Seva’s Seagrams Sunday RETURNS! With Seagram’s Pineapple Twisted Gin

So, it’s back! After a brief hiatus, Seagram’s Sunday has returned, thanks to my dear firend in New Jersey, Seva, sending me Segaram’s Twisted Pineapple Gin in a recent care package. Pineapple Gin used to be all the rage but has since fell upon hard times and, as such it featured in our Raiders of the Lost Cocktail Cabinet.

On its own
Nose: Pineapple chunks and a touch of sherbet, with hints of apricot and peach, too. At the end, there’s just a touch of nail polish.
Taste: Pineapple initially, followed by a distinct sweetness and a touch of alcohol. In the middle, the gin appears, fresh and bitter, before a finish of fleshy, juicy fruit.

Gin & Tonic
Not too bad a drink: pineapple comes through quite strongly, tasting like pineapple chunks sweets. Quite nice, really; this tastes – as you would expect – like a pineapple Gin & Tonic. This suggests that it would work very well in other long drinks.

This has a scent of juicy pineapple. An initial sweetness, very much like that of pineapple cubes, is followed by an odd, oily alcohol, before finishing with tinned pineapple fruit. There’s some dryness in the middle. This is quite a sweet Martini, but is exactly what you would expected from a pineapple gin Martini and not bad at all.

Wow! What an awful clash of flavours. I had high hopes for this (Hoxton makes a lovely, if unconventional, Negroni), but this has a mix of flavours with no balance and a horrible, sickly finish.

In Conclusion
I was pleasantly surprised by this pineapple gin, although the Negroni was a disappointment. Having made my own pineapple gin previously, I think that Seagram’s Twisted Pineapple is a good, and far more convenient, alternative to making your own. It has a lot of potential with a lot of appeal in long, mixed drinks with mixers such a lemonade, orange juice and soda water. My favourite drink was the Gin & Tonic.

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.