into a pot.
• Turn on low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved, then turn off heat and cover.
• Let sit for 1hr+, tasting periodically to see how spicy it is. The longer you let it steep with the red pepper flakes, the spicier it will get.
• When it has reached your desired level of spice, you can strain out the red pepper flake using a fine mesh strainer (Note: it should be pretty spicy; remember, you’re only using less than an ounce per cocktail, so if you want the cocktail to be spicy the simple syrup will have to be spicy!)
• If it’s TOO spicy, use the red pepper simple syrup along with regular simple syrup or mix the two together.

TOM COLLINS

Tall, bubbly, gin-based cocktails like the Tom Collins should be everyone’s go-to for summer. After all, they are incredibly refreshing, much like that other effervescent, quintessential summer drink: the gin and tonic.

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
3 oz Club Soda
Lemon Wheel, for garnish

Do a quick shake with a couple ice cubes or just put all ingredients directly into a Collins glass, add soda and ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

RICKEY

The Rickey is the original “healthy/skinny/low-sugar” cocktail. For your friend who can’t order a cup of black coffee without saying “not too sweet.”

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin or Botanic Vodka
0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
0.25 oz Simple Syrup, optional
4 oz Club Soda

Build in Collins glass, add soda and ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Note: traditionally a Gin Rickey doesn’t have any sugar, but I find a little bit of simple syrup helps add body and take just a bit of the edge off the tartness. This drink should still be tart and refreshing!

SUMMER MARTINI

Much like how you can never be overdressed or overeducated, you can also never go wrong drinking a martini. But sometimes you don’t want to wear a pantsuit, no matter how fierce you look. It’s summer, it’s hot. Put on something to keep you cool and sip on this to keep you fashionable.

1.5 oz Cucumber-Infused AMASS Dry Gin (remember that?!)
1.5 oz Cocchi Americano
Cucumber Wheel, for garnish

Stir and serve on the rocks for poolside sitting, or up for an evening patio dinner; just don’t forget to garnish with a cucumber wheel.

BATCHED NEGRONI

When I go to parties, I always bring a batched cocktail. People always get excited and say, “Oh, you’re making cocktails?!” And I say, “No, you’re pouring cocktails.” Batched cocktails are even more in-style right now, because you can stay safely distanced while drinking a delicious self-pour drink. 

In an empty wine bottle (in the times of COVID, I know you have an empty wine bottle nearby, or you’re working on one), add:

10 oz AMASS Dry Gin
7 oz Campari
7 oz Sweet Vermouth
Orange Twist, for garnish

Turn it upside down a few times to make sure it’s mixed. Don’t forget to seal it first! Use an old cork or a screw top bottle. Pour over the rocks and garnish with an orange twist, half orange wheel, or nothing. We’re in a pandemic, so drink.

Not feeling a negroni?  Maybe batch that Summer Martini we just talked about!  

12 oz Cucumber-Infused AMASS Dry Gin
12 oz Cocchi Americano

Seal, turn upside down, and shake to make sure it’s mixed. Serve on the rocks with a cucumber wheel.  

Cheers!

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Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

We're ringing in National Martini Day with a riff on the classic Vesper Martini. AMASS Dry Gin is washed with Brightland LUCID Olive Oil to give the resulting cocktail a velvety texture and bright, peppery flavor.

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz Brightland LUCID Olive Oil-Washed AMASS Dry Gin*
1 oz AMASS Botanic Vodka
0.5 oz Cocchi Americano
0.5 tsp Brightland LUCID Olive Oil and Olive, for garnish

RECIPE

Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice, and stir well. Strain into a martini or cocktail glass. Garnish with 0.5 tsp Brightland LUCID Olive Oil and Olive.

*Mix 3 oz Brightland LUCID Olive oil with 12 oz AMASS Dry Gin in a resealable container, preferably with a wide opening. Seal the container, shake it up to mix, and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Remove and place in freezer overnight (or for several hours) until the olive oil floating on top of the gin has firmed up. Using a fine tea strainer or coffee filter, strain the gin into another sealed container, leaving behind the plug of olive oil. Keep olive oil-washed gin in fridge and use within four months.

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Shaken, Not Stirred

Shaken, Not Stirred

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home.

This week: A drink fit for 007 himself, the Vesper was invented by none other than Bond author Ian Fleming. While all-spirit cocktails are typically stirred, Bond takes his with a heavy shake. Go ahead and follow his lead while queuing up some of our other cinematic crushes of the golden age.

To drink—
Vesper Martini

To watch—
Relive the glories of the golden age of cinema with drama darlings Bardot and Bogart. Find the full list of vintage escapes here.

To listen—
Dim the lights and put on silky smooth tunes from the likes of Cleo Sol and Grace Carter.

Vesper Martini

Ingredients

1.5 oz AMASS Dry Gin
1 oz AMASS Botanic Vodka
0.5 oz Cocchi Americano
Lemon Twist, for garnish

RECIPE

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass or cocktail shaker with ice and stir or shake, depending on your preference. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Spanish Love Affair

Spanish Love Affair

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home.

This week: Kick off summer with some nostalgic hits, far-flung love affairs, and a freshened up take on the classic G&T.

To drink—
Spanish Love Affair

To watch—
Make your way around the globe without leaving your living room by watching one of the far-flung flicks from maude’s Affairs Abroad list.

To listen—
Lull yourself into an endless summer with retro hits from the likes of Lionel Richie and Phil Collins.

