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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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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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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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Let’s Face It, Gin Contains Juniper

In the recent article Gin Time, Cheers Magazine reports on the increasing popularity of gin, attributing it to a combination of classic cocktails and the rise of New Western gins like Bluecoat, Beefeater 24 and Aviation.  They have it half right. Classic cocktails are the foundation of gin’s rise in popularity. Interest in all the classics like the Negroni, Pimms Cup and, of course ...

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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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