What is Gin?
Distilled neutral spirit that is infused with juniper and other botanicals and distilled again. Genever, and subsequently Gin, were originally conceived as medicinal liquors in 16th century Europe. Gin gained widespread popularity as a spirit in 18th century England and was then exported throughout the British empire.
While juniper is the dominant botanical in several styles of Gin, and often the flavor widely associated with the spirit, citrus peel, coriander, peppercorn, cassia, and cardamom are also common additions.
Styles of Gin
Genever: A Dutch precursor to gin. Malt-based using barley, rich body, and strong juniper.
London Dry: Juniper-forward, rich, crisp, and lean. Often 94 proof which holds up well with dilution.
Old Tom: Slightly sweeter and commonly barrel-aged.
New Western: Softer juniper, with approachable botanicals like cucumber, lavender, and rose hips.
Plymouth: Only produced in Plymouth, England by law. Less dry than London-style with root-based botanicals, for earthiness.
- Tom Collins: Old Tom Gin, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Soda
- Gimlet: London Dry Gin, Lime Cordial or Fresh Lime Juice + Sugar
- Martini: London Dry Gin, Vermouth
- Negroni: Gin, Vermouth, Red Bitter
- Gin & Tonic: Gin, Tonic