You know what makes me want to bite that bullet, though, and buy it? This quote from Reitz, in the Julia Reed piece introducing his new cocktail column at Fetch:
My biggest fear was making something ourselves and having it turn out not to be delicious - just because it’s homemade doesn’t always make it better.Amen, brother.
Also in the Reed article: a brief aside about Plymouth gin being the favorite brand of the John D. MacDonald character, Travis McGee. I had no idea. My parents have just about the whole collection of Travis McGee books in their basement - all the titles have colors in them, and when I was little, I spent time trying to memorize all the books. I know, useful - but I'd be very prepared if I came across a JDM category on Jeopardy one day.
But back to that drink. It sounds intriguing - the ingredients are all things I like. The question is, would it be worth the hangover? Because when you're mixing gin and champagne, the morning after's gotta be a mess, right?