Gin — The First Flavored Vodka
Gin is the first flavored vodka. Gins tend to have juniper as their predominant flavor, but can contain other tastes like lavender and citrus. Like vodka, gin usually starts life as fruit or grain which is fermented to 5-10% alcohol over the course of a few days. The fermented product is then distilled to raise its alcohol concentration. In column distillation, used to create vodka, this can get up to 96 ABV! Most types of gin are then redistilled in a still with a "gin basket" so flavors of the botannicals are drawn into the spirit as it passes through each section of the still.
Gin has been used in cocktails for centuries. Some of our top gin drinks are here:
Dryer precursor to the Singapore Sling.
Lovechild of a gimlet and bloody mary
This bitter Negroni is the best way to jumpstart the weekend.
Coffee, cacao, and amaro cocktail from Saskatoon.
1915 classic remade with reasonable proportions!
Delicious post-Indian digestif.
Nearly lost, prohibition era cocktail
Shimmering, Strong Cocktail Featuring Green Chartreuse
Pre-prohibition era masterpiece