Gin

Gin is a distilled alcoholic beverage that stems its predominant flavor from juniper berries. Gin arose as a medicinal liquor produced by monks and alchemists over Europe, especially in southern France, Flanders, and the Netherlands, to provide aqua vita from distillates of grapes and grains. It then became an object of business in the spirits business.

Gin today is produced in different ways from herbal ingredients, giving rise to several distinct styles and brands. After juniper, gin tends to be flavored with botanical/herbal, spice, floral, or fruit flavors or often a combination. It is consumed mixed with tonic water in a gin and tonic. Gin is also often used as a base spirit to produce flavored, gin-based liqueurs, for example, sloe gin, traditionally made by the addition of fruit, flavorings, and sugar.

The name gin is an abbreviated form of the older English word genever, related to the French word genièvre and the Dutch word jenever. All ultimately derive from Juniperus, the Latin for juniper.

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Pink gin

Pink gin is a gin-based cocktail that appeared in England in the mid-19th century. It's made with Plymouth Gin which has 57 percent alcohol by volume and a dash of Angostura bitters. The dark red bitters make the whole beverage pinkish. A lemon twist is also generally used as a garnish, to subtly complement the flavor with the citrus oils. Pink gin is believed to have been created by members of the Royal Navy. This type of gin, Plymouth gin is much sweeter as opposed to London gin which is dry.

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Last Word

The Last Word is a gin-based prohibition-era cocktail originally developed at the Detroit Athletic Club by a bartender named Frank Fogarty. The Last Word consists of equal amounts of gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and freshly pressed lime juice, which are combined in a shaker with ice. The cocktail has a pale greenish color, primarily due to the Chartreuse.

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Queens

The Queens Cocktail is a gin-based cocktail similar to the Perfect Martini( with the addition of pineapple juice and occasionally lemon juice). Is also similar to the popular Bronx, which contains orange juice rather than pineapple. The first apparition traces back to 1930, in Harry Craddock's Savoy Cocktail Book, and is named after New York city's five boroughs.

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Blackthorn

The Blackthorn is a sloe gin-based cocktail that emerged in the early 20th century. The blackthorn is the name for Prunus spinosa, the plant whose fruit is called sloes. Those fruits are infused in gin to create sloe gin, from where the cocktail name. The name Blackthorn was assigned to many cocktails, all of which are using sloe gin as their base. The cocktail is tasty and intriguing, with sweet, savory, and spicy hints of cloves and cinnamon.

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Casino

The Casino is an IBA official cocktail made with gin, maraschino liqueur, orange bitters and fresh lemon juice. The Casino, which appeared in Harry Craddock's 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, falls into a category of cocktails called Daisies. Each of these drinks includes a spirit, citrus, and a flavored sweetener.

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Bees Knees

The Bee's Knees is a rejuvenating Prohibition-era cocktail, pleasant on spring and summer afternoons. It is a simple mixture of gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup, and the recipe is easy to make at home. Frank Meier, an Austrian-born bartender, is the author of this cocktail at the Hotel Ritz Paris in the 1920s. Changing from sugar to honey creates a slightly richer variant of the gin sour. The replacement was made because honey is better to mask the unpleasant taste and aroma of the gin. The honey comes in the way of homemade honey syrup, a simple combination of honey and water that adds complexity and sweetness. The lemon juice complements that sweetness with fresh and tart acidity and it brings the cocktail into balance. A Bees Knees is a Prohibition Era cocktail made with gin, fresh lemon juice, and honey. It is served shaken and chilled, often with a lemon twist. The name comes from prohibition-era slang meaning "the best". The unique name is a convention of the time: The phrase "bee's knees" was popular slang used to call something excellent or outstanding. With today's variety of gins, the bee's knees is a cocktail with many options.

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Gin and tonic

A gin and tonic is a classic and easy highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water. Usually, the water is poured over a large amount of ice. The exact ratio of gin to tonic varies according to taste and the strength of the gin. Most recipes have a ratio between 1:1 and 1:3. The most used garnish is a slice or wedge of lime. A bar spoon can be used to keep the effervescence. The ice chills the gin, dulling the effect of the alcohol in the mouth and causing the drink more pleasant and refreshing to taste at any time of the day you want.

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Gin pahit

Gin Pahit is a cocktail made with gin and Angostura bitters. First appeared in colonial Malaya and is commonly associated with the British colonial era. The name suggests bitter gin in Malay. The use of Angostura Bitters gives the whole glass a slight pink hue. It is a good aperitif to enjoy with dinner and a great way to use your favorite bottles of gin.