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The ABC of Gin

If you’re new to the world of gin, or just want to know more about it, then this blog post is for you. Let’s take a look at what it is and some of its different varieties, as well as the difference between them. We’ll also look at how many calories are in a shot, how to drink and store it, and how to distinguish a good from a bad one. We will also discuss some of the benefits of drinking gin and what occasions and meals go best with it.

To get started – What Is Gin?

An alcoholic beverage made from juniper berries that have been steeped in neutral grain alcohol (such as wheat or barley). The most popular type of gin is London Dry Gin, which is made from a combination of juniper berries, coriander seed, angelica root and other herbs and spices.


There are several different types of gin online and in shops:

  • London Dry Gin is the most popular type
  • There are also Old Tom Gins (which are sweeter than London Dry)
  • Genever (also known as Dutch)
  • Sloe Gins (made with sloe berries)
  • and flavoured gins.

All of these have their own unique taste.

What Is the Difference Between Different Types of Gin?

The main difference between each type lies in its flavour profile – some are light and crisp while others are much more robust or sweet. London Dry Gin is the most popular type and has a very dry, earthy taste. Old Tom Gins are sweeter, Genever is heavier and richer in flavour, Sloe Gins are fruity and sweet, while flavoured gins can range from citrusy to herbal.

How Many Calories Are in Gin?

A single-shot serving of gin contains around 97 calories. This number can vary depending on the brand and type of gin used

How to Drink Gin?

Gin can be enjoyed both neat or with mixers such as tonic water or soda water. If you’re looking for something more complex, try one of the classic cocktails like a Gimlet or Martini. To make these drinks even tastier, add some garnishes such as olives, lemon or lime wedges, or cucumber slices.

How to Store?

Gin should be stored in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight. It’s best to keep it in its original bottle with the lid closed tightly. As with everything, be sure to check the expiration date on the bottle before consuming.

Benefits of Drinking Gin

There are several health benefits associated with drinking gin, including:

  • Improved digestion – juniper berries are known to be a natural digestive aid
  • Improved sleep – the juniper berry oil found in gin can help you fall asleep faster
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Increased energy levels.
  • Additionally, some studies have suggested that it may have anti-aging properties
  • Might even help reduce stress levels.
  • Furthermore, it has been found to contain high amounts of antioxidants which help protect against harmful free radicals in our bodies.

What Occasions Go Well With Gin?

Gin is the perfect beverage for any occasion, from sophisticated dinner parties to casual backyard get-togethers. Its light and refreshing flavour makes it ideal for sipping in the sunshine or as a summer cocktail at barbecues. It can also be used to make classic gin cocktails such as a Tom Collins or Negroni.

What Are Some Meals That Go Well With Gin?

There are an endless number of meals that go well with gin, ranging from:

  • Spicy dishes like Thai curries to lighter fare like salads and fish dishes.
  • For something special, try with a tonic sorbet or jellied gin fruits.
  • You could even use some of the flavoured gins (such as elderflower or cucumber) to create a signature cocktail for your dinner party.

How to Distinguish Good from Bad Gin?

Not all are created equal, and it’s important to distinguish between good and bad gin. When browsing, you should take into account the ingredients used in its production and assess the flavour profile. A good quality gin in the form of unique alcohol should have an assertive juniper taste with subtle hints of other botanicals, while a bad one may be overly sweet or lack any discernible flavour.

What Are Some of the Best Gins in the UK?

Many great gins are available in the UK, including Tanqueray No. Ten, Sipsmith London Dry Gin, and Hendricks. Each of these gins offers a unique flavour profile that makes them stand out from the crowd.

  • Aber Falls Orange Marmalade Gin 70cl – a popular choice. This gin has notes of zesty orange, a touch of sweetness and a smooth finish. It’s great on its own or in a cocktail.
  • Hotham’s Hibernation Gin 50cl – this delightful drink has notes of juniper and lemon, as well as subtle herbal notes.
  • Adnams Copper House Gin 70cl – this gin is full of botanical complexity, with a pleasing citrusy flavour.
  • Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin 70cl – made using a traditional cold compound method, this gin has an intense juniper flavour with hints of spices and citrus.
  • Beefeater London Dry Gin 70cl – one of the most popular gins in the UK, this one has a classic juniper flavour and aromas of citrus and spice.
  • Chase GB Gin 70cl – made with a selection of botanicals, and a smooth finish, it is perfect for sipping over ice.

Gin is an incredibly versatile spirit with a huge variety of flavours available. It can be enjoyed in many different ways – neat, on the rocks or as part of classic cocktails like martinis and Gimlets. With the above-mentioned benefits, it becomes even more enjoyable. Next time you’re looking for something special to enjoy, why not give gin a try? You won’t be disappointed!

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