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!

History

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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