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​What is gin and what is it made from?

​What is gin and what is it made from?

What is gin?For a drink to be described as ‘gin’ in the UK it must meet two criteria: Strength of alcohol:It must be at least 37.5%ABV (alcohol by volume) Taste:It must taste predominantly of juniper.So gin is a distilled spirit with a minimum alcohol strength (it can be stronger than 37.5%) and juniper is the only mandatory ‘botanical’.(‘Botanicals’ are the herbs, spices, fruit etc that are added to the alcohol to give the gin its flavour.) Popular botanicals include coriander, orris root, an …
12th Apr 2021 York Gin
​Is it OK to drink gin every day?

​Is it OK to drink gin every day?

There is a simple answer to the question - is it OK to drink gin every day?No, it’s not recommended to drink alcohol every day!WHO and NHS guidelinesThe World Health Organisation (WHO) and NHS recommend that all drinkers have at least one day ‘dry’ day each week.The daily maximum recommended allowances are as follows:Female: 2 units per day; 14 per week.Male: 3 units per day; 14 per week.And no-one should have more than four units at one sitting.A unit is a single small spirit measure or half a …
10th Mar 2021 York Gin
York Gin win two best English gins at World Gin Awards 2021

York Gin win two best English gins at World Gin Awards 2021

York Gin officially make two of England's best gins York’s reputation as a leading gin maker has been bolstered after the city’s gin company won two Best in England titles at the prestigious World Gin Awards 2021 York Gin Old Tom - a collaboration with the Michelin-starred Star Inn, Harome, - won the Best English Old Tom title for the second year in a row. And York Gin Outlaw - inspired by the city’s outlaws, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and ‘Yorkshire Witch’ Mary Bateman – triumphed a …
21st Feb 2021 York Gin
A short history of gin

A short history of gin

Here is a very short history of gin - and the gin and tonic, or G&T.You don’t need to know any history to enjoy our little story. After reading it, you may appreciate your modern gin and tonic a little more – made in a nice clean distillery rather than a slum, and without the addition of sulphuric acid! Let’s all raise a toast to gin – and how far it has come in its 300 year history.Dutch rootsThe word ‘gin’ comes from the Dutch word ‘jenever’ which means ‘juniper’. The Dutch made spirits di …
8th Feb 2021 York Gin

The gin lover's morale raiser for the final stages of lockdown

We're on the road to the end of lockdown. But we're still mostly stuck at home.So we've gathered some gin-related Boredom Busters to raise morale until we're all allowed out again.From Zoom Gin Tastings, to gin crosswords, online gin quizzes, gin history lessons and garnish guides. There's almost certainly something for every gin lover to enjoy. We hope it raises morale among gin lovers everywhere!The Sipsmith Gin CrosswordWe love Sipsmith. They started the small distiller gin revolution in 2005 …
1st Feb 2021 York Gin

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