No longer just “mother’s ruin”, gin is now front and centre in many people’s liquor cabinets, in fact more than 800,000 litres of gin were sold in the last 12 months in Australia. And with good reason – it’s delicious. But how is it made, and where did it come from in the first place?
A Little History
While there are several examples of juniper-infused wines and cordials, the original gin, called genever, arose in an area of Europe called The Low Countries which is now The Netherlands and Belgium. Both the rise of the Dutch as a nation and the creation of gin are strongly intertwined.
How it’s made
To make gin, you start with neutral spirit that’s been distilled over and over again until all the flavour is gone. Then you take a heap of Juniper, which is this wonderful little pine cone-like berry and what gin is all about, and flavour that spirit with it. Greenall’s, The Original London Dry Gin, is a juniper-led gin with fresh citrus notes made using the same secret recipe for over 250 years. 100% British wheat is paired with eight hand-picked botanicals juniper berries, Angelica root, bitter almond, cassia bark, coriander, lemon peel, liquorice and orrise, which are dried in the original way and added by hand to a copper pot still.
You can’t really go past a refreshing gin and tonic with cucumber. There are also more people drinking gin and soda – those who don’t like the bitter taste of tonic or might worry about the sugar. Better yet, start experimenting with these brand new products…
Greenall’s Gin, the Original Handcrafted British London Dry Gin, is officially introducing one of its latest ‘Gin-ovations’ – a refreshing and vibrant gin liqueur collection perfect for the spritz loving Australian market. Available in two luscious flavours, Green Apple & Hibiscus Liqueur and Blood Orange, Fig & Ginger Liqueur.
Gin liqueurs are made with distilled gin which is infused with fruits or herbs, and then sweetened. They are created at a lower alcohol strength, around 20% ABV rather than the minimum 37.5% ABV required for Gin. The sweetness of liqueurs means they have a very smooth taste that can be either be enjoyed on its own over ice, or mixed into fantastic cocktails like the following…
Greenall’s Green Apple Collins
- 50ml Greenall’s Green Apple & Hibiscus Liqueur
- 25ml fresh lemon juice
- Soda water
- Mint garnish
Mix the liqueur, fresh lemon juice & soda water. Garnish with mint.
- 50ml Greenall’s Blood Orange, Fig & Ginger Liqueur
- 100ml Prosecco
- Orange peel
- Raspberry garnish
Introduce the liqueur into a spritzer glass, then top with prosecco. Rub the orange peel on the edge of the glass for fragrance, then add a raspberry to garnish.
The Blood Orange variant is available in both Dan Murphy’s ($33.99) and select BWS stores ($35) nationally, and The Green Apple variant is available in Dan Murphy’s.
For more information, visit www.greenallsgin.com.