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.
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.
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!
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.
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.