With the winter holidays underway, adding a bit of pine to your drinks can be a fun and festive way to get in the spirit!
Pine flavors can be bit or miss depending on use and intensity. When used well, it can be light, refreshing, and interesting adding a dynamic flavor to drinks of all types. When used poorly, pine can easily take on an astringent quality and become too much like cleaning solution.
Adding pine flavor can be done in a few ways. You can go homemade and try an infused simple syrup like we made here. You can also opt for all kinds of pine leaning spirits, or even pine flavored beers. To get you inspired, we’re sharing some of our current favorites as well as a unique cocktail from Chilled 100 member Zev Glesta.
By Chilled 100 Member Zev Glesta
“A play on the mojito, muddling celery rather than mint. Fresh, vibrant and savory it’s a well rounded highball with plenty of kick and a unique flavor. The main spirit is Damsoul pine soju. Which has a beautiful tang and an offering of sappy sweetness… not like pine sap more of a potpourri.
The cocktail is made by muddling a thumbs worth of celery. I found that not many interpretations of celery (tinctures, dry spice or syrup) beat the actual vegetable. The fresh saltiness of celery pairs well with the pine soju, boosting each other’s flavor combined. I think pine is a fun flavor to work with, you have to be careful with such an assertive flavors as they can easily make the drink a monotoned one trick pony.”
- 2 dashes saline solution (1:10)
- 1/4 oz. Midori
- 1/2 oz. Mint Syrup * (1 bunch of mint leaf steeped in 1 quart of simple syrup)
- 3/4 oz. Lime Juice
- 2 oz. of Damsoul Pine Soju
- Muddled Celery (A thumbs worth)
- Soda Water
Preparation: Muddle celery and combine all liquids. Shake and double strain. Pour into a highball glass and top with ice and soda water. Garnish with celery leaf and mint.
Damsoul Pine Soju
Made from a rice spirit brewed with pine and spruce needles, this refreshing soju offers a nuanced and unique flavor with a hint of sancho pepper and juniper.
Roots of Ruin Gin
For a lighter take on pine, Castle & Key’s Root ofRuin Gin features notes of soft pine that mesh beautifully with florals and baking spices. This gin starts as rye whiskey before being double distilled and infused with seven native herbs and botanicals.
60 Minute IPA
Its the perfect time of year to try a pine beer! Many craft breweries release a pine-themed winter option, but for a year-round pine flavor try Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA. Originally released in 2003, this hop-forward brew became an instant classic.