Fifth State Passion Gin
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Fifth State Passion Gin
Master Distiller Robert Schulten, owner of Fifth State Distillery located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was having fun in the distillery again and created another fabulous gin, Passion Gin, to add to their award-winning line of spirits. Awarded the 2022 and 2021 Connecticut Gin Distillery of the Year by the prestigious New York International Spirits Competition, Fifth State Distillery continues to deliver excellence in every bottle. For his latest Passion Gin, Rob distills passionfruit and having tried it found it to be very versatile in a wide variety of cocktails.

 

Fifth State Passion Gin

Product Information: Fifth State Passion Gin, 47% Alcohol by Volume, 94 proof. Gluten-free. Column-distilled from corn and handcrafted in small batches. 

Bottle Notes: "We are passionate about our gin, so we distilled passionfruit for our latest craft gin. An amazingly smooth gin which creates an enjoyable sweet and slightly tangy experience. Turn up the tropics on your summer's favorite drink. A dramatic gin which is our new flavor. The Fifth State Team" 

Tasting Notes:  The color is crystal clear. On the nose, it has sweet, fruity, and passionfruit notes. On the palate, the richness of the passionfruit comes through with elegance and style, with a smooth, round, and lingering finish. 

Luxury Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating incredibly special handcrafted cocktails to tempt your palate and inspire your own creations using Fifth State Passion Gin. 

Luxury Experience Cocktail Menu 

 

The Cocktail Menu

Luxury Experience - Tropical Passion
Luxury Experience - Candy Cane
Luxury Experience - Snowball Fight

 

The Cocktail Recipes 

Luxury Experience - Tropical Passion - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Tropical Passion
Yield: 1 cocktail
Glass Used: Rocks Glass 

For our cocktail, Luxury Experience - Tropical Passion, we wanted to take your palate on a tropical vacation and treated the gin like cachaça. We muddled limes and fresh pineapple with sugar in a shaker, then added Fifth State Passion Gin and Goya Pineapple Passionfruit nectar. We added ice cubes and thoroughly shook the shaker to incorporate the ingredients then poured it over ice in a rocks glass. (Do not strain the fruit, you want the look and all the flavors.) For the garnish we skewered a lime wheel on a decorative swizzle stick.

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

2
Ounces
0.25
 
Lime, cut into cubes
1
Small
Piece of Fresh Pineapple, cut into cubes
2
Tablespoons
Sugar
1.75
Ounces
 
 
Lime Wheel, garnish

Method: Muddle limes and fresh pineapple with sugar in a shaker, then add Fifth State Passion Gin and Goya Pineapple Passionfruit nectar, add 2 ice cubes, and shake to thoroughly mix the cocktail. Pour cocktail with fruit over ice in a rocks glass. For the garnish, skewer a lime wheel on a decorative swizzle stick. 

Luxury Experience - Candy Cane - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Candy Cane
Yield: 1 cocktail
Glass Used: Martini Glass 

For Luxury Experience - Candy Cane, we created a candy cane syrup with candy canes, that we used in the cocktail and to swirl on top of the cocktail for an impressive finish. We paired Fifth State Passion Gin with cran-raspberry juice, candy cane syrup, and heavy cream to create a festive cocktail. We garnished it with a small candy cane. 

Cocktail Ingredients:
 

2
Ounces
0.50
Ounce
Heavy Cream
1.5
Ounces
Cran-Raspberry Juice
0.25
Ounce
Candy Cane Syrup
 
 
Candy Cane Syrup for Swirl on top
 
 
Candy Cane, garnish

Candy Cane Syrup Ingredients:

0.5
Cup
Candy Cane Powder (see below)
1
Cup
Water

Method for the Candy Cane Syrup: Break up candy canes and pulverize in a blender to create the candy cane powder. Add the powder and water to a small saucepan and bring to boil. Continue to boil until reduced to create a syrup (about one-half to three-quarters of a cup). Let cool. Can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator until ready to use. 

Method for the Cocktail: Chill Martini glass and set aside. Pour the Candy Cane Syrup in a plastic squeeze bottle and swirl some of the syrup on the inside of the glass. To a shaker, add the Fifth State Passion Gin, the Cran-Raspberry Juice, Candy Cane Syrup, heavy cream, and 4 ice cubes, and shake to incorporate the ice into the cocktail. Strain into the Martini glass. Squeeze a small amount of candy cane syrup in a swirl on top of the cocktail, and garnish with a small candy cane. 

Luxury Experience - Snowball Fight - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Snowball Fight
Yield: 1 cocktail
Glass Used: Martini Glass 

What is more fun in winter than having a snowball fight? Perhaps drinking one! For Luxury Experience -Snowball Fight we created a "snowball" by grinding ice in a blender to create "snow", spooned the "snow" into a bowl, and used a large, round ice cream scoop to create the snowball. For the cocktail, we combined Fifth State Passion Gin with (unsweetened) coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, and Farigoule Herbal Thyme Liqueur. We poured the cocktail over our "snowball" in a chilled Martini glass and garnished it with flaked coconut. Let the Luxury Experience - Snowball Fight begin! 

Ingredients:
 

2
Ounces
1
Ounce
Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1
Ounce
Sweetened Condensed Milk
1
Teaspoon
 
 
Flaked Coconut, garnish

Method for the Cocktail: Add all ingredients to a shaker with 4 ice cubes and shake to thoroughly chill the cocktail. Pour cocktail over the "snowball" in a chilled Martini glass and garnish with flaked coconut. 

Until next time, cheers, its cocktail time! 

Fifth State Distillery Information 

Founded by Rob and Bridget Schulten, the award-winning Fifth State Distillery located in Bridgeport, Connecticut has been turning heads with their delectable gluten-free spirits since they opened in 2016. Made from locally grown Connecticut non-GMO corn and distilled in small batches, their artisanal spirits are continuing to win awards with their innovative spirits profiles. "Made with pride in the great state of Connecticut." 

Purchasing Information 

Fifth State Distillery products include: Gin, Seville Gin, Passion Gin, Madagascar Gin, 5th State Premium Vodka, Ginger Zap Vodka, Simply Celery Vodka, CT Maple Whiskey, Barrel Strength Whiskey, Limoncello, Chocolate XS, and Wonderful Water. 

For additional information on Fifth State Distillery as well as purchasing information, please visit their website: www.fifthstatedistillery.com 

Fifth State Distillery Hours: Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Friday - closed, Saturday from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Sunday closed. 

Read about our visit to Fifth State Distillery and more about their exceptional spirits in the Liquor Cabinet section: Touring Fifth State Distillery, Bridgeport, CT, USA, Gin, Ginger Zap Vodka, and Fifth State Seville Gin.  

Fifth State Distiller 

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259 Asylum Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06610
United States
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