Gin is one of the most preferred alcoholic spirits worldwide. People love it for its versatility and rich juniper flavour. Though there is no rulebook on how to consume gin the right way, there are certain techniques that elevate your drinking experience. There are a handful of ways to enjoy Gin.
Ways to drink gin:
You don’t always have to mix Gin with any other spirits to relish the drink. When consumed on its own, it is referred as neat gin. Only gins that are of good quality taste great this way. If you are looking for good quality gins at Victoria, check out the 3 flavourful gin varieties available at Queenscliff Distillery. They are one the leading distilleries in the area offering authentic gin.
On the rocks:
Any spirit served over ice is referred as “on the rocks”. It feels nice sipping a cool drink after a tiring day but many gin-lovers recommend against taking plain gin with ice as it dilutes the complex flavours of gin. Taking it without ice is a better option.
With gin mixers:
Some aren’t used to drinking gin as such while some don’t find the strong flavour appealing in which case you can mix it with these common mixers.
Gin with Tonic:A high quality gin is mixed with tonic and ice which results in a strong flavoured slightly bitter drink.
Gin with ginger beer:When mixed with ginger beer, there’s a warming flavour to it. Combine gin with ginger ale for a sweeter version of the drink.
Gin with soda: It is an ideal alternative if you want to add buzz to your drink whilst watching the calories.
Gin with coke: The right proportion of both makes sure the coke flavour doesn’t overpower the drink.
Gin cocktails: There are sheer number of options available catering to any mood. You can find tons of recipes online.
The right glassware for gin:
Your drinking experience gets better with the choice of glassware used. Haven’t we all noticed varieties of glasses at our favourite pub? There is a reason different one is used for different cocktails. The following glassware complements Gin.
Copa glass for gin and tonic: The curve of the glass is just right to trap the aroma of Gin within the glass whilst still allowing it to breathe. There is room for additional ice and since you’ll be holding the stem, you won’t be warming the liquid and it stays chill for long.
Martini glass for any gin martini: Back when refrigeration wasn’t easily available, this triangle-shaped glass did the trick to keep drinks cool for a longer time since there is no hand contact with the basin portion.
Coupe glass for gin gimlet: The bubbles fizz out quickly in coupe glass and thus aren’t suitable for carbonated drinks but goes well with gin gimlet.
Tumbler glass: All flat-bottomed glasses go by the name ‘tumbler’. These glasses are very versatile and can be used for any cocktail. If you don’t have the gin-appropriate glass, this one comes handy.
Getting schooled on any spirit helps you find the best way to enjoy it. Gin plays well in many cocktails. Experiment and find a mix you love.
By james liang An author and blogger
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