Two Classic Gin Recipes And The History Behind This Spirit

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Keri Harris-Shaw, Communications Manager with Total Wine & More, discusses the three most common types of gin, the history of gin, and demonstrates cocktail recipes for a classic gin & tonic and gimlet.

    Keri Harris-Shaw: Hi! I am Keri, Communications Manager at Total Wine & More. Here to talk about the perfumes, charms of the delightful spirit gin. There are three most common styles of gin, juniper rich gins are pungent and piney. Juniper is the primary characteristic of gin because the by law, the largest flavored ingredient must be juniper berries. There are no limitations on which other botanicals or many can be used, which brings us to floral profile gins, which emphasize flowery and delicate characteristics.

    Many different botanicals contribute to floral aromas like orris root which smell of violets. The third most common type citrus profile gins feature bright citrus aromas, the peel of lemon, lime and orange all add freshness. Jin's origins stay back to 15th century Holland, Belgium and Northern France or the low countries where the cereal grain alcohol by the name of juniper, but it's not until the early 17th century when the British called it gin and for ever change the course of this spirits history.

    Out of Britain came great gin brands like Plymouth, Tanqueray and Greenall's who's explored grew as the British Empire expanded taking gin all over the world. A classic cocktails for new comers is the gin & tonic this drink dates back to around 1825 when British troops stationed in India found out the best way to combat malaria was to take quinine, a medicine that went out easier when mixed with gin.

    Just pour 3 ounces of good gin, 4 ounces of tonic water and a squeeze of fresh lime over ice with a quick stir. For a sweeter and citrusy gin cocktail try the gimlet. During the 1870's Sir Thomas D Gimlette of the royal navy found another medicinal use for a cocktail.

    Lemons and limes help to prevent scurvy, but they are not easy to digest on their own, in a brilliant moment Sir Gimlette squeezed the medicinal sweet and lime juice into gin and the gimlet was born. Have your own brilliant gimlet by pouring 2 and a 1/2 ounces good gin, 1/2 ounce lime juice and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup into a shaker full of ice, give it a shake and stir it into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Just as many in history have done before enjoyed gin in these classic cocktails or feel free to experiment with different flavors on your own. Cheers!

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