Everything You Need to Know About Gin
When whiskey, vodka, and tequila are around, gin oftentimes finds a place in the backseat. Unfortunately, gin has fallen from the popularity that it once enjoyed a half century ago. Of course, we’re not saying that gin is obscure – not in the least. With many small craft distilleries producing interesting and complex gins, we’ve become more interested in this spirit.
Many people assume that gin was created by the British. After all, “London Dry Gin” is the phrase that most people think of if asked to name a specific type of gin. Surprisingly enough, the creator of gin is a 16th century Dutch chemist, Dr. Franciscus Sylvus. Dr. Sylvus wasn’t making gin for use in cocktail recipes (‘cocktail’ was neither a word nor a concept at this point in time). Rather, Dr. Sylvus created gin in hopes of cleansing the blood of patients with kidney disorders.
To add to the European confusion, Dr. Sylvus gave gin a French name: genièvre, French for “juniper.” While the French may have been the original producers of gin, King William III changed the course of history when he banned French liquor imports. With no expensive imports, England began producing its own gin.
Today’s gin is typically made from mash (corn, rye, barley, and wheat being the most common ingredients). Of course, its distinctive taste is derived from juniper berries, as well as other botanicals such as coriander, fennel, anise, and angelica.
Top Amoretti Gin Recipes
Getting in a gin mood? Check out our top gin recipes of 2013 (so far!). For more great gin cocktail recipes, head on over to our recipes page.
- The Currant-sy of Love: This Valentine’s Day-themed gin drink calls for crème de cassis, Amoretti Premium Lemon Syrup, and sparkling cider, which makes for a winning combination any time of the year.
- Clover Club Cocktail: If you enjoy making drinks with raw egg whites, then you’ll certainly enjoy the Clover Club cocktail, which also calls for lemon juice and raspberry syrup!
- Singapore Sling: This drink recipe has a lot of ingredients, but great gin is the ingredient that will really tie it all together. The Singapore Sling is fruity without being a “fruity” cocktail.
- Amoretti Aviation: If you like obscure, nearly forgotten cocktails from a bygone era, then you’ll definitely appreciate this cocktail recipe. The Amoretti Aviation is one complex and sophisticated drink that’s delightfully easy to make.