1. Introduction to Gin

Gin, a timeless spirit with rich history, has a distinctive flavour derived primarily from juniper berries. its versatility and range of botanical make it a favourite in many classic and contemporary cocktails. 

2. History of  Gin

Gin originated in the middle Ages as a medicinal liquor and evolved over the centuries. It became particularly popular in England during the 18th century, leading to the Gin Craze. Today, gin is enjoyed worldwide in various  styles and forms.

3. Types of Gin

London Dry Gin, known for its crisp, dry flavour with dominant juniper and citrus notes. Plymouth Gin, A slightly sweeter and earthier gin, exclusive to Plymouth , England. Flavoured Gin, is now a very modern and popular twist. 

4. How gin is made

Base spirit: gin starts with a neutral grain spirit, typically distilled from grains like wheat or barley.

Botanicals: juniper berries are essential, but many gins include other botanicals like coriander, angelica root, citrus peels, and spices. 

Distillation: maceration, botanicals are socked in the base spirit or extract flavours. The mixture is distilled and the vapors are collected, condensing into gin.   

Cutting: the distilled gin is diluted and the vapors are collected, condensing into gin. 

Aging: some gins are aged in barrels to develop unique flavours.

5. Gin tasting guide

Appearance: clear, unless infused with additional flavours or aged.

Aroma: identify the dominant botanicals, especially juniper. 

Taste: sip and savour the balance of botanicals noting the juniper and secondly flavours.

Finish: observe how long the flavour lingers and their evolution on the palate. 

6. Food pairing

Cheese: soft cheese like brie or blue cheese enhances the gin's botanical notes.

Salad's: fresh, crisp salad with citrus dressing works well with the gin's citrusy undertones. 

7. DIY gin making

For enthusiasts wanting to create their own gin: ingredients, neutral grain spirit (vodka), juniper berries, choice of botanicals (coriander, citrus peel, watercress, cardamon etc)

Process: infuse the neutral spirit with junipers and botanicals. let it steep for a few days, then strain. Bottle and enjoy, experimenting with different botanicals for unique flavours. 

8. Gin etiquette

Glassware - use a highball for gin and tonic, a martini glass for martinis, and a rocks glass for neat gin.

Garnishes - enhance the drink with fresh garnishes, like herbs, citrus slices, cucumber, pepper or berries.

9. Still Sisters

We have the most wonderful gin's from Still Sisters from Somerset, in our farm shop and in our Apple Bay bar. David our Restaurant manager has made some amazing cocktails using the watermelon gin. 

10. Conclusion 

Gin offers a world of flavours and experiences, from its rich history to modern innovations. Whether you're crafting cocktails, tasting neat, or experimenting with DIY recipes, gin's versatility ensures delightful experience for every palate.