Gin is a distilled alcoholic drink that derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries (Juniperus communis).Gin originated as a medicinal liquor made by monks in Italy. This was followed by other monks and alchemists across Europe, particularly Southern France, Flanders and the Netherlands, to provide aqua vita from distillates of grapes and grains. It then became an object of commerce in the spirits industry. Gin emerged in England after the introduction of the jenever, a Dutch and Belgian liquor that was originally a medicine. Although this development had been taking place since early 17th century, gin became widespread after the William of Orange-led 1688 Glorious Revolution and subsequent import restrictions on French brandy.
Gin today is produced in different ways from a wide range of herbal ingredients, giving rise to a number of distinct styles and brands. After juniper, gin tends to be flavoured with botanical/herbal, spice, floral or fruit-flavours or often a combination. It is most commonly consumed mixed with tonic water. Gin is also often used as a base spirit to produce flavoured gin-based liqueurs such as, for example, sloe gin, traditionally by the addition of fruit, flavourings and sugar.

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  1. TastyReuben

    Recipe Celery Tonic

    Celery Tonic Makes 1 drink Ingredients 1 celery stalk, chopped 1 TB sugar 1 oz fresh lemon juice 2 oz gin Lemon twist (for serving) Directions Muddle celery with sugar and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker, 1 minute. Add gin, fill shaker with ice, and shake until outside of shaker is frosty...
  2. TastyReuben

    Recipe Slippery When Wet Cocktail

    Slippery When Wet Cocktail Makes 1 drink Ingredients 1 large or 2 small ripe strawberries, halved 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/2 ounce undiluted honey 2 ounces gin 1 heaping teaspoon plain Greek yogurt GARNISH: freshly ground black pepper and a vertical slice of strawberry Directions Combine...
  3. TastyReuben

    Recipe Bee's Knees Cocktail

    BEE'S KNEES COCKTAIL Makes 1 cocktail Ingredients 1/2 oz honey syrup (see step 1) 1 oz lemon juice 2 oz gin Lemon twist, for garnish Directions To make the honey syrup: Combine equal parts honey and water (say, 2 tablespoons each if you’re only making a few cocktails) in a microwave-safe bowl...
  4. Termyn8or

    Using gin in desserts

    I was thinking, (alert the media) and this gin stares me in the face. As I said in the other thread, I would like to get rid of it, but to just give it away ? I think not, I have s o m e money but like the letters it it spread out. (I also want to see about a small annuity) So, how to cook...
  5. Termyn8or

    Since When Is Gin So Sweet ?

    Last bottle I had was not, it was years ago. However I drink too much beer. It is not a matter of the alcohol, I could drink more and not get too out of it. It is the volume, the bulk of liquid, plus a friend of mine who knows things told me there is nasty stuff in there. For one formaldehyde...
  6. Timenspace

    Recipe Two Flamingos Cheese Vanilla Cream

    Ingredients: A half of non-gluten hamburger bun (made of rice flour, tapioca, yeast, salt, store bought) 1 tablespoon gin 100 g cream cheese 100 g condensed milk about 50-70 g powdered sugar (eyemeasured) whipping cream 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 6 drops of green food colour red grapefruit...
  7. LissaC

    Gin bottle isn't running

    So the unthinkable has happened and I've got a bottle of really good gin that won't come out of the bottle. When I try to pour it, the liquid inside the bottle moves but won't come out. Has this ever happened to any of you? What can I do?
  8. Hemulen

    Recipe Bittersweet Gin Cake

    Bittersweet Gin Cake Preparation: 2 hours + Serves 6-8 Edits in orange. Ingredients 1 orange 5 mandarins (or clementines or tangerines) 0,5 dl gin 100 g salted butter, melted and cooled 2 dl caster sugar 3 - (4) teaspoons cinnamon 2 - (3) teaspoons vanilla sugar 3 dl (- 3,5 dl) plain flour...
  9. murphyscreek

    Recipe & Video Citrus and Juniper Gin Fizz

    Bit of an afternoon delight... Ingredients: 60ml gin 1 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 1 tbsp dried juniper berries slightly bashed 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1/2 orange juiced 1/2 grapefruit juiced 1/2 lemon juiced Sparkling grape juice Ice Method: Make a syrup with the water, sugar, berries, and...
  10. Mountain Cat

    Recipe Poached Fennel, Apple, Juniper Mahi Mahi

    re. Serves 3. Poached Fennel, Apple, and Juniper Mahi-Mahi About a pound (450 grams) of mahi-mahi fillet, or any other firm white-fleshed fish. Leave skin on, if it comes that way. 1-2 ounces / 30-55 grams dried juniper berries. 1/4 cup / 60 mL gin. About 6 ounces / 170 grams...
  11. Hemulen

    Recipe Cucumber & Lingonberry GT

    Cucumber & Lingonberry GT Serves 1 thirsty lockdown pigeon Preparation 5 min Ingredients 10 cm of cucumber 1/2 lemon + a slice for garnish 1 tablespoon caster sugar 2 - 4 cl gin 1,5 dl (unsweetened) tonic water 1 - 1,5 dl sweetened lingonberry (or cranberry) juice Peel and grate the...
  12. The Late Night Gourmet

    Recipe Gravlax

    As I mentioned in the Challenge thread, I was inspired by Hemulen; specifically, I was fascinated by the Ceviche propio de Hemulen. I wondered how seemingly aggressive flavors would play on a fish. I thought about making that exact recipe (and I think I will someday), but I decided instead to...
  13. Hemulen

    Recipe Gin Grin

    Gin Grin Mix 0,5 dl orange juice, 0,5 dl cranberry juice, 0,5 dl soda water, 4 cl gin and a handful of crushed ice. Serve in a tall glass. Garnish with orange. I think I've had enough (competition entries) now. Removed this one. <hickup>
  14. Hemulen

    Recipe Clementine Gin

    Squeeze one clementine. Pour 2 cl of gin in the glass. Pour the juice on top and mix. Add 3-4 frozen raspberries and let cool. Garnish with fig.
  15. TastyReuben

    Recipe Gin-Basil Smash

    GIN-BASIL SMASH 1 Cocktail Ingredients 10 leaves fresh basil 2 ounces simple syrup 2 ounces lemon juice 4 ounces good quality gin ice cubes Directions Combine basil leaves, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.Crush the basil till bruised with a muddler, which will release the...
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