Gabriel Boudier’s Saffron Infused Gin

saffron-ginI mentioned at a party over the weekend that I had bought Saffron infused gin, and the reaction was an assortment of “really?!”, “I don’t think that goes together,” and “I’m skeptical but I’ll try it anyway.”

I’m on board with all three reactions to an extent.

First up is the color. It looks something like a children’s drink resembling Pedialyte or those orange hugs. I had the same sort of cognitive dissonance when drinking the Tru gin. If my Gin and Tonic isn’t crystal clear, it doesn’t feel like a gin and tonic.

As for the taste it goes surprisingly well in a gin and tonic, but prepare not to fully experience the saffron. In a gin and tonic, the saffron and fennel come through, but in a balanced manner. There’s a strange sweet taste- not bad, just strange, almost as if there was already simple syrup in the gin. Despite the sweet undertone, this gin does not go well in a Tom Collins, Martini nor in any other drink that has a strong sweet or sour component.  The flavors seem to clash with one another. Dare I say, I found the perfect gin for a Churchhill Martini, or even to be sipped on the rocks. Honestly, these two methods are probably your best bet for really appreciating the subtle saffron flavor that seems to really come out as you sip it.

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by John_W.

We bought this Gin on a lark at our local liquor store, but really didn't know what to do with it! I've ready many negative reviews of this Gin, especially when used for a Gin and Tonic. The issue is, that the use of Saffron, rather than Juniper, makes this unlike any other Gin I've every had. The base spirit is very good, like an excellent Vodka, the saffron is very light and easily overpowered by both tonic and lime.My favorite use of this Gin is a 3-to-1 ratio of good quality soda to Gabriel Boudier's Saffron Gin, generally in a highball glass over ice. Very refreshing with a light saffron note.

Last updated February 22nd, 2010 by Aaron

8 thoughts on “Gabriel Boudier’s Saffron Infused Gin

  • February 25, 2011by Kate

    Saffron Infused gin:

    Thought you might expand you gin drinking horizons and move into the 21st Century.
    The Gabriel Boudier Saffron Infused Gin (US Labeling), in my opinion appeals to the modern cocktail drinker and allows mixologists a chance to create wonderful gin inspired cocktail that go beyond the classics.
    A local California mixologist introduced us to a wonderful martini made with the saffron gin called a Saffron Peach Martini- GB Saffron gin, fresh lemon, DaVinci Peach Syrup, Agave Nectar, shaken and garnished with fresh or frozen peach slice– wonderfully refreshing martini. also on line searches produced some other very tasty drink recipes for a very flavorful but different gin

  • February 16, 2013by Lesley Hayward-Mudge

    I started drinking GB’s Saffron Gin about 2 years ago and absolutely love the stuff. Big glass, chunk of lime, lots of rocks up to the top, 100ml gin, 200ml tea tree tonic, twirl with a stirrer and slurp.

  • December 25, 2013by CJ Schneider

    I am with the GB Saffron gin lovers here. It doesn’t work in a dry martini but makes a fantastic g & t . A good tonic will balance the sweetnes and bring out the herbs. To enjoy more of the saffron I just pour it over ice.

  • April 24, 2014by Geoff

    The Saffron Gin & Tonic works best for me with a slice of orange in preference to lime or lemon. Also very good in a Negroni with an orange twist again.

  • June 26, 2014by Carol

    I too am a Saffron fan, my ‘treat’ gin, agree better without lemon or lime, will try the orange though.

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  • December 19, 2016by Sam

    I love this Saffron Gin mixed with a ginger beer and some ice….absolutely perfect!

  • April 15, 2017by Tony

    I have been into Saffron Gin for a few years . I like it with an orange slice and something like fever tree tonic

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