Once in a while I’m completely swept off my feet by a product I’ve already decided I’m probably not going to enjoy. This happened when I tried That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Spit Roasted Pineapple Gin. Deep gold in colour the liquid has an almost syrupy texture! Alright then I’m going to say it – I’m a drinks snob, there it is, it’s out there. A product that’s akin to a gin liqueur (with the exception of Sloe Gin) is not going to be taken seriously by me, so when I tasted the Pineapple Gin I sat bolt upright and gave it the attention it deserves which was to place an order as quickly as I could.
The drink is like pineapple nectar! Fresh whole pineapples are peeled, coated with demerara sugar and spit roasted so that the sugar caramelises. This is then combined with a gin made using a classic recipe with juniper, coriander, angelica, orange, lemon, nutmeg, cassia, cinnamon, orris and liquorice. The stock arrived last week so I bought a bottle and tried it on some friends, for those with a sweet tooth I served it with Lilt, and then for me and a few others we drank it with Luscombe Grapefruit tonic water. The bottle was emptied that night!
30ml Pineapple Gin
5ml Triple Sec
5ml Elderflower Liqueur
5ml Coconut Cream
3 Dashes Orange Bitters
Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a wedge of pineapple. This cocktail is very different to a pina colada, fruitier and tangy and definitely more decadent.