Gin 101: What is Gin and Cocktails you can make with gin

Gin is a distilled spirit made from juniper berries. Juniper berries are used to flavor the white grain and cane sugar that comprise gin during the distilling process. The two most common types of gin are London dry gin and Plymouth gin. London dry gin is distinguishable from Plymouth gin not only because they are made from different ingredients, but because bitter botanicals are included. London dry gin is made from taking a neutral grain spirit and re-distilling it after the botanicals are added. Juniper, lemon, and bitter orange peel are some examples of botanicals that are added to London Dry Gin.

Gin is a dry spirit and is typically served with mixers (tonic water) in order to balance the taste. The featured ingredient in the Tom Collins, Salty Dog, Singapore Sling, Gin Fizz, & Gin Rickey is…gin!


The name, Gin, originates from the French word Genevrier (Juniper), which is the prominent berry that flavors the drink. It originated in the Netherlands in the 17th century with Franciscus Sylvius often named as its creator. Gin wasn’t always the refined spirit it is today. Originally it was marketed as a treatment for kidney ailments. And as a result of its popularity, a tariff was placed on imported spirits. The English would even use the grain unfit for beer to distill and produce their gin. Despite the harsh taste of this gin, it became popular with the poor due to its cost.

Popular Brands of Gin

Aristocrat Gin

Barton Gin

Bluecoat Gin

Booth's London Dry

Bowman's Virginia Gin

Burnett's Gin

Fleischmann's Gin

Gilbey's London Dry

Gordon's London Dry

Odesse Gin

Old Colony Gin

Schenley's O.F.C.

Seagram's Distiller's Reserve Gin

Seagram's Extra Dry

Senator's Club Gin

Jacquin's Orange Gin

Old Mr. Boston Mint Gin

Seagram's Apple Twisted Gin

Seagram's Lime Twisted

Seagram's Orange Twisted Gin

Tanqueray Rangpur

Baffert's Gin

Beefeater Gin

Bombay Gin

Bombay Sapphire Gin

Boodles Gin

Broker's Gin

Citadelle Gin

Hendrick's Gin

Juniper Green Organic London Dry Gin

Maggellan Gin

Martin Miller's London Dry Gin

Pink Diamond Gin

Pinnacle Gin

Plymouth Gin

Quintessential Gin

Tanqueray Gin

Tanqueray No. 10 Gin

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Cocktails with Gin

Easy Street – gin and Sprite

Gimlet – gin and lime juice

Gin and Tonic – gin and tonic water

Gin Rickey – gin, lime juice, & carbonated water

Gin Sour – gin and sour mix

Long Island Iced Tea – vodka, gin, rum, triple sec w/splash of sour mix, & cola

Martini – gin & vermouth

Orange Blossom – Plymouth gin and orange juice

Salty Dog – gin & grapefruit juice with salted rim.

Singapore Sling – gin, cherry brandy, triple sec, sour mix, & grenadine

Snoop Dogg – gin & juice (orange)

Tom Collins - gin, sour mix, & sprite

Tranny Dogg – gin, cranberry juice, & pineapple juice

London Mule – the Gin version of a Moscow Mule

Uncle Makee – gin and any cola w/lime
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