Piaffe Gin Cocktail with Dehydrated Garnishes FI

The Piaffe Gin Cocktail

When I read my notes about this recipe, I wrote “OMG” and my husband and fellow taste tester said “too sweet”. The Piaffe gin cocktail is a fun way to blend gin, Pavan (!!), juice, and bubbles.

Piaffe gin cocktail ingredients
Piaffe gin cocktail ingredients

If anyone is wondering what the heck a Piaffe is, it’s a fancy-dancy horse move that you can catch in the Olympics. I do love gin, I also love horses. Drinks like this and the Run Fast let me have some fun with horse inspired recipes. That sounds weird. I’ll clarify – Recipes inspired by drinks that I love while at horse shows.

And what horse inspired drink doesn’t have apples in it? Lame ones. Which this is not.

The Piaffe Gin Cocktail

Inspired by the equestrian world, this Old Tom and Pavan cocktail is apples, gin, and ginger ale.


  • 1.5 Oz. Old Tom gin
  • .5 Oz. Pavan
  • 1.5 Oz. Apple juice
  • Ginger ale To finish things off
  • Mint and dehydrated fruits To garnish


  • In a shaker, combine your apple juice, Pavan, and Old Tom gin.
  • Mix things up in the shaker, and strain into your ice-filled rocks glass.
  • Top with ginger ale, to your liking.
  • Garnish with mint and dehydrated fruits if you like.

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A “warning” about dehydrated garnishes.

These are fun to make! They add great concentrated flavors and aromas to your drink! Dehydrated garnishes can also be super ugly! Witness this dehydrated apple slice hiding behind the mint because it’s so funky and brown:

Piaffe Gin Cocktail with Dehydrated Garnishes 2
Piaffe Gin Cocktail with Dehydrated Garnishes 2

Is the Piaffe too sweet for you? Easily fixed. It might be the Old Tom.

Some Old Tom gins are sweeter than others. I like Ransom, it’s not too sweet, and still sorta ginny. You can always try this.

Another way to make this less sweet is to use a touch less Pavan, or a touch less apple juice. Or more gin. Within reason.

The amount of bubbles are also variable – add more or less ginger ale!

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Piaffe Gin Cocktail – Pin This!