Pineapple Gin – Raiders of the Lost Cocktail Cabinet XIV

This flavour was inspired by a label that I came across recently, which dated from at least 60 years ago. It details a Pineapple Gin made by “Dinner at Eight” at the Distiller Distribution Corporation of San Francisco. This dates from a time when Gin makers all over the world were making a plethora of flavoured gins, ranging from the more sensible orange, lemon and Rue (a combination of orange and lemon) gins, to the rather weird mint, coconut and even asparagus gins!As with most of the flavoured gins I have made previously, this was made by steeping fresh pineapple in a jam jar of gin and leaving it for about a week before straining.

As the pineapple is naturally quite sweet, I added no sugar, although it would be perfectly acceptable to do so, if it was to your taste.

#1) Own
Nose: Fresh and fruity, especially the flesh of pineapple, with a hint of vanilla. Juniper and coriander then appear from the gin.
Taste:There was an initial fruit flavour of pineapple, followed by a slight creaminess and a bitter aftertaste from the gin. This was smooth, but more intense at the end. Being moderately sweet, I’m not sure you could drink vast quantities of it on it’s own.#2) Gin & Tonic
To start, this drink had a sweet juiciness that was followed by the dryness of the tonic. Actually, I think it works quite well; the freshness of the pineapple really comes through and contrasts well with the dryness of the gin and the tonic water. This is definitely a drink that I would have again.

#3) Martini
You may recall that I didn’t think much of the Coconut Gin Martini. Well, I think even less of this one; the sweet, juicy fruitiness was ruined by the vermouth and vice-versa. As such, I think this Pineapple Gin would only work in a Churchill Martini, i.e. one with no vermouth in it!

#4) Collins
Pleasant, crisp and refreshing, like a standard Gin Collins, but with the additional tropical twist of the pineapple. Despite being a very subtle twist, it is definitely still there.

#5) Old Fashioned
This cocktail worked really well, with the bitters adding a level of complexity and sophistication to the drink. The pineapple became more subtle than it was in some of the other drinks and I really liked it.

#6) Alexander
I thought that this would have worked better than it actually does. The pineapple came through strongly, but, when mixed with the cream and chocolate, it became rather too sickly.

#7) Singapore Sling
Essentially, this tasted like a short version of a Singapore Sling. As there is less dilution, it is easier to taste the individual ingredients; the cherry and the Benedictine come through more, but the dominant flavour is still pineapple. As a result, this would be a nice alternative for those who might find the long drink a touch sickly.

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About DTS

partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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