Traditional GinMADE BY COLD RIVER IN FREEPORT, MAINE
This gin strikes a perfect balance between the old-school English style (lots of juniper) and the modern American style (quieter juniper, experimental botanicals). Yes, the juniper is pronounced from the get-go, but there's a final savory zing of anise that we’re crazy about.
Cold River distills its gin from potatoes they grow on a small farm in Maine, with water straight from the river they're named after. The potato base gives the gin a richer body and more pronounced heat, so it stands up nicely to strong flavors in cocktails.
tip of the tongue
Just because it's "traditional" doesn't mean you shouldn't do something bold and different! Cold River suggests a "Cilantro Smash," so muddle 6 cilantro leaves and 3/4 oz lime juice, add 3/4 oz simple syrup + 2 oz gin, shake with ice, strain into an ice-filled glass and top with club soda. Garnish with more cilantro and a twist of lime.
Did you know?
Gin can be infused with a wide variety of botanicals, but it MUST contain juniper berries, which are responsible for that distinct, piney, gin-y flavor.