Is gin vodka? Is gin made from vodka?
Gin isn't vodka - because it must have a particular taste (juniper) to be classified as gin. Vodka is defined as being a spirit without a definite aroma or taste.
Gin is made from a neutral spirit that is then distilled with juniper berries (and usually other botanicals) which give gin its particular flavour profile. Vodka is also made from neutral spirit but (apart from flavoured vodkas) nothing is added to change its flavour profile.
So while they can start from the same neutral spirit, gin takes on extra flavours whereas the essence of vodka is that it doesn't take on these flavours.
Having said that, there are lots of similarities about gin and vodka:
- They are mostly colourless
- They can be used in some of the same cocktails (eg Martini)
- They are both massively popular
Of course, you don't have to guess which is our favourite spirit. In fact, we'd suggest you browse our online shop and buy some