To be considered a Gin, it needs to have that juniper flavor we all know and love. But did you know some other spirits have a juniper-forward flavor that isn’t gin?
Sometimes you crave that piney flavor in a cocktail but don’t want to make a G&T or a Gimlet. These 7 spirits have a juniper taste but aren’t considered gins. Perfect for those who enjoy that flavor but don’t want the dry edge.
If you fall under that category, check out one of these 7 gins below.
The original flavor is a blend of juniper, citrus, and floral botanicals. It’s low calorie and made completely without sugar. The sweetness of the spirit comes from licorice botanical. The spirit comes out clear because the oils that add to the flavor and smell of the liquid are evaporated and the color of each botanical is left behind.
This liqueur is a remarkable and versatile spirit that can be used in any mixed drink for an exotic twist. Made with four main botanicals, juniper, ginger, guarana, and green tea, for a delicious blend and unique flavor. Cocalero uses a specialized steam distillation process that was created by the perfume industry to extract the complex flavors and essentials oils for the botanicals.
Junique Juniper & Wine
This Greek aperitif is created with white wine and a natural juniper extract. A fresh and earthy flavor that has a delicious bitterness. This can be enjoyed straight, on the rock, or mixed in a unique cocktail for those who love that juniper taste.
William Fox Juniper Spirit
William Fox was founded by drink enthusiasts in England who wanted high-quality, colorless, and preservative-free syrups. This juniper-forward syrup will enhance any cocktail. It can be added to a mocktail for that gin feeling.
Kranewitt Vinars da Ginaiver (Juniper Brandy)
Attention brandy lovers! This is the perfect juniper-forward brandy for those who want a pine-like flavor but aren’t gin fans. Originally the brand was only available in the historic Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz, however, it has expanded and made itself known around the world.
Rapa Giovanni Ratafia di Andorno Juniper
This liqueur has a distinct herbal quality that pairs nicely with most spirits. In Piedmont, Italy, it has been customary to infuse juniper berries into alcohol since the beginning of the 18th century.
Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur
All of the alpine flavors and natural earthy red colors of this liqueur come from the freshly picked fruit of the Arolla Stone Pine that is grown in the Austrian Alps. This fresh and sweet drink has smooth layers of berry fruit and a pine backbone that gives a slightly minty freshness. Perfect to add to tonic or soda or into cocktails.