Drinking Gin The Right Way

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Gin has made a remarkable resurgence in recent years, a cherished spirit with a long history. But one must know how to drink gin properly to really appreciate its complexity and adaptability. We'll go into the world of gin in this post, examine the subtleties of gin distillation, discuss the significance of gin botanicals, and even give you some excellent gin cocktail recipes to enrich your gin experience.

Gin Drinking Tips For Beginners

1. Understanding Gin Distillation

Gin distillation is a meticulous process; it is more than just a spirit with juniper flavouring. Understanding the distillation process is crucial for enjoying gin properly. Gin is often made from grains or grapes and begins as a neutral spirit. Gin botanicals are added during distillation, with juniper taking the front stage. Each gin has a distinct flavour and scent due to the way these botanicals are infused into the spirit during distillation.

2. Embracing Gin Botanicals

Gin Botanicals
The life, blood and soul of this drink are its gin botanical components. In addition to juniper, a variety of gin botanicals, including coriander, citrus peels, cardamom, and others, can be added. A wide variety of gin characteristics are produced by the unique flavours and aromas that each botanical adds. Experiment through several brands and their botanical blends, taking note of the differences in flavour and scent, to truly appreciate gin.

3. Temperature matters

Although gin neat or with a splash of water should be somewhat chilled, not ice-cold, because gin cocktails are best served cold. You can then fully enjoy the variety of flavours.

4. Fresh Ingredients

Fresh Ingredients
When preparing your gin cocktails, try to utilise high-quality components and fresh citrus juices whenever possible. Fresh ingredients can significantly alter the flavour.

Gin Cocktail Recipes

1. Classic Gin and Tonic

Classic Gin and Tonic
A classic and revitalizing beverage that brilliantly displays the botanical diversity of gin is the classic gin and tonic. It's a straightforward yet elegant beverage that works for any situation. You can follow the step-by-step instructions in this recipe to make the ideal gin and tonic.

Ingredients
- 45 ml Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
- 150 ml premium tonic water
- Ice cubes
- Fresh lime wedge or wheel, for garnish

Method
- Start by selecting a highball glass. These glasses are designed to enhance the aromas of your gin and tonic.
- Fill the glass with ice cubes. Using large, clear ice cubes is preferable as they melt more slowly and won't dilute your drink too quickly.
- Pour 45 ml of Tanqueray No. Ten Gin over the ice. 
- Next, gently pour 150 ml of premium tonic water over the gin. Tonic water brands vary in sweetness and bitterness, so adjust the quantity to achieve your preferred taste.
- Stir the mixture gently with a bar spoon. Be cautious not to over-mix, as you want to maintain the effervescence of the tonic water.
- To garnish, add a fresh lime wedge or wheel to your glass. The lime's citrusy aroma complements the botanicals in the gin beautifully.
- Serve your classic gin and tonic immediately. Enjoy the crisp, effervescent, and aromatic flavours of this iconic cocktail.