It is a jungle out there that is for sure – regarding Gins🌴
It often seems as if there are hundreds of different kinds of gin, but in reality there are not🧐
There is 4 different kinds (maybe 5 or 6)🤓
LONDON DRY GIN (LDG)
This is what most people think of as “gin”.
They are typically very dry, heavily juniper flavoured, light in body, and aromatic.
This style is great for Martinis, G&Ts, and Aviation cocktails🍸
This is a less dry cousin to London Dry Gin, but must be made in Plymouth, England, whereas LDG can be made everywhere.
Infused with more roots, this style has an earthier flavour with softer juniper notes.
Use it as you would a LDG🍸
GENEVER (Dutch Gin)
This is very different in colour and taste. It is made with a base of malt grains making it darker color and flavour, more similar to a light-bodied whiskey.
Only your imagination sets the limit when it comes to uses in cocktails🍹
OLD TOM GIN
This is a sweeter cousin to LGD. It is really a cross between LGD and Genever.
Most used in the Tom Collins and Martinez cocktails🥃
This is an umbrella term used to refer to all of the new styles of gin that use the same distilling process, but are infused with flavours other than juniper berries. Most common one is Hendrick’s (cucumber and rose)🍸
This is a flavoured gin, normally using a lot of sugar. This is more of a fruit cordial or a liqueur than it is a true gin – so this one is generally not seen as a Gin style🥃
I hope this increases your understanding of one of my favorite base spirits, the Gin🤓