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Nominated for Tales of the Cocktail 2008 Spirit Award for Best Cocktail Writing

Fifth State Gin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Fifth State Gin
Fifth State Gin is an American premium gin "made with pride in the great state of Connecticut." Owned by Master Distiller Robert Schulten and his wife Bridget Schulten, Fifth State Distillery has been handcrafting their line of award-winning spirits since 2016. Gin is a very diverse and unique spirit as the taste is based on the blend of botanicals and spices used. While juniper is always an ingredient, some gins have a stronger juniper flavor profile, while others are softer on the palate. Like chefs in a kitchen, each master distiller has their own preference. Master Distiller Rob Schulten uses juniper, coriander, cinnamon quills, angelica root, lemon peel, and green pod cardamom for his award-winning Fifth State Gin, and it is delicious.

Fifth State GinProduct Information: Fifth State Gin, 47 % Alcohol by Volume, 94-proof. Gluten-free. Handcrafted in small batches.  

Bottle Notes: "Our award-winning gin is made with a balanced blend of select botanicals including juniper, coriander, cinnamon quills, angelica root, lemon peel, and green pod cardamom. Botanicals are vapor infused and delicately combined with spirits that we distill from Connecticut corn. Our gin is truly local. Made with pride in the great state of Connecticut."  

Tasting Notes: This 3-time silver medalist is column distilled and bottled at 94 proof (47% alcohol by volume). The gin has a very aromatic nose with floral and herbal notes, with juniper dominant on the palate that leads to coriander, cardamon, lemon, and angelica, for a very pleasing finish.  

Fifth State Gin is lovely to keep in the refrigerator and serve neat or over ice and is an admirable companion in a variety of cocktail and culinary recipes.  

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

Luxury Experience Cocktail and Culinary Menu 

The Cocktail Menu

Luxury Experience - G & 2T

Luxury Experience - Summer Sangria 

The Culinary Menu

Luxury Experience - Green Pea with Cappuccino Foam Soup

The Cocktail Recipes 

Luxury Experience - G & 2T - photo by Luxury Experience 

Luxury Experience - G & 2T takes a traditional Gin and Tonic (G & T) and gives it some extra pizzaz with the addition of Goya Tamarind juice and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. 

Luxury Experience - G & 2T

Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Rocks Glass 

Cocktail Ingredients:

Fifth State Gin
Goya Tamarind Nectar
Fresh Lime Juice
Lime Wedge, garnish

Method: Add the Fifth State Gin, tamarind juice, tonic, and squeeze of lime to a mixing glass. Stir to combine. Pour into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge. 

Luxury Experience - Summer Sangria - photo by Luxury Experience 

Luxury Experience - Summer Sangria made with Fifth State Gin, Vento Di Mare Certified Organic Pinot Grigio, fresh pineapple, lime, and lemon juice, and homemade mint syrup tastes like liquid summer in a glass. Add fresh strawberries and cut pineapple to a large pitcher and chill. 

Luxury Experience - Summer Sangria

Yield: Pitcher  

Cocktail Ingredients:

Fifth State Gin
Vento Di Mare Organic Pinot Grigio
Pineapple Juice
Lime Juice
Lemon Juice
Mint Simple Syrup
Fresh Strawberries, halved
Fresh Pineapple, cubed

Method: Mix all ingredients except fruit in a large pitcher. Add fruit. Chill for at least 1-hour prior to serving. 

Mint Simple Syrup Ingredients:

Fresh Mint

Method for the Dill Simple Syrup: Add water, sugar, and mint to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil until the liquid is clear and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator until ready to serve. May be made 1- week ahead. Simple syrup is a great addition to cocktails, to sweeten iced tea or lemonade, brush on cake layers before frosting, and can also be used in dressings or marinades. 

The Culinary Recipe 

Luxury Experience - Fresh Green Pea Soup with Cappuccino Foam is made from fresh or frozen petite peas to retain a bright green color. Fifth State Gin, leeks, lemon juice, and chicken bouillon or chicken stock make this a favorite and easy recipe. Serve chilled for a perfect warm weather starter, or hot during colder months. We love to serve the soup in demi-tasse cups as an amuse bouche or appetizer for parties. 

Luxury Experience - Green Pea with Cappuccino Foam Soup - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Fresh Green Pea Soup with Cappuccino Foam

Yield: 3 Cups  

Soup Ingredients:


Leeks, white and light green parts, small dice
Frozen Green Petite Peas
Chicken Bouillon or Chicken Stock
Fresh Lemon Juice
Fifth State Gin
Pink Himalayan Salt, Pepper, to taste
Lemon Rind, thinly sliced for garnish

Method for the Soup: Add the butter to a large pot, turn heat to low to melt butter. Add the leeks, cover, turn heat to medium, and sweat until the leeks are translucent. Add the peas and saute for 2 minutes, add chicken bouillon or stock and cook until peas are tender but not mushy. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth. Add the lemon juice and Fifth State Gin. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Strain and discard solids. Serve chilled or warm. May be made a few hours ahead to let flavors meld. 

Method for Cappuccino Foam: Add 2% milk to a frother and process until foamy. 

Presentation: Pour soup into demi-tasse cups, top with the foam, and garnish with lemon zest. 

Some Fifth State Distillery products are only available for purchase at the distillery: Limoncello, Orangecello, Chocolate XS, Chocolate Orange XS, Cinnamon Zap Vodka, Seville Gin, Moonshine, and Barrel Strength Whiskey. 

Fifth State Distillery products that can be purchased throughout the state of Connecticut include: Gin, Ginger Zap Vodka, Vodka, Simply Celery Vodka, CT Maple Whiskey, Wonderful Water (Nutmeg Liqueur), and Hand Sanitizer. 

Until next time, cheers, its cocktail time! 

Bridget and Robert Schulten - Fifth State Distillery - photo by Luxury Experience
Bridget and Robert Schulten 

For additional information on Fifth State Distillery as well as purchasing information please visit their website: 

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. 

Fifth State Distillery - Bridgeport, CT USA  

Fifth State Distillers
259 Asylum Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06610
United States
Telephone: +1-203-258-3422
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Instagram: @fifthstatedistillery
Twitter: @5thStateDistill 

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