Cocktails with… Edinburgh Raspberry Gin

Most of our readers will be familiar with sloe gin and as, in the past few and upcoming weeks we have been/will be looking at various homemade flavoured gins, it seemed like a good time to look at a new commercial flavoured gin, Raspberry Gin.

This is made by Spencerfield Spirit, the makers of Edinburgh Gin, using local Perthshire Raspberries. Whilst contemplating making a fruit liqueur for the winter, Edinburgh Gin also tried various recipes for damson and sloe gin, but finally decided on the Raspberry, because it tasted best. I think that it’s great to see some variation added to the products in the “Sloe Gin Niche” and, in my mind, some of the finest raspberries I have had are Scottish, so their choice of fruit makes perfect sense. It is bottled at 20%ABV.

Own
Nose: Intense, jammy raspberry with a hint of tartness and some creamy vanilla notes;as a result, this somewhat resembles raspberry ripple ice-cream.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth upfront. There are also the sweet, spicy elements of Edinburgh Gin, followed by the fruity and slightly tart raspberry. There is some sweetness, but this is well-balanced with the tartness of the raspberry.

Hipflask
After being kept in a breast pocket for a while, the Raspberry Gin has been gently warmed to great effect. To taste, there’s a lot of fruit with some hints of vanilla and spice. It is quite warming, but also soft and smooth, making it an especially good choice if you find straight spirits a bit much for a flask.

Frozen
The lower temperature brings out some of the fresher, crisper notes of the Gin, making for a more refreshing drink. Similarly, the liqueur also works well over ice.

With Bitter Lemon
The Long Peddlar is a classic sloe gin drink and it works well with the Raspberry Gin. Itis less sweet and tarter than the sloe gin version, which, to me, makes it crisper and more refreshing. This would be a good way to enjoy this Gin in the summer, should you happen to have any left.

With Tonic
With tonic, this Gin makes quite a tart drink. There’s a more subtle vanilla sweetness, but with more of the tart berries coming through, this is – overall – a very refreshing drink.

Toddy
Very pleasant, indeed. Initially, I thought it was quite tart and, although pleasant, was less comforting than a toddy usually is; however, this was quickly remedied by a little squeeze of honey. The result was a delicious toddy, with the raspberry still coming through. Very nice.

Vale of the Martinez
[50ml Raspberry Gin, 25ml Dry Vermouth, 10ml Maraschino, 2 Dashes Orange Bitters]
This was my favourite new drink of 2011. Like a number of the previous cocktails, this is usually made using sloe gin, but I substituted Edinburgh’s Raspberry Gin to great effect. This is a superb drink: hints of raspberry jamminess contrast nicely with a touch of cream on the finish, ensuring a great balance of sweet and dry; a perfectly formed cocktail.

In Conclusion
This is a really great product and easily equal to many of the great sloe gins. I always appreciate innovation and think that this is a really great example, which has clearly been thoughtfully created to be a great taste of Scotland.

Edinburgh Raspberry Gin is available from Master of Malt and Royal Mile Whiskies for  £15.95 for 50cl

A 20cl version is avaialble from Amazon.co.uk for £10

For a review of the Original Edinburgh Dry Gin please click here.