A Former Chef Applies Culinary Knowledge to Making Gin April 24, 2017     |     By Alicia Kennedy   |     Photos by Liz Clayman "Clean Martini"Empire Spirits Project’s bottles have distinct flavor profiles that, unlike classic gin, are purposely not juniper-forward. You can tell by the bottle that these are no ordinary gins. Black, matte and topped with wax in varying shades...

A Former Chef Applies Culinary Knowledge to Making Gin

April 24, 2017     |     By Alicia Kennedy   |     Photos by Liz Clayman

"Clean Martini"Empire Spirits Project’s bottles have distinct flavor profiles that, unlike classic gin, are purposely not juniper-forward. You can tell by the bottle that these are no ordinary gins. Black, matte and topped with wax in varying shades...

 

 
Martinis Galore: 26 of the Best Recipes to Make at Home April 3, 2017     |     Sam Dangremond "Clean Martini" This cocktail is inspired by the ever-popular Dirty Martini. I wanted to take this classic a step further... I choose ESP Smoke Gin because of it's unique flavors with hints of peppercorn and caraway.  

Martinis Galore: 26 of the Best Recipes to Make at Home

April 3, 2017     |     Sam Dangremond

"Clean Martini"
This cocktail is inspired by the ever-popular Dirty Martini. I wanted to take this classic a step further... I choose ESP Smoke Gin because of it's unique flavors with hints of peppercorn and caraway.  

 

 
5 New Wave Gins Reinventing a Stodgy Spirit March 29, 2017     |     Emily Singer The brainchild of chef-turned-distiller Jake Sawabini, Empire Spirits Project formulates gins with boundary-pushing cocktails in mind. The Smoked Gin is ...

5 New Wave Gins Reinventing a Stodgy Spirit

March 29, 2017     |     Emily Singer

The brainchild of chef-turned-distiller Jake Sawabini, Empire Spirits Project formulates gins with boundary-pushing cocktails in mind. The Smoked Gin is ...

 

 
Meet America's gin makers March 23, 2017     |     Jonah Flicker Empire Spirits Project is the creation of chef-turned-master distiller Jake Sawabini. The gin is distilled in Yonkers, N.Y. in three different flavors...

Meet America's gin makers

March 23, 2017     |     Jonah Flicker

Empire Spirits Project is the creation of chef-turned-master distiller Jake Sawabini. The gin is distilled in Yonkers, N.Y. in three different flavors...

 

 
Olive Oil Cocktails are a Thing Now March 9, 2017     |     Najib Benouar One such place is NYC's modern Chinese restaurant RedFarm, where barkeep Shawn Chen is serving a play on the dirty martini. His "Clean" Martini (pictured above) incorporates ESP Smoked Gin, chenin blanc, vermouth...

Olive Oil Cocktails are a Thing Now

March 9, 2017     |     Najib Benouar

One such place is NYC's modern Chinese restaurant RedFarm, where barkeep Shawn Chen is serving a play on the dirty martini. His "Clean" Martini (pictured above) incorporates ESP Smoked Gin, chenin blanc, vermouth...

 

 
Spirit Watch 2017 FEB 2017     |     Robert Haynes-Peterson Now a number of inventive expressions are showing up on American shores. New York-based ESP (Empire Spirits Project) launched late last year with three expressions...

Spirit Watch 2017

FEB 2017     |     Robert Haynes-Peterson

Now a number of inventive expressions are showing up on American shores. New York-based ESP (Empire Spirits Project) launched late last year with three expressions...

 

 
The Best Smoky Spirits to Sip This Winter DEC 28, 2016     |     Christopher Osburn Jake Sawabini, founder of Empire Spirits Project recently launched the first ever smoked gin. It's made by macerating botanicals in 80 proof Neutral spirit...

The Best Smoky Spirits to Sip This Winter

DEC 28, 2016     |     Christopher Osburn

Jake Sawabini, founder of Empire Spirits Project recently launched the first ever smoked gin. It's made by macerating botanicals in 80 proof Neutral spirit...

 

 
The Best Spirits and Cocktails for 2017 DEC 28, 2016     |     Adam Morganstern Specifically, American Beauty from Empire Spirits Project, distilled in Yonkers. They may be the first American gin producer to break the mold of what gin can be - elegant, fragrant and almost revolutionary. 

