Pairing Cigars & Alcohol – Mickey Ginn Liquor

Pairing Cigars & Alcohol – Mickey Ginn Liquor
Date: June 2024
Author: Inspector X

Cigars and alcohol. Two luxury products that go hand in hand, and sometimes even meet on business level. Aging tobacco in whisky, rum, or cognac barrels is a practice several brands do to achieve extra flavour to the wrapper for certain lines. The famous bourbon brand Maker’s Mark has their own cigar, sold in tubes with the signature wax coating. Drew Estate works with Pappy van Winkle and used to make Kahlua cigars. Mombacho used to have the Diplomatico series but Mombacho no longer exists. General Cigars works with Sazerac, which resulted in Fireball cigars, Weller by Cohiba and collaborations with Buffalo Trace. And there is the Diesel Whisky Row, a collaboration with Rabbit Hole Distilleries. Fratello Cigars also sells craft beer. Most famous are probably the Cuban collaboration between Martell Cognac and Cohiba. Dominique London, the European retailer with more than 20 shops in the UK, Belgium, Switzerland and the Canary Islands takes it one step further. They bought a distillery in Wales and produce whisky, gin, rum, vodka and liquors.

Mickey Ginn

Okay, I will admit, this bottle I bought on accident. I was ordering liquor online and with checkout a pop-up showed up with a great offer on this bottle of Mickey Ginn. I thought “hey, a Gin I never had, and it’s dirt cheap, let’s add it to the cart” without realizing it wasn’t gin but a gin style liquor with a low ABV. It is only 14% in ABV, 28 proof for our American readers. And it is distilled with pink grapefruit and juniper. It is an Irish brand, made by the Mickey Finn Liquor Company.

Between 1896 and 1903, the Lone Star & Palm Gardens Saloon in Chicago served a gin liquor combined with fruit called the Mickey Ginn, it was a riff on the name of the owner, Mickey Finn. Now, instead of discarding the bottle, let’s write about it with an open mind and see if it’s actually a nice drink.

Neat

As always, I try this in a Glencairn, to me the best glass to try a new spirit. The nose is fruity and sweet, but in a kind of artificial way. Like berries, but a bit odd. The drink is sour, fresh but sour. Almost like vinegar, red wine vinegar. I would suggest you toss this drink and just smoke a cigar, but if you don’t want to take that advice and keep drinking, go for a strong and bold smoke to overpower the flavour of this poison.

Gin & Tonic

This could be the perfect gin & tonic for people that are on a diet. This gin-style liquor has half the calories of gin. 100ml of this gin only has 120 calories. Even diluted with tonic, this cocktail has a strong sour aroma, again like vinegar. I am worried even before I take a sip. There is an artificial sweetness, but the sour flavour still dominates. It is less terrible compared to the neat version, but it is still horrible. I would pair this with an Alec Bradley Double Broadleaf or a Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill.

And now for the gin tonic recipe:
2 ounces of 60ml of gin
4 ounces or 120ml of Tonic water
Fill a Collins or a Copa glass with ice. Add the gin, then the tonic and stir gently.

Pink Ginn & Sonnic

Neat this was a horrible drink. As a Gin & Tonic it was still horrible but less horrible due to the dilution. So I hope that with further dilution, this might actually become tolerable. The nose is actually pleasant now, fruity and sweet. The sourness is still there, but so far diluted that it’s not overpowering anymore. There is still a slight sour flavour with some fruity sweetness. But due to the ratio of the gin and the tonic and soda, this cocktail tastes like flavoured water. Flavoured with artificial grapes and lemon. It’s still not pleasant, but also not unpleasant anymore. Pair this with a creamy Sobremesa Brulee, Joya Antaño CT or Undercrown Shade and you might enjoy it.

And now for Pink Ginn Sonic recipe:
2 ounces or 60ml of Gin
4 ounces or 120ml of Club Soda
4 ounce or 120ml of Tonic
Garnish: Fresh strawberries

Add all the ingredients into a large glass with ice, stir carefully and enjoy.

Inspector X

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