Green Hat Summer Cup
Green Hat // Washington DC, USA
“Cups” are a popular English tradition of combining gin with a variety of extra botanicals, herbs, spices, fruit, and some sort of sweetener. By far the market leader is Pimm’s, but the craft gin boom in America and abroad has ushered in a handful of competitors. Cue Washington DC’s Green Hat gin and their Summer Cup. The gin base is the distillery’s navy-strength gin which is combined with DC’s local Capitoline White Vermouth among a slew of other flavorful components. The traditional way to enjoy is with lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.
Fruit LiqueursFruit(s) is the the dominant flavor for the liqueur. Often, but not always, the primary fruit flavor will be listed on the bottle. And sometimes the fruit will be listed in French. The base spirit is often neutral spirit, but other liquors such as brandy can be used. Sugar is added before bottling. ABV varies widely.
"Initially one notices that this a more amber/toffee colored beverage than the deep, dark-toned Pimm’s. The aromatics are also much more floral-driven with hints of blooming yellow flowers, earl grey tea, fresh lemon peel, and cardamom. Surprisingly, juniper only shows up a whisper. The palate has great concentration helped by it’s higher alcohol level compared to the industry standard. There is certainly a sweetness, but it is balanced and very pleasantly eases into a glass of ginger ale."