The Best Spirits and Cocktails for 2017

DEC 28, 2016     |     Adam Morganstern

Specifically, American Beauty from Empire Spirits Project, distilled in Yonkers. They may be the first American gin producer to break the mold of what gin can be - elegant, fragrant and almost revolutionary. 

 

 
The 2016 Forbes Spirits Guide DEC 14, 2016     |     Michael Solomon Ginning up From left: Malfy Gin Con Limone($30), ESP Noho Gin ($39), St. George Dry Rye Gin ($35), Four Pillars Barrel-Aged Gin ($95)  

The 2016 Forbes Spirits Guide

DEC 14, 2016     |     Michael Solomon

Ginning up
From left: Malfy Gin Con Limone($30), ESP Noho Gin ($39), St. George Dry Rye Gin ($35), Four Pillars Barrel-Aged Gin ($95)

 

 

 
The 2016 Forbes Spirits Guide DEC 14, 2016     |     Michael Solomon Exit Strategy Stir all ingredients in a pint glass and strain into a Nick & Nora glass. Express the oils of a lemon twist and then discard the twist. 

The 2016 Forbes Spirits Guide

DEC 14, 2016     |     Michael Solomon

Exit Strategy

Stir all ingredients in a pint glass and strain into a Nick & Nora glass. Express the oils of a lemon twist and then discard the twist. 

 

 
The 12 Bottles of Christmas DEC 14, 2016     |     Charles Passy Sure, you can have Scotches with a smoky flavor ( and the smokier the better, we say). But what about gin? The Empire Spirits Project, a New York-based maker...

The 12 Bottles of Christmas

DEC 14, 2016     |     Charles Passy

Sure, you can have Scotches with a smoky flavor ( and the smokier the better, we say). But what about gin? The Empire Spirits Project, a New York-based maker...

 

 
A Boozy Present for Everyone on Your List DEC 12, 2016     |     Kirk Miller Unusual and enticing takes on gin from this new NY distiller. The best? Smoked, where notes of juniper, applewood smoke, caraway and peppercorn fill the senses.

A Boozy Present for Everyone on Your List

DEC 12, 2016     |     Kirk Miller

Unusual and enticing takes on gin from this new NY distiller. The best? Smoked, where notes of juniper, applewood smoke, caraway and peppercorn fill the senses.

 

 
The top 8 Best Gin Brands of 2016 DEC 7, 2016     |     Justine Sterling Encased in striking matte black bottles, this new line of gins from Empire Spirits Project (ESP) is available in three unusual expressions...

The top 8 Best Gin Brands of 2016

DEC 7, 2016     |     Justine Sterling

Encased in striking matte black bottles, this new line of gins from Empire Spirits Project (ESP) is available in three unusual expressions...

 

 
Bartenders' Top 10 Repeal Day Cocktails DEC 5, 2016     |    Annie Hayes Snake Charmer by Gates Otsuji, The Standard Grill, NYC 2 oz ESP Noho Gin, 0.75oz durian/white nectarine cordial, 0.75oz lemon juice...

Bartenders' Top 10 Repeal Day Cocktails

DEC 5, 2016     |    Annie Hayes

Snake Charmer by Gates Otsuji, The Standard Grill, NYC

2 oz ESP Noho Gin, 0.75oz durian/white nectarine cordial, 0.75oz lemon juice...

 

 
Bartenders' Top 10 Repeal Day Cocktails DEC 5, 2016     |     Annie Hayes Bed of Roses by Miguel Aranda, Botanic Lab, NYC 1 1/2oz ESP American Beauty Gin, 1/2oz Domaine de Canton infused with Irani roses, 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice...

Bartenders' Top 10 Repeal Day Cocktails

DEC 5, 2016     |     Annie Hayes

Bed of Roses by Miguel Aranda, Botanic Lab, NYC

1 1/2oz ESP American Beauty Gin, 1/2oz Domaine de Canton infused with Irani roses, 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice...

 

 
The Biggest Cocktail Trends of 2016 - New School Smoky Cocktails NOV 30, 2016     |     Lauren Hubbard What could go better with some low-and-slow BBQ than a drink with a whiff of that same deep wood smoke? That's been on the mind of bartenders and spirit...

The Biggest Cocktail Trends of 2016 - New School Smoky Cocktails

NOV 30, 2016     |     Lauren Hubbard

What could go better with some low-and-slow BBQ than a drink with a whiff of that same deep wood smoke? That's been on the mind of bartenders and spirit...

