Here, two emergent trends in tonic collide: first, the trend towards tonic syrups: concentrated, sweet, herbal concoctions designed to be diluted with soda water before drinking. The second trend is that of “companion” tonics: that is tonics made by distillers, crafted in such a way that it perfectly compliments the spirit.
Pinckney Bend has designed a tonic to compliment their Pinckney Bend Gin. They are the only companion tonic syrup on the market right now, but others have pushed this idea forward in the past.
As you know by know, the “recipe” or ratios that are recommended vary from tonic to tonic. Here is Pinckney Bend’s:
1 part Pinckney Bend Gin
1 part Tonic Syrup
4 parts Soda water
stir, and garnish with a lime wedge.
Thoughts: most tonic syrup ratios advocate for 2 parts of their gin. This is a case where “companion” should be taken quite seriously to understand. Their gin is a little stronger than most [93 proof] and has a good deal of heat. For companion purposes, I think this ratio works. For other gins, I’d suggest perhaps looking a bit closer to the 3 parts soda, 2 parts gin, 1 part tonic, that most bottles lean towards.
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For those of you who can’t get enough gelatin in their gin, we’re back with another post and another type of “Jelly Shot.” Today we take a look at a slight variation on the Tom Collins: the Bees Knees. There’s many cocktails that have different names with only a change in one ingredient. If you swap the sugar/simple syrup in a Tom Collins for honey, then you have the Bees Knees.
These are slightly sweeter, and have a warmer mouth feel. Honey doesn’t just sweeten, but it adds a little richness. While the cocktail is vastly different due to the change of one ingredient, the Jello shots are slightly different. But definitely more robust.
Again special thanks to my friend Laura who so kindly made the shots [which were excellent] and documented the process with precision [also excellent].
Bees Knees Jello Shot
2/3 cup lemon syrup
1/3 cup honey
2/3 cup gin [and again, we used Pinckney Bend for our jello shots]
Ingredients of Bees Knees shots: Lemon syrup (still not salsa), honey (shown twice because I measured it before I took this picture), gin, gelatin, cookbook.
Adding a little food coloring so you can tell the Bees Knees and Tom Collins shots apart.
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A little bit of a new feature here on The Gin is In. We’re going to look at “One Good Cocktail” for every gin that we review here at the Gin is In. Right now we’re combining our two most recent writeups. Tomr’s Tonic and Missouri’s Pinckney Bend Gin.
My favorite thing about Tomr’s tonic is the way that it makes this rich looking cocktail. I put it in a beer stein for dramatic effect. The dark and cloudy color reminds me a bit of a good IPA, something which I’ve had to give up due to my gluten intolerance. I digress, back to the drink.
This cocktail has a bold citrus punch. Tomr’s and Pinckney bend pay respects to their primary flavor requirements (Quinine and Juniper, respectively) but both opt for a more citrus forward take. The outcome? A relatively strong citrusy- lemon and orange primarily- gin and tonic. Spare the lime, this combination does all of the good work on its own.
1GD: Tomr’s Kayaking trip around the Pinckney Bend
3 Parts of Seltzer
2 Parts of Pinckney Bend Gin
1 Part of Tomr’s Tonic Syrup
Stir together, and serve over ice.
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Organic gin is something that we’re seeing more and more of, especially within the American microdistillery scene. Pinckney Bend has nine botanicals, each of them certified organic and all of them including the wheat in the gin’s base are American grown. In fact everything about this gin, right down to the glass of the bottle is made in the states.
Additionally, Map geeks such as myself will likely appreciate the beautiful map on the label as well showing those of us unacquainted with Missouri geography (myself included) where exactly Pinckney Bend is. Now on to the gin:
The nose is hot, with an overwhelming alcohol scent. Though there are pleasant and subtle notes of citrus- predominantly orange, the alcohol scent overwhelms them a bit. At 46.5%, that there is a distinct heat on the nose isn’t unsurprising, but when compared to other gins which clock in at over 40%, I’d say Pinckney Bend might be one that betrays its intensity on the nose more strongly than others.
On to the Taste
The tasting begins with a slight earth note of cinnamon which lasts only a half a second before the heat and the citrus take over.
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