ALL ABOUT GIN
Gin: versatile, evocative, flavourful
Gin received its name from the Dutch word for juniper: genever. It’s a clear, unaged spirit, made by distilling fermented grain mash and gets its distinct profile from juniper berries added during distillation. Deriving its sublime flavours and aromas from botanicals, the expression of every cocktail is transformed by the gin you choose.
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From easy recipes to the perfect garnishes for your cocktails, gin recommendations to the different types of gin, she's here to take you through the wonderful world of gin.
So what is gin, anyway?
Gin is made from a neutral grain spirit and is steeped with botanicals and re-distilled.
Historically, gin has been based on a core set of botanicals, including juniper berries (the star ingredient), coriander seeds, Angelica root, citrus peel (primarily lemon and orange), cassia, cinnamon, cardamom, cubeb berries, almond, Orris root, liquorice, grains of paradise, ginger, and nutmeg. The aroma and flavour profile for gin has become more experimental and varied, as the number of botanicals used has increased – especially as locally sourced botanicals are innovatively used in the production of gin.
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How do you like your garnish?
It helps to know a bit about your gin to find the best garnish. London Dry gins do well with citrusy garnishes. Spicy gins pair well with garnishes that balance the spice, including herbs and flowers. Floral gins are easily garnished with edible flowers, or you can mix things up with a berry garnish.
Lemon, lime and grapefruit
Strawberry, peach and rhubarb
Rosemary, lavender and thyme
Peppercorns, star anise and chilli
Styles of gin
Perfect with a slice of lime
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