The United States continues to see a major growth in the availability of RTD/Canned Cocktails. Oregon based Rogue Spirits has created their riff on a gin fizz: the Rogue Spirits Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz
It begins from a base of Rogue Spirits Gin. It adds cucumber, limes, cane sugar and fizz. It is canned at 7.5% ABV.
Poured the Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz has a gentle herbal aroma. Green cucumber with hints of unripe Bosc pear and subtle hints of menthol. It’s incredibly fresh and bright.
Sipped, lime zest and fresh, wet cucumber early. Mid-palate hints of poblano green pepper. The finish is long and clean, with fresh vegetal notes and camphor. It’s not very sweet either. The sugar adds just enough to make it easy to drink, but it’s never nears cloying. The level of sweetness is close to a tonic water such as Q or Fever Tree Light.
The finish is moderately long, with a dull warmth that suggests to me the flavor of jalapeno peppers (but not the capsaicin).
Overall, Rogue Spirits Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz
The market continues to diversify. There’s far more high quality options out there for gin drinks who like cans and prefer something less bitter.
That being said, Rogue Spirits Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz is a bit light on the juniper. The bright vegetable flavors (especially from the cucumber) lend itself nicely to summer sipping. While the heavy vegetal emphasis might be esoteric, fans of that flavor (especially fans of the Hendrick’s or Martin Miller’s and soda) will find a lot to like here.
Overall, quite good and there’s nothing else quite like it on the American RTD scene.