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What is the difference between gin and gin liqueur?
The major difference between gin liqueurs and gin is that gin liqueurs have more sugar and a lower alcohol content than proper gin.While gin must have a minimum 37.5% ABV (alcohol by volume), gin liqueurs are usually closer to 20%.Gin liqueurs tend to be cheaper than full-strength gin (because there is less alcohol duty for the maker to pay).As with full-strength gin, there is a huge range of flavours - lots of fruit flavours and even ‘Unicorn Tears’!There is a debate about whether some of these …
29th Jan 2021
What is gin made from?
Gin is made from neutral spirit, distilled with botanicals (herbs, spices, fruit, etc - which must include juniper berries), and diluted with water to a strength of at least 37.5% ABV (alcohol by volume).Neutral spirit has been made traditionally from fermenting ingredients such as grains, potatoes, fruit and sugar cane.While the alcohol and juniper are the key ingredients, gin makers add a bewildering array of botanicals to make their gin stand out from the crowd. These include many different f …
28th Oct 2020
What makes up gin?
For a drink to be described as ‘gin’, it needs alcohol and a certain predominant taste. In terms of alcohol strength, it needs to be at least 37.5% ABV - alcohol by volume. And the predominant taste needs to be juniper.The alcohol comes form neutral spirit and the juniper taste comes from juniper berries. Water is used to dilute the alcohol to the required strength.Once these minimum requirements are met, a gin maker is free to do lots of interesting things with this spirit.Gin makers use all ki …
1st May 2019