When we talk about gin, this is a long story. Gin has a long history, from drugs to cocktail spirits; there are many interesting things behind it. Many people may not like gin because of its taste or aroma-some say it is terrible, harsh and tasteless, but you know this is not true for true gin lovers, they may not Think so. Although your first sip will give off a scorching and bitter grassy smell, the benefits of gin do not stop there. It is the most fruity and delicious spirit in the spirit chain. Therefore, gin is called a cocktail spirit and can be used to make any delicious cocktail in summer.
|What is gin?|
The word "Gin" itself comes from the French "Genièvre" and the Dutch "Jenever", both of which mean "juniper". In its simplest form, gin is a neutral spirit without any color, made from fermented grains or molasses. Later, various herbs, fruits and spices (called botanicals) were added to the distillate to enhance the flavor and aroma of the distillation. For some gin, the distiller may add as many as 30 or more plant ingredients. They call it "Botanist Dry Gin".
|The history of gin|
This is the main point of Gin's history. By the 11th century, people had steamed juniper berries and the distillate used as medical relief for diseases. By the 17th century, the Netherlands had begun to distill malt or wine and add plants, mainly Juniper, to make it known as the "Swiss Geneva" medicine. Entered the UK and became popular in all liquor stores in London. This is because it is easy to make. People call it "Gin" as a simpler form.
Later, gin followed the footsteps of British sailors to the tropics. It becomes a supplemental component of the tonic water that dissolves quinine and is used to treat malaria. Nowadays, it is called "gin and tonic", but bartenders make it more enjoyable and drinkable. Another thing you might want to know about gin is that it is mixed with citrus fruits to help sailors avoid scurvy from long sea trips.
|Types of gin|
Five different types of gin have been made in human history.
The first is distilled gin, a re-distilled white grain spirit flavored with gin.
The second is compound gin, which is a flavored grain spirit without distillation.
The third is London Dry Gin, which is a re-distilled grain that contains other plant ingredients in addition to juniper.
The fourth type is blackthorn gin, which is a gin flavored with blackthorn fruit.
Finally, there is Old Tom Gin, which is a slightly sweetened distilled gin.
|How to make gin|
There are two ways to make Gins:
The first method is distillation. Gin is a spirit distilled from grains or fruits (usually wheat). Like other spirits, gin extracts alcohol from the steam produced by boiling mash during the distillation process. After capturing all the alcohol and other flavor elements, the distiller usually immerses the botanicals in the steam by passing the steam through a chamber containing fruits, herbs, and other spices. At the end of the distillation, the distillate does not need to add sugar, because the sweetness and flavor are naturally added by plants. In fact, the only possible addition in the future is water to dilute the alcohol to an acceptable level, which is 40%-the typical percentage of spirits.
The second method is cold mixing. In this process, the distiller adds flavors to the neutral spirits, which have the same high strength as vodka. This process takes less time than the first process. In addition, the flavoring agent can be a flavor extract, a real botanical flavoring agent, or a mixture of the two.
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