Founded 10 generations ago in Berlin, the KÜHNE brand of pickled products has come up with a new one: GIN CORNICHONS. Cornichons are small cucumber gherkins, usually known by this name in France. Since 1905, Kuehne has been the premier gherkin producer in Germany. Based now in Hamburg, they source cucumbers from all over Germany. Using a novel method of picking the cucumbers–a slow moving harvester which straddles the rows--they are picked by hand by pickers lying prone on the machine as it very slowly crawls through the fields. The gherkins are picked when they are not smaller than one’s little finger. Cornichons are picked when the size of one’s little finger.
Pickled using a proprietary recipe, the new GIN CORNICHONS are also flavored with German gin. There is probably less alcohol in the Gin Cornichons than there is in fresh bottled orange juice, but the flavor is there.
They can be used like any other pickle, but are very interesting for use in gin drinks, like a Martini for example. I have used them in Gin and Tonics and the effect is delicious. But in Martinis, they are scrumptious.
12.5 oz jar, or Case of 10