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Licorice: For Gin and a Million Other Things

Most of the botanicals used in flavoring gin are also used in herbal medicines, teas and even cosmetics. Licorice root is used for a variety of products and processes that range from curing a wide variety of ailments to enhancing tobacco. Cough medicine is one of the first everyday products that comes to mind, right after jellybeans, of course. Licorice is ...

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Top Five Gin Drinks for Autumn

The leaves are falling and we’re all thinking about spooky ghosts, picking apples, killing turkeys and autumn gin cocktails. These increasingly darker, cooler days call us to transition from outdoor garden parties to creative indoor cocktail parties. Avoid Pumpkin-tinis and other creepy sweet concoctions. Instead, try some of these tasty recommendations for gin drinks this fall season: 1. Stellar Gin Apple ...

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Angelica: Gin is Medicine, Too

Angelica Archangelica: it sounds like a famous work of art, something you should recognize like the Mona Lisa or the Pieta. It is, in fact, a root used in herbal medicine and in the flavoring of gin. It is used for sweetening in the kitchen and has many uses as a medicinal botanical. It has also been used as currency. ...

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Orris Root: Perfume for Gin

Orris root is a botanical used in the manufacture of perfumes and potpourris. It is also used as a flavoring in gin, imparting the scent of sweet violets. More importantly, though, it binds the aromas of the other botanicals together, keeping them from dissipating too soon. Orris root was banned in parts of Europe; the sale of pure orris root ...

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The New Gins – An Overview

The recent revival of cocktail culture and the sudden American interest in new flavors — viz: orange Kit Kats, purple Mountain Dew, chipotle Doritos, chicken on pizza — are probably the two main factors in the wave of new gins on the market following the resurgence of gin’s popularity to the American palate. While the mainstays are still with us ...

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What Is Gin Made From?

The question “What Is Gin Made From?” has no easy answer. In the simplest terms, gin is a neutral grain spirit, like vodka, which has been flavored with juniper berries. Nothing else is required or excluded by the definition. In practice, we can say a few other things about gin: it is nearly always unaged; it’s usually redistilled after being ...

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The Citrus Element in Gin

Citrus is the second most important botanical used in making gin; the first is always juniper. Sweet orange, bitter orange or lemon; one brand of super premium gin even uses grapefruit in its secret blend of botanicals. The cheaper labels will use essences of orange or lemon and may use cold compounding rather than infusion or distillation; you won’t find ...

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Coriander: For Rotten Meat, Love Potions and Gin

Look in any mid-to-well-stocked spice cupboard and you will find coriander. Look in any grocery store produce department and you will find cilantro. What you may not know, however, is that they come from the same plant. The plant that is grown for seed is referred to as coriander; it consists of the roots, seeds, leaves and flowers. Cilantro refers ...

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Cassia Bark: A Snickerdoodle for your Gin Cocktails

When you bite into that Snickerdoodle from the local bakery or sprinkle a little cinnamon on your venti mocha from the coffee shop, did it ever take you to another plane? Did you realize that some days, the days you did sprinkle on that extra touch of cinnamon that you were feeling a little bit more creative or artistic? Cinnamon, ...

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Juniper, Gin’s Namesake

That distinctive smell that permeates the air when a fresh bottle of gin is opened is the signature scent of juniper. Some gins like Junipero are flavored with only juniper and a lot of it, others balance it with as many as 18 or 20 other botanicals and some add so much of another flavor the juniper has to fight ...

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