Chief Gowanus may or may not be a real historical figure, but everything else about this bottle is steeped in history. Most of us know that New York (New Amsterdam) and Brooklyn (Breuckelen/Boswijck) were initially settled by Henry Hudson and the Dutch East India Company. Cocktail historian David Wondrich found a recipe in a colonial era distilling manual called "Approximation of Holland Gin", which purports to be a recipe that the Dutch would have used to replicate their national spirit: the proto-gin known as Genever. While gin and Genever benefited from access to eastern ingredients, such as citrus and spices, this new world product had to make due with local ingredients. As a result, this gin is distilled from a mash of rye grain, and flavored only with the requisite juniper along with a dose of hops to mimic the grassy, tart flavors of lemons and exotic herbs. It's lightly aged to reflect the storage practices of the time, and makes a beautiful Old Fashioned or Martinez.