Gin: How to Drink It, and Like It

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Really, they're better than you think!
​In my years of bartending, one of the things I've heard the most is this: "I don't like gin."

When I press for details, the story is always the same: They had a bad experience with it years ago (inevitably in college) and haven't been able to touch the stuff ever since. I'm telling you now, gin got a bad rap. Sure, in the wrong hands it's dangerous stuff. But it's easy to set those hands right so you can enjoy some of the finest tipples on the planet.

What Is It?
I have a surprise for you: Gin is nothing more than a specifically flavored vodka. So, all of you who go crazy for vodka that tastes like raspberries, whipped cream, or bubble gum (and all of you pretentious mixologists who turn your nose up at the same), gin is a closer step than you think. The main flavor of gin comes by re-distilling neutral spirits with juniper berries, which gives the gin its signature scent and flavor reminiscent of Christmas. Lemon peel and other spices are also often added, making each gin a little different from any other. Common to most gins is a higher proof than vodka; most gins clock in around 90 proof, while your average vodka is only 80 proof.



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Yawle0783
Yawle0783

If you really want to learn more about, and taste Gin and Gin cocktails, check out the upcoming seminar at the Hotel Valley Hohttp://arizonacocktailweek.c.... Some of the biggest names in the business will be in AZ.

Scottsdalebubbe
Scottsdalebubbe

Vodka martinis were the cheap imitation back in the day.  Today's vodka-based "martinis" are dessert or girlie drinks.  Another refreshing gin cocktail is the Gimlet.  Gin, Rose's lime juice and a drop of simple syrup with a generous wedge of fresh lime.  Stir 30-40 seconds with ice, strain into a stemmed coupe.

Off topic but dry Vermouth adds a flavor kick when substituted for dry white wine in cooking.

Syzygy50
Syzygy50

Straight gin was mother's milk to me.

ScaredOfJoe
ScaredOfJoe

I recently put together Bombay Sapphire and Fresca. Excellent! It's call a Fresh Fire.

Phoenix Justice
Phoenix Justice

I myself prefer Tanquery, with a splash of 7-Up and a splash of grenadine - very nice & very refreshing

Gwynne
Gwynne

You can buy juniper berries and let them swim in anisette for 6 months with a few coffee beans and a stick of  cinnamon. Then you have pacharan. Worth the wait.

TheCosmicJester
TheCosmicJester

Gin and grapefruit... well that just makes marvelous sense. I do enjoy Palomas, which are the same, but with tequila...

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