SPANISH LOVE AFFAIR

INGREDIENTS

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
4 oz Tonic Water
Fresh Herbs & Citrus, for garnish

RECIPE

Pour over ice and garnish with your preferred herbs and citrus (we like rosemary, grapefruit peel, and lime). 

Or for a zero-proof option…

Skip the gin and doctor up your favorite sparkling water with herbs and citrus.

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Take The Bitter With The Sweet

Take The Bitter With The Sweet

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home.

This week: the classic negroni, a cocktail complex in taste and simple in execution. Thought up by Count Camillo Negroni in a Florence cafe when he wanted a stronger take on his favorite Americano, the bitter-turned-sweet cocktail has withstood the test of time. Maybe we’re biased, but we prefer ours with an even heavier pour of gin.

To drink—
Negroni

To read—
Anyone that’s listened to the soulful crooning of James Blake or Marvin Gaye knows that the right song can have, uh, aphrodisiac qualities. Learn why mood music turns you on here.

To listen—
For some more subtly sexy tracks, turn to the classical soundtracks that fuel the romance in flicks like Call Me By Your Name andUnder The Tuscan Sun.

Negroni

Ingredients

1.5 oz AMASS Dry Gin*
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
Orange Twist, for garnish

Recipe

Combine gin, campari, and sweet vermouth in a glass filled with ice. Stir gently to dilute and garnish with an orange twist

*Our recipe skews heavy on the gin, but feel free to pull it back to just 1 oz if you prefer a less spirit-centric sip.

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My Hibs Don't Lie

My Hibs Don't Lie

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home.

This week: So far, we’re not big on the ‘20s. Escape to sweeter times with a pretty-in-pink drink and the ‘90s’ best rom-coms.

To watch—
Like boy bands and butterfly clips, romantic comedies were done best in the ‘90s. Head to 
maude for their favorites from the genre’s winning decade.

To listen—
Keep the ‘90s train rolling with a 
playlist straight out of a Nora Ephron character’s Walkman.

To drink—
Hibs Don't Lie

INGREDIENTS

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Hibiscus Honey Syrup

Hibiscus Honey Syrup:

1 part Strong Hibiscus Tea
2 parts Honey

RECIPE

To make the hibiscus honey syrup, brew strong hibiscus tea and mix with honey until completely dissolved. Pour the syrup into a shaking tin along with the gin and lemon juice and shake with ice for 10-15 seconds or until the tin is ice cold. Strain into a coupe glass.

If you aren’t drinking:

1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Hibiscus Honey Syrup

Serve on the rocks with a splash of soda.

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Bath Time Bubbly

Bath Time Bubbly

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home–before, during, and after.

This week: celebrate this week’s small victories by popping open a bottle of bubbly and settling into a bubble bath.

Before—
Make like your favorite rom-com and indulge in a boozy soak in the tub. Swirl maude’s soak no. 1 into warm water for an even more luxurious soak.

During—
Whether you’re romancing yourself or your partner, queue up a playlist loaded with all the classic love songs by none other than Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.

After—
Round out your evening by putting on one of the out of the world films like Barbarella and Gattaca in maude’s galactic roundup.

FRENCH 75

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz AMASS Dry Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
3 oz Sparkling Wine (Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava)

RECIPE

Quick shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine.

If you aren’t drinking:

1.5 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup

Serve on the rocks with a splash of soda.

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When Life Gives Us Limes

When Life Gives Us Limes

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home–before, during, and after.

This week: our home bar supplies are running low, our brains are zonked, and we’re so deprived of human contact that we’ve started making small talk with our houseplants. Here’s what we’re doing to slow and savor our nights in.

Before—
Apply oil no. 1 to skin. Rub from face to toe to feel moisturized and soft all over, or drizzle in the tub for a luxurious soak.

During—
Skip the chit-chat and put on ‘Talk is cheap,’ a feel-good playlist with the likes of Richard Swift and Chet Faker.

After—
You know what they saw about lemons and lemonade? We like to think the same is true for limes and gimlets. Take whatever limes your CSA box throws at you and turn them into these 3-ingredient wonders.

GIMLET

INGREDIENTS

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
1 oz Lime Juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup

RECIPE

Combine ingredients, shake vigorously with ice for 15 seconds, and strain into a coupe.

If you aren’t drinking:

1.5 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup

Serve on the rocks with a splash of soda.



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Let's Go 50/50

Let's Go 50/50

In our new series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each week, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home–before, during, and after.

This week, our East Coast Sales Director and cocktail aficionado Robby Nelson pointed us toward the 50/50 martini, a classic cocktail beloved for its heavy pour of vermouth. If you prefer a zero-proof drink, try out the simple swap below.

Before—
50/50 Quarantini

During—
Maude’s burn candle is the perfect way to get things going. Burn the candle until partly liquid and extinguish the flame. Slowly pour the warm liquid onto skin or apply directly with your fingertips.

After—
Simmer down with nightcap, a playlist featuring the soulful sounds of Billie Holiday and Coralie Clement. Find the full playlist here.

50/50 QUARANTINI

INGREDIENTS

1.5 oz AMASS Dry Gin
1.5 oz Dry Vermouth

RECIPE

Combine ingredients and stir with ice (chopsticks work great!) for 20 seconds or until very cold. Strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with a lemon twist, olive, your mouth as you take a drink, etc.

If you aren't drinking…

Replace the gin with your favorite non-alcoholic spirit. Vermouth is notoriously tricky to swap, but Robby suggests using a white tea instead.

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