Review: Dorothy Parker Gin

Review: Dorothy Parker Gin

If you want to hijack a dead celebrity’s identity to brand your booze, you could do a lot worse than Dorothy Parker, the caustic wit of the Algonquin Round Table and, by all accounts, a legendary drinker (with a taste for martinis later in life).

Dorothy Parker New York Gin (formerly Dorothy Parker American Gin) is a product of New York Distilling Company, and it is described as “a blend of traditional and contemporary botanicals including juniper and elderberries, citrus, cinnamon, and hibiscus.” The base spirit is distilled from corn.

Ms. Parker’s gin is much less feminine than one would expect (or hope), offering a nose heavy with muscle and brawn, earthy, pushy, and weighted down by juniper and angelica, leaving it with a licorice overtone. The palate is similarly constructed, offering a surfeit of earth and wet tree bark, but also a hint of orange peel and rose petals — which is at least something. The finish, sadly, is sharp but undistinguished, coming across like any number of relatively ordinary, unbalanced gins on the market.

Try it straight from the bathtub!

88 proof.


Dorothy Parker 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 Comment

  1. Randy on March 28, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    “Ms. Parker’s gin is much less feminine than one would expect”

    How fitting considering that Ms. Parker herself was much less feminine than one would expect…

    Also, I’m pretty certain that she HATED gin. Scotch was her preferred drink.

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