08.07.2017

Five Essential Gin Cocktails

With its subjective taste and diverse flavors, gin represents a fascinating spirit to be explored

  • Five Essential Gin Cocktails
  • Five Essential Gin Cocktails
  • Five Essential Gin Cocktails
  • Five Essential Gin Cocktails
  • Five Essential Gin Cocktails

Unlike other classic spirits such as bourbon, scotch and tequila which can easily be differentiated through ingredients, location and origin, gin’s tale of definition is not as clean cut.
 
Defined solely by its flavor, gin is made by distilling fermented grain and a number of different botanicals, including juniper - a female seed cone which has the appearance of a berry and can only be picked wild - which must be predominant in the taste. In other words, what gin is to one person may be completely different to another, as there is enormous diversity in how different gins taste. The best way to actually taste gin for comparisons is at room temperature diluted with equal amounts of water to unveil is flavors and flaws.
 
Despite its sometimes misleading nature, gin represents one of the staple ingredients for the most classic cocktails in history. Here are five classic gin cocktails to inspire your summer boozing needs - all the recipes are taken from the official archive of the IBA.
 
Martini
Contrary to popular belief, Martini is meant to be stirred and not shaken. Shaking a Martini actually binds ingredients that would normally be separated with stirring ,reducing the overall complexity of its flavors.
How to Make It:  
6 cl gin
1 cl dry vermouth

Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain in chilled Martini glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel onto the drink, or garnish with olive.
 
Negroni
Born from the classic Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda), the Negroni was invented by Count Camillo Negroni in 1919, when he traded the club soda for gin to add a little extra zing to his drink.
How to Make It:
3 cl gin
3 cl Campari
3 cl sweet red vermouth

Pour all ingredients directly into old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Stir gently.Garnish with half orange slice.
 
Gimlet
Who says medicine can’t taste delightful?  Originally created as a natural remedy to fight scurvy for sailors in the British Royal Navy, Gimlet is the simplest and most refreshing drink on a summer day.
How to Make It:
6 cl gin
1 cl rose lