Gin comes from the combination of alcohol typically distilled from fermented grain (wheat or barley) and a unique set of flavourings known as ‘botanicals’ for desired flavours. The most common botanicals used are flowers and fresh, dried fruits such as citrus, seeds and rosemary. To be defined as gin, the clear, distilled spirit must contain a predominant flavour of juniper berries which gives off a subtle piney scent.While gin may be the national spirit of England, the spirit originated in Holland during the 17th century and the London-style gin we know of today would be born 150 years later. There are several ways to make gin, the most common and oldest way is to distil the fermented grain (malt wine), then redistil it with juniper berries and other botanicals. This will essentially give the spirit a bold and distinct flavour.Another way is to put botanicals in a basket and hang it inside the alembic where the spirit is being distilled. This is a great way to acquire more delicate and subtle flavour. The last and simplest way of flavouring the gin is to distil grain spirit, then infuse it with juniper berries and spices.
How To Enjoy Gin
London Dry Gin
Considered by many distillers to be the most sophisticated type of gin. The term refers to a specific type of production process, which has strict regulations on how the grain spirit is made. A good quality alcohol which is low on ethanol is extremely crucial to make a great London Dry. If you want to bring down the alcohol content, water is added in place of sugar into the mix. What makes London Dry different to other gins is that all its botanicals must be added during the distillation process and it is important for it to be all natural – no artificial ingredients, flavours or colourings.
Old Tom Gin
A maltier, sweeter and less botanical version of gin. It is typically made in a pot still and sometimes aged. If you’re looking to make homemade gin, the Old Tom style is ideal for a night in alone or with your loved ones. Simply add a generous amount of sugar or honey for a sweeter edge.
Gin & Tonic
The key to a great Gin & Tonic recipe is to balance the bitterness of tonic against the gin. With just a few ingredients, you can make this light, refreshing cocktail at the comfort of your very own home. A great starting point is sticking to a ratio of 2 parts gin to 5 parts tonic. Chilling your glasses in the freezer for about 20 minutes is optional, but it helps to keep your drink cooler. Once ready, add large ice cubes to the chilled glasses, then pour the gin over the ice and squeeze in one fresh lime. Fill each glasses with tonic water and garnish with an additional lime wedge to your creation and voila, you have the perfect G&T ready to be served!
Get Gin From Angel’s Share
If you are looking for gin delivery, Angel’s Share carries some of the most popular Gins and other top-shelf alcohol labels at competitive prices. Enjoy the convenience of having your favourite type and brand of alcohol sent straight to your door on demand. Not sure what is best for you? Feel free to contact us and our friendly team will be happy to make a recommendation based on your event or preferences.If you are looking for gin delivery, Angel’s Share carries some of the most popular Gins and other top-shelf alcohol labels at competitive prices. Enjoy the convenience of having your favourite type and brand of alcohol sent straight to your door on demand. Not sure what is best for you? Feel free to contact us and our friendly team will be happy to make a recommendation based on your event or preferences.