​Does gin have juniper berries?

​Does gin have juniper berries?

Yes. The flavour of juniper is one of the two key characteristics of gin (the other is a minimum level of alcohol). And the flavour of juniper comes from juniper berries. These fleshy modified female conifer cones are purple-back in colour when ripe; they come from the juniper tree or bush (most commonly, Juniperus communis).The name 'gin' comes from either the French genièvre or the Dutch jenever (a precursor to modern-day gin, a spirit which is still made commercially and drunk) …
3rd Nov 2021 York Gin

​What is the main ingredient in gin?

The main ingredients in gin are the base alcohol and juniper. Other optional 'botanicals' (herbs, spices, fruit, etc) are almost always added.To be described as a ‘gin’, the drink must have a strength of at least 37.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) and it must taste predominantly of juniper (from juniper berries). Water is also used to dilute the spirit to the required strength.Beyond these ingredients, gin makers have a huge choice of botanicals they can add to the mandatory juniper berries.York …
7th Jul 2021 York Gin
​What is gin and what is it made from?

​What is gin and what is it made from?

What is gin? And what is it made of?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 coria …
12th Apr 2021 York Gin

Is gin a spirit?

Yes - gin a type of alcoholic spirit along with others such as rum, vodka, rum, whisky, brandy etc. In the UK, it must be at least 37.5% ABV (alcohol by volume). And juniper must be its main flavour.Gin starts life as a neutral spirit (often grain spirit) and it is then distilled with botanicals (which must include juniper and often include other things such as lemon peel, cardamom and coriander).In recent years, more exotic botanicals such as seaweed, cocoa nibs and all manner of fruits have be …
28th Mar 2021 York Gin

What makes gin?

The two things you need for a drink to be described as ‘gin’ are: alcohol (gin needs to be at least 37.5% ABV - alcohol by volume), and the predominant taste needs to be juniper.So once these minimum requirements are met, a gin maker is free to do lots of interesting things with this spirit. Gin makers use all kinds of extra botanicals to create weird wonderful flavours. The most popular of these include citrus, coriander and cardamom. But there’s seemingly no end to the flavours added …
31st Jan 2021 York Gin

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