Making Gin | Gin styles

New here? Join our email list and receive The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Martinis. for free.In a previous post I went through what goes in gin, but each style is made in a different way. The most basic style is compound gin, which is made by adding natural or artificial oils and flavours from juniper and […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Tanqueray

I’ve noticed a rather prominent outdoor campaign across the bus shelters of Sydney for Tanqueray recently. I think they missed a trick promoting their regular gin, which is a solid mid-priced offering, rather than the premium Tanqueray Ten (or Tanq 10 as the cool kids say). I would have thought the trickle down from promoting […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Aviation

Some of the best gin going around in Sydney is being served at The Bar at the End of the Wharf, the new bar at Sydney Theatre Company. The old Wharf Restaurant has been repositioned more appropriately at the front of Wharf Two while the end of Wharf Three/Four has been gorgeously redesigned by the […] Read more…

Juniper and spices for making gin

Making Gin | What is gin?

What is gin made from? The simple version; gin is a white spirit flavoured with juniper. Ethanol, neutral spirit or white spirit can be made from anything really, grain, potato, sugarcane, apples, grapes. Straight ethanol must be at least 96% pure alcohol. Most gin distilleries buy in their neutral spirit and this point. A very […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | No.3 London Dry Gin

Last night, in honour of World Gin Day, I tried a new (to me) gin; No. 3 London Dry Gin. It’s that one in the dark green bottle with a silver key set into to the front. It appears to be named for the original address of the distillery, 3 St James Rd, London, but […] Read more…

A Brief History of Gin | Dutch Courage

There is some dispute about who first created gin, but I credit Dutchman Franciscus de la Boe Sylvius, a professor of medicine who was experimenting with juniper as a diuretic in the 1550s. He infused juniper into white spirit and it was sold in chemists as a treatment for stomachaches, gout and gallstones. During the Thirty […] Read more…

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