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Old 12-27-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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Default Juniper Raspberry Mead?

Would these flavors work together at all?

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Old 12-28-2011, 08:01 AM   #2
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Would these flavors work together at all?
Raspberry can produce a dominant flavour if used on it's own, hence it's often a good one to mix with other fruit to balance the taste.

As for Juniper ? Well it would give the taste some "gin like" quality, unless you used just a hint.....

I've not seen it mentioned as a regularly used ingredient/flavouring though.
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Try adding a bit of rasberry juice to some gin & tasting, that'll give you a rough idea if it'll work or not. Could be good, you never know till you try. When I first heard of a mojito, I thought "lime & mint together? BLECH!" but as fate would have it, lime & mint work wonderfully together in a mojito! Maybe rasberry gin is the next hot ticket item.
Be sure to post your results, I'm curious to see how it turns out.
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:54 PM   #4
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Try adding a bit of rasberry juice to some gin & tasting, that'll give you a rough idea if it'll work or not. Could be good, you never know till you try. When I first heard of a mojito, I thought "lime & mint together? BLECH!" but as fate would have it, lime & mint work wonderfully together in a mojito! Maybe rasberry gin is the next hot ticket item.
Be sure to post your results, I'm curious to see how it turns out.
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Now that's a damn fine idea. I hadn't thought of that.......

On the other hand, raspberry isn't the sort of flavouring I have hanging around the house......

p.s. With the mojito analogy, is it the mix of mint and lime, or the mint, lime and rum that go well together. Half the time, seemingly strange combo's of flavour are a cultural thing and if it's not your world, then some can seem very, very strange - with that in mind, I'll give you quite a "cheffy" mix to think about i.e. Strawberry, with a tiny amount of black pepper.....
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:08 PM   #5
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I recently did a Raspberry Thyme and it turned out spectacular. The two are powerful scents and flavors but if you go low on the Thyme it complements it big time. I had thought of a raspberry basil or even a raspberry fennel. Not one for peppers.

I get much of my inspiration from desert spice/fruit combinations. Pear Nutmeg was a big hit.

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On the other hand, raspberry isn't the sort of flavouring I have hanging around the house......
Me either, I'm guessing he has some berries tho & could crush some in a glass, then add a splash of gin. If all else fails, he could take some berries or berry puree to a bar, order a shot or 2 of gin & mix it up.

When I started experimenting with caraway seed, I boiled some in a bit of water & added the resulting liquid to apple juice to see if the 2 flavours were compatible. Maybe the OP could so something like that with juniper berries?

BTW, the caraway thing was a VERY rough idea, but it turned out quite well; I was really surprised that caraway went with apple so well; I add it to about 1/2 my ciders now.
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Cranberry and gin work very well together, so raspberry ought to be in the same neighborhood.

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Cranberry and gin work very well together, so raspberry ought to be in the same neighborhood.
ha ha! well cranberry isn't as "big" a flavour here is it might end up being (cranberry sauce sold at this time of year to go with turkey etc, as well as the easily available "Ocean Spray" range of juices).

I wouldn't have thought about trying it with Gin, but this years annual booze adverts (only usually seen during the christmas period here) have used cranberry juice as a suggested mixer for a number of "drink" types. I suspect that they've just used it as a convenient way of trying to increase their sales.

Might give it a go though.......
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Thanks for the input everyone!

Here is the recipe that I think we will be going with.

For a one Gallon Batch

2lb. Honey
.1 oz Juniper Berries
1lb Raspberries

When should I be adding the juniper? I figured raspberries would be added in the secondary, but I am not sure about the juniper.

Thanks for all the help!

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Assuming those are dried juniper berries, I'd crack 'em with a rolling pin & add 'em in secondary with the berries.
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