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What is Gin and How Is Gin Made?



Gin is an alcoholic beverage made from cereals that have been flavored with angelica, coriander, and juniper berries. The Dutch term for juniper was used to arrive at the word "gin". The basic process for making gin involves flavouring neutral grain alcohol with botanicals, which include a variety of herbs, spices, and fruits like angelica root, cardamom, coriander, iris root, cassia bark, ginger, and nutmeg as well as nuts and fruit components like almonds, lemon, and orange zest.

Gin can be classified legally if juniper berries have a majority presence in the beverage and if the minimum alcohol content is 37.5%.

There are two ways to flavour gin.
By infusion - The various flavours wanted for the gin are packed in a cotton bag and placed in the still above the alcohol. Contrary to the method described above, the idea is to avoid the botanicals coming into contact with the alcohol directly. The vapours produced by boiling the alcohol will absorb the oils of the botanicals that are placed directly above.

By maceration - For 24 to 48 hours, the aromatics macerate directly in 45% neutral alcohol. Before distillation, there is filtration.

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Berlin Staff Writer
Charlène Grel