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Gin

Gin

Gin is a spirit which derives a unique flavor from its core ingredient, juniper berries. This clear spirit pairs well with sweeter ingredients in cocktails and is best known as the base of the classic martini.

Gin was first produced in Holland during the early 17th century. It was originally used to treat stomach pains and gallstones.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

Gin is an aromatic spirit and is best enjoyed at room temperature. Freezing gin will lessen the aromatics and flavor.

Clever Uses

While juniper is the predominant flavor in gin, lavender, bay, and cardamom are also common. To turn vodka into gin, infuse one or more of the above mentioned flavors into vodka. Choose your flavor and tie it into a piece of cheesecloth; then add to a jar of vodka. In a few days, you’ll have your own gin.

Gin can be used to get rid of mold and mildew. Add to a spray bottle and squirt on the area that needs to be cleaned. Let the gin sit for a few minutes and then wipe clean.

Add a shot of gin to pickle brine for a boost in flavor.

Food Science

Quinine is a fluorescent alkaloid often found in tonic. Place your gin & tonic under an ultraviolet light and it very well may glow.

All gin has juniper as its main ingredient. Aside from juniper, the flavors in gin can vary widely. Hendriks is infused with cucumber and rose petals and Bombay Sapphire includes coriander, lemon peel, liquorice, and orris root.

Gordon’s, a popular gin originating from England, is triple-distilled and has a secret ingredient that only 12 people in the entire world know.

Cooking Tips

Use gin to deglaze a pan for the makings of a great sauce.

Add gin-soaked raisins to chocolate cookie batter for a unique treat.

Try curing fish or meat with gin. The alcohol acts as a preservative and the botanicals leave a lasting flavor on the finished dish.

Health Benefits

Juniper berries aid your body in regenerating cells which is great for maintaining smooth, line-free skin.

People suffering from arthritis often eat gin soaked raisins to reduce inflammation.

Gin is one of the least calorific types of alcohol at approximately 97 calories per 1.5 ounces.

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