Gin is a generally dry, clear spirit that is flavoured with juniper berries.
The most common style of gin is known as London Dry gin. London Dry is made by taking a neutral grain spirit and redistilling after the addition of the flavouring agents - juniper berries and often small amounts of citrus botanicals like lemon and bitter orange peel.
The legal definition of a London Dry Gin is that it must be an entirely distilled product, with the exception of a very small amount of permitted sugar, though this is not always present. In contrast, a London Gin has non-distilled additives.
Many other botanicals are used in the production of various gins, such as anise, orris root, licorice root, cinnamon, savory, lime peel, grapefruit peel, saffron, coriander and nutmeg.
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Most popular recipes containing Gin
- D.N.A. Cocktail
- Grateful Dead #3
- Why Not?
- Gin Alexander
- Angel Hug
- Belles Of St. Mary's
- Blood Orange Bash
- Blue Devil Cocktail
- Grass Skirt
- Irish Trashcan
- Monte Carlo Imperial Highball
- Opianna's Poison
- Sweaty Feet
- Tropical Hang Over
- Bermuda Bloom
- Cliffy's Punch
- Coronation Cocktail
- Craigs' Lady Boy
Brands and Variations of Gin
Bombay Sapphire was introduced in 1987 and has been popular since. The bottle is a distinctive sapphire blue color.
The gin itself is a complex recipe involving at least 10 ingredients: almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise. It is triple distilled in a carterhead still, rather than a copper still.
Bombay Sapphire is owned and distributed by Bacardi.
Plymouth gin is made at the Plymouth Gin Distillery in Plymouth, England. The distillery has been in operation since 1793, and claims to be the oldest operating gin distillery in the world.
The distillery is located on the site of an old monastery, and previous designs of the Plymouth bottle labels reflected this by incorporating the image of a friar.
Seagram's Gin and Juice line is Gin mixed with various fruit flavourings, and sporting names such as "Blue Beast".