7 FAQs About Gin And All The Answers You Need
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The distilled botanical alcohol known as jin is popularly made from juniper berries. The clear spirit with flavours that can range from citrusy to pine to floral notes makes it versatile enough to take on additional flavours from other ingredients in mixology. Whether it is crafting a cocktail or simply enjoying a drink of gin and tonic, the distinct taste of gin sets it apart from the relatively neutral and less intense profile of vodka. Most types of gin lend themselves well to cocktails, especially those with bright citrus flavours.

How was gin first consumed?

Historically speaking, gin was traditionally consumed in its neat form; however, prior to modern distillation methods, crudely made gins – also known as bathtub gins – weren’t as refined on the palate.

What are the popular botanicals used in gin?

Aside from juniper berries which are the primary botanical used to make gin, other common botanicals include coriander, citrus peel, angelica root, orris root and cinnamon among others. Based on the type of botanical used, the gin is infused with a distinct aroma and flavour that might vary.

Is gin a gluten-free spirit?

Generally, the spirit is considered gluten-free due to the distillation process being conducted on grains like barley, corn, rye or wheat, which would typically eliminate glutinous proteins. However, individuals with gluten sensitivities should consult with the manufacturer or read the label behind bottles from certified brands.

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Is gin good for you?

While no alcohol is explicitly ‘good’ for consumption, gin was once used as part of a medicine. The 18th century colonial rule in India saw British soldiers stationed within the country receive a dose of quinine as a precautionary measure against malaria. However, the medicine’s inherent bitterness led the soldiers to pragmatically blend a portion of their gin rations with the medicine, to make the bitterness more palatable.

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How should I store a bottle of gin?

Gin should be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. It's best to keep the bottle tightly sealed to prevent oxidation and maintain its flavour.

What are some tips for tasting gin?

To taste gin the right way, pour a small amount of the liquor into a glass and swirl gently to release its aromas. Take a sniff to identify the botanicals followed by a small sip, allowing it to coat your palate. Make note the flavours and or lingering aftertaste to appreciate its complexity.

What are some of the classic gin cocktails?

Classic gin cocktails include the Gin & Tonic, Martini, Negroni, Tom Collins and Gimlet – showcasing the versatility and complexity of gin as a base spirit. Each of these iconic drinks have a fascinating history about how they came into existence and changed the world of mixology.