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Introducing Cold River Gin ~ the Only Ground-to-Glass Gin in the World

By R. Peltier

The artisan producers of Maine-made Cold River Vodka and Cold River Blueberry Vodka have just added an upscale new spirit, Cold River Gin, to their award-winning product line.  Two years in the making, the gin joins Cold River Vodkas as the only all-natural, ground-to-glass, gluten-free gin and vodka products in the world.

Like Cold River Vodka, Cold River Gin is handcrafted and batch-distilled in a copper pot still in Freeport, Maine. The gin’s distillation process yields a very high-proof alcohol, which, when blended with the same water that is used in the vodka blending, results in an exceptional, ultra-smooth, traditional-style gin.

“We use seven traditional botanicals in Cold River Gin,” noted Chris Dowe, head distiller at Maine Distilleries.  “In addition to Juniper Berries, Coriander, and Lemon and Orange Peel, we’re incorporating Orris Root, Angelica Root and Cardamom.  While Juniper is the most dominant of the spices, it is not overpowering. It’s quickly followed by lemon and orange and just a bit of cardamom to give a very smooth, warm and savory finish.”

In terms of tasting notes, the gin’s nose is juniper-forward, resinous, bracing, and fresh, according to Dowe, who added that supporting the juniper are citrus and coriander, followed by an appropriately floral earthiness. The taste perfectly balances juniper and bitter lemon with sweet orange and aromatic coriander. Juniper flavors deepen in the mid-palate and are complemented by the rich bitterness of angelica root and cardamom. The finish is long, warm, and dry, full of clean juniper flavor, earthy bitterness, and cardamom spice.

Delicious on its own, Cold River Gin also blends wonderfully in mixed drinks:

Northern Negroni
2 oz. Cold River Gin
Splash sweet vermouth
Splash Campari
Serve on the rocks with a twist
The Green Field
2 oz. Cold River Gincold-river-gin-copy
Splash Green Chartreuse, splash simple syrup
Finish with club soda
Serve on the rocks with a mint leaf

Gin & Pimm’s
2 oz. Cold River Gin
Splash of Pimm’sNo. 1
Splash of club soda
Serve on the rocks with a twist
Cold River Collins
2 oz. Cold River Gin
1 oz. lemon juice, 1 oz. simple syrup
Finish with club soda
Serve over ice with a cherry

Gin & Tonic
2 oz. Cold River Gin
Double splash fine tonic
Serve on the rocks with a twist

The North End
2 oz. Cold River Gin
1 oz. lemon juice, 1 oz. simple syrup, muddled basil
Finish with club soda
Serve over ice in a Collins glass

The Maine Vesper
2 oz. Cold River Gin
1 oz. Cold River Vodka
Splash of Lillet
Shake over ice, strain, serve with twist

Cold River Pegu Club
2 oz. Cold River Gin
Splash of Cointreau
Splash of fresh lime juice
Dash of cocktail bitters, dash of orange bitters
Shake on ice, strain, pour, garnish with orange twist

Cold River Cilantro
2 oz. Cold River Gin
Fresh cilantro, muddled
Splash of simple syrup
Splash of fresh lime juice
Shake on ice, strain, pour
Garnish with cilantro & lime twist

Cold River Greyhound
2 oz. Cold River Gin
3 oz. Grapefruit juice
Serve on ice in a Collins glass

The Earl’s Cold River
2 oz. Cold River Gin
Splash of iced Earl Grey tea
Splash of simple syrup
Serve on the rocks
Garnish with lemon twist

Cold River Gin Blossom
2 oz. Cold River Gin
Splash of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Shake on ice, strain, pour
Garnish with lemon twist

Cold River Gin Toddy
2 oz. Cold River Gin
Hot Earl Grey tea
Sweeten to taste
Serve with lemon

Cold River Gin is available at Armsby Abbey, Mass Liquors, and KJ Baarons in Worcester, at Romaine’s in Northborough, and at Grafton Liquors in Grafton. For more information, including other locations where you can enjoy and purchase Cold River Gin, please visit www.mainedistilleries.com.

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