Review: Right Gin

Review: Right Gin


Who knew they made gin in Sweden?

Right Gin may in fact be the only gin from Sweden, but remember that gin is really just flavored vodka, which Sweden certainly knows from Adam.

The flavor choices here are largely traditional — juniper, coriander, cardamom, and a variety of citrus botanicals (including lemon as well as bitter orange, bergamot, and lime) — but the real surprise in Right Gin is the addition of black pepper — yes, black pepper like the stuff on your dining table.

First sip offers up-front citrus, and orange peel is strong on the nose, too. Juniper is moderate but fades away quickly. And then that pepper kicks in. It’s extremely strange, and so unexpected it’s difficult to place properly when you taste it in a gin. I’m glad Right told me they use pepper in the blend or I would have had a tough time placing it. But once you realize that’s what you’re tasting, you can almost taste nothing else in it, at least after the initial citrus punch fades away.

The pepper character makes Right — which, on the whole, is quite drinkable — somewhat inflexible as a cocktail ingredient. It might work better in a gibson than a martini, for example, and isn’t really cut out for fruit-oriented cocktails like a casino. Right’s best concoction? Probably a good-old gin and tonic, where pepper actually enhances the drink.

80 proof.

B / $40

Right Gin




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. liam on March 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    As a highly talented mixologist who has succumbed to the taste of right gin; I find it very unusual (and not in the cucumber way so said hendricks !!!). If you find it hard to mix something which has a a strong citrus flavour profile as about 99 percent of cocktails are citrus based then perhaps you need to go back to basics. I would love to know who wrote the initial review and has he/she tried a white lady or a avaition /blue moon or all the classics and how classic is a casino?

  2. Christopher Null on March 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Liam – I write all the reviews here. As for an aviation, it is basically the same thing as a casino (sometimes you see a little creme de violette in an aviation). Recipes vary for both, but you’ll find my usual recipe here:

  3. Anonymous on March 31, 2010 at 4:22 pm


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