Apple Gin is not a new creation. Once a more common cocktail ingredient, it has since been exiled to the furthest corners of the bar and liquor shelf.
The most common question to would-be-buyers of Apple Gin is “what on earth do I do with it.” Well hopefully, I’ll help offer a couple of suggestions later on. But in the meantime, let’s get to the tasting notes:
Faint apple juice and faux jolly rancher green apple on the nose. That’s about all. Not a lot of depth, you might confuse it for apple liqueur, of [my first guess], green bottles of apple flavored martini mix. The taste is a bit more of the same, with some juniper tinge on the finish. Sweet apple dominates, hints of citrus and spice on the edges. Doesn’t really push the envelope on the subject. It’s more apple liqueur. Reads as “fake,” which I think hurts it a bit in terms of what you can do with it.
With tonic its palatable, but more of the same. The bitterness helps quell the fake apple taste a tad, but not enough to make folks who turned their up at the nose to come back around again. I’ve often seen the suggestion of using it as a mixer with ginger ale. It’s certainly very drinkable, but I don’t think it really goes far enough to balance the apple flavor. For that, we need some drinks.
I mixed with with some St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, about 2 parts gin to 1 part St. Germain. Not too bad, the Elderflower does take over the taste, but you get these nice apple notes in the background, and oddly, it emphasizes the tad of a juniper in here. I’d actually recommend this in the sense that it’s a decent very floral gin drink. Top with soda water and this might appeal to gin hold outs. Gin aficionados, this is among the best drinks I’ve made with this spirit, but it’s not wowing me. The gimlet was another drink where I think this was better than expected. Two somewhat cloying notes combine to balance each other just a bit. Nice lime and apple notes, a bit of juniper. I have a hard time putting my finger on a deeper flavor here- I know these summaries are quite literal- but that apple note. It reads really only as apple.
I tried a martini as well, but came away unimpressed. The martini, I actually think the herbs of the Vermouth play nicely with a note like the apple, but it still just kind of feels like cough drops and jolly ranchers.
I will give passing marks to the Negroni as well. Interesting, with Campari and Vermouth dominating most of the palate, but the apple creeps on the edges of the finish, surprisingly subtle. Notes of almost baked apple-raspberry pie here. Nice.
Price: $19/ 1.75L
Origin: [flag code=”US” size=”16″ text=”no”] United States
Best consumed: Negroni, or with Elderflower Liqueur.
Availability: Across the US
Rating: Cloying fake apple, but really the only apple flavored gin out there. I wish it was more authentic [to the taste of apples] or had a tad more juniper in it. Likely more appealing to the pour with a mixer crowd than the cocktail crowd.
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