 

 
The Biggest Cocktail Trends of 2016 NOV 30, 2016     |     Lauren Hubbard Make your own Snake Charmer... 

The Biggest Cocktail Trends of 2016

NOV 30, 2016     |     Lauren Hubbard

Make your own Snake Charmer... 

 

 
WHAT TO DRINK THIS WEEKEND - BED OF ROSES NOV 18, 2016     |     Lauren Sheffield Shake all the ingredients and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a rose petal. "For me the main inspiration for the Bed of Roses cocktail is the Bronx Botanical Garden. It's such an amazing place full... 

WHAT TO DRINK THIS WEEKEND - BED OF ROSES

NOV 18, 2016     |     Lauren Sheffield

Shake all the ingredients and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a rose petal. "For me the main inspiration for the Bed of Roses cocktail is the Bronx Botanical Garden. It's such an amazing place full... 

 

 
WHAT TO DRINK THIS WEEKEND - SNAKE CHARMER NOV 18, 2016     |     Lauren Sheffield "This gin taps into a different kaleidoscope of flavors with the saffron & cardamom and it's very inspiring. There's savory & sweet, but really it's a tangy cocktail with a clean, dry finish, brought to you by ...

WHAT TO DRINK THIS WEEKEND - SNAKE CHARMER

NOV 18, 2016     |     Lauren Sheffield

"This gin taps into a different kaleidoscope of flavors with the saffron & cardamom and it's very inspiring. There's savory & sweet, but really it's a tangy cocktail with a clean, dry finish, brought to you by ...

 

 
AMERICA'S BEST NEW DISTILLERIES NOV 14, 2016     |     Kathryn O'Shea Evans If you're a fan of gin, check out Empire Spirits Project. This Manhattan-based company, which does its distilling in Yonkers, is all about redefining the 400-year-old spirit by incorporating new flavor profiles. That means ...

AMERICA'S BEST NEW DISTILLERIES

NOV 14, 2016     |     Kathryn O'Shea Evans

If you're a fan of gin, check out Empire Spirits Project. This Manhattan-based company, which does its distilling in Yonkers, is all about redefining the 400-year-old spirit by incorporating new flavor profiles. That means ...

 

 
THE FALL SPIRITS EVERY COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUR NEEDS IN THEIR HOME BAR NOV 3, 2016     |     Gautam Balasundar Gin may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about fall cocktails, but finally there's a new entrant in the market...

THE FALL SPIRITS EVERY COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUR NEEDS IN THEIR HOME BAR

NOV 3, 2016     |     Gautam Balasundar

Gin may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about fall cocktails, but finally there's a new entrant in the market...

 

 
THE BEST SPICY BOOZE YOU'VE NEVER TRIED BEFORE OCT 31, 2016     |     Kara Newman Empire Spirits Project founder/master distiller Jake Sawabini -- a veteran of restaurants including Le Bernardin and WD~50 -- debuted a trio of "culinary-inspired" gins. New this fall, this gin ...

THE BEST SPICY BOOZE YOU'VE NEVER TRIED BEFORE

OCT 31, 2016     |     Kara Newman

Empire Spirits Project founder/master distiller Jake Sawabini -- a veteran of restaurants including Le Bernardin and WD~50 -- debuted a trio of "culinary-inspired" gins. New this fall, this gin ...

 

 
The 3 Best New Gins to Try Right Now OCT 29, 2016     |     Karla Alindahao Jake Sawabini and Meg (his wonderfully supportive wife) started Empire Spirits Project with one goal in mind: to “harmonize” the flavor of juniper with other botanicals and create extraordinary flavor profiles...

The 3 Best New Gins to Try Right Now

OCT 29, 2016     |     Karla Alindahao

Jake Sawabini and Meg (his wonderfully supportive wife) started Empire Spirits Project with one goal in mind: to “harmonize” the flavor of juniper with other botanicals and create extraordinary flavor profiles...

 

 
A FORMER FINE DINING CHEF LAUNCHES AMERICA'S FIRST SMOKED GIN OCT 26, 2016     |     Dan Q. Dao Gin is typically not the first spirit that comes to mind when creating a smoky cocktail—you’d much sooner grab a bottle of peaty Scotch or an herbaceous mezcal to achieve that flavor. But from the still-nascent Yonkers-based Empire Spirits Projects (ESP) in New York...  

A FORMER FINE DINING CHEF LAUNCHES AMERICA'S FIRST SMOKED GIN

OCT 26, 2016     |     Dan Q. Dao

Gin is typically not the first spirit that comes to mind when creating a smoky cocktail—you’d much sooner grab a bottle of peaty Scotch or an herbaceous mezcal to achieve that flavor. But from the still-nascent Yonkers-based Empire Spirits Projects (ESP) in New York...

 

 

 
Empire Spirits Project Gins Redefining a 400-year-old spirit. Gary Speed Everyone loves a good gin, and for those that don’t then you certainly will after tasting ESP Gins. Empire Spirits Project have been working on their own unique flavors for three years now...

Empire Spirits Project Gins
Redefining a 400-year-old spirit.

Gary Speed

Everyone loves a good gin, and for those that don’t then you certainly will after tasting ESP Gins. Empire Spirits Project have been working on their own unique flavors for three years now...

 

 
Six Bold Gins for Fall 2016 SEP 26, 2016     |     Adam Morganstern While most gins strive for consistent flavor, Oregon’s Crater Lake Estate Gin changes their formula every year based on the harvest. Their latest barrel-aged edition takes on a lot of whiskey character ...

Six Bold Gins for Fall 2016

SEP 26, 2016     |     Adam Morganstern

While most gins strive for consistent flavor, Oregon’s Crater Lake Estate Gin changes their formula every year based on the harvest. Their latest barrel-aged edition takes on a lot of whiskey character ...

 

 
Fill A GLASS WITH THE FIRST-EVER SMOKED AMERICAN GIN SEP 9, 2016     |     Jared Stern Jake Sawabini, a former chef at Manhattan's famed Le Bernardin, is introducing the first-ever smoked American gin, made in New York State no less, along with two other flavorful elixirs.  The cool bottle design evokes the "rebellious streak" Swabini is bringing to the gin game with ...

Fill A GLASS WITH THE FIRST-EVER SMOKED AMERICAN GIN

SEP 9, 2016     |     Jared Stern

Jake Sawabini, a former chef at Manhattan's famed Le Bernardin, is introducing the first-ever smoked American gin, made in New York State no less, along with two other flavorful elixirs. 

The cool bottle design evokes the "rebellious streak" Swabini is bringing to the gin game with ...

 

 
EMPIRE SPIRITS PROJECT SMOKED GIN Ben Dahl If gin just isn’t your thing because you’re used to the piney, overpowering flavor profile that juniper can give the spirit, you’ll be extremely interested in Empire Spirits Project ...

EMPIRE SPIRITS PROJECT SMOKED GIN

Ben Dahl

If gin just isn’t your thing because you’re used to the piney, overpowering flavor profile that juniper can give the spirit, you’ll be extremely interested in Empire Spirits Project ...

 

 
EMPIRE SPIRITS PROJECT SMOKED GIN The distillers at Empire Spirits know that the first flavor you associate with gin is juniper. But they also want you to know that there's a lot more to gin...

EMPIRE SPIRITS PROJECT SMOKED GIN

The distillers at Empire Spirits know that the first flavor you associate with gin is juniper. But they also want you to know that there's a lot more to gin...

 

 
The Feed: Eataly to Open in Financial District AUG 9, 2016     |     Charles Passy Gin may have its roots in Europe, but a Yonkers, N.Y., distillery hopes to stake a claim on the spirit. Empire Spirits Project is rolling out three gins this month...

The Feed: Eataly to Open in Financial District

AUG 9, 2016     |     Charles Passy

Gin may have its roots in Europe, but a Yonkers, N.Y., distillery hopes to stake a claim on the spirit. Empire Spirits Project is rolling out three gins this month...

 

 
Our 8 Drinks of the Week (Yes, There's A Pokemon Cocktail) July 15, 2016     |     Gray Chapman Internet, you did not let us down this week. From a crystal-clear Ramos gin fizz to a cocktail that gives a shout-out to a certain ubiquitous “gotta catch ‘em all” game, we spotted a bevy of playful and creative cocktails circulating on the web...  

Our 8 Drinks of the Week (Yes, There's A Pokemon Cocktail)

July 15, 2016     |     Gray Chapman

Internet, you did not let us down this week. From a crystal-clear Ramos gin fizz to a cocktail that gives a shout-out to a certain ubiquitous “gotta catch ‘em all” game, we spotted a bevy of playful and creative cocktails circulating on the web...