When we talk about gin, juniper is really the star. But something wonderful happens when we replace the juniper. But first, we need to explain what juniper berries are.
We’ll tell you a secret, junipers berries aren’t berries at all! They’re actually the cones of the juniper shrub. And you know what else has cones? Pines, firs, spruce and redwoods! Juniper, just like these other trees, is a cone-bearing conifer. And the cool thing about conifers is that most are edible and each has a unique aroma.
Why do we bring this up? Well, we are obsessed with conifers and for us juniper is just the beginning. Spruce, firs, cedars and the mighty redwood, are all conifers we want to put into our spirits.
Now if you can remember, a spirit cannot be called gin if it does not have juniper. And our conifer spirits are not gin. They are inspired by gin and they are the step beyond gin.
So if you are a seasoned gin drinker and want to expand your palate, check out our double gold winning, best of class Terrapin Spruce. This is a spirit inspired by gin, it contains classic gin botanicals such as coriander, angelica root and bay leaves but we replaced the juniper with a different conifer. Spruce tips make up over 80% of this spirit and lends a fresh, herbal quality.
If you are curious about what is happening in modern gin, we recommend our award winning Terrapin Gin. This is an American Style gin that deemphasizes juniper and makes rose petals, star anise and lemon peels the star!
And of course, a cocktail made with our Terrapin Spruce to celebrate the beginning something exciting.
Spruce Tip Martini
3oz Terrapin Spruce
1/4oz Dry Vermouth
Pour ingredients into mixing glass with ice. Stir well. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel.