A Complete Guide To Gin

So what comes to your mind when you hear of Gin? An alcoholic drink, Right!

Today we are here to give an idea or a complete guide to the alcoholic drink Gin. Are you excited to know more about Gin? Then this article is surely for you. Scroll this article to know some interesting facts about Gin.

So without any further delay, let us begin our discussion.

History of Gin

Gin was first produced by a Flemish physician, in Holland, in the sixteenth century as a medicinal spirit. It was sold in chemist shops to treat stomach complaints, gout and gallstones. To make it more portable, the liquor was flavoured with the oil of juniper berries.

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Gin has been accepted into the mainstream of society as a social drink. Soon it became very popular in the western parts of the world.

What is Gin?   

Gin is a distillate of grain mash in the ratio of 75% corn,  15% barley malt and 10 % other grains along with juniper berries, by English standards. The Dutch have equal quantities of barley, corn and rye.

The term gin is the anglicised version of the French geneivre and Dutch jenever .

Types of Gin

There are basically two types of Gin-‘Dry’ and ‘Heavy’. Dry gin is light in flavour and body and allows it to be consumed by other mixers. Dry gins are labelled ‘Dry’,Extra dry’, or ‘Very dry’. This means gin lacks sweetness and any other aromatic flavour or bouquet.

Heavy gins are high in flavour and body and have a slight suggestion of malt flavour. They do not blend well with mixers and are drunk neat over ice. The original Dutch Gin also called Holland Gin. Dutch Gins are sometimes called schnapps.

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Service of Gin

  • 30 ml Gin may be served neat with cracked ice in a cocktail glass garnished with a slice of lemon.
  • A popular way to serve is to shake 30 ml gin by adding 15 ml lime cordial and cracked ice in a cocktail mixer. It is strained into a cocktail glass garnished with a lemon wedge. This recipe is called Gimlet.
  • Gin and tonic is another popular combination of 30 ml gin and tonic water with cubes of ice.

Some popular brands of Gin

  • Gordon’s Gin
  • Bokma Jonge Genever
  • Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • Gilbey’s Gin
  • Tanqueray
  • Beefeater London Dry Gin
  • Bols Jonge Genever

Want to more about the cocktails made of Gin? Here we are! Presenting some popular cocktails made of Gin.

Popular cocktails made of Gin

Singapore Sling


  • 11/2 oz. Gin
  • ½ oz. Cherry Heering
  • ¼ oz. Benedictine
  • ¼ oz. Cointreau
  • 1 dash angostura bitter
  • 3 oz. Pineapple juice
  • ½ oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Marsaschino cherry
  • Pineapple spear

Steps to prepare: Combine liquid ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass and shake until well blended. Strain into an ice-filled 14 oz.  Anchor Hocking Marbeya stemmed glass. Garnish with a spear of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.



  • 30 ml gin
  • 15 ml orange juice
  • A dash of French Vermouth
  • A dash of Italian Vermouth

Steps to prepare: Shake the gin, orange juice, French Vermouth, Italian Vermouth with cracked ice in a cocktail mixer. Strain and serve in a cocktail glass.

Pink Lady


  • 60 ml gin
  • 4 dashes of Grenadine
  • A dashes of egg white

Steps to prepare: Shake the gin, Grenadine and egg white with cracked ice in a cocktail mixer. It is then strained into a cocktail glass and served.

So these are some interesting facts about Gin. Never thought such a popular drink would be so extra-ordinary! Hope you enjoyed reading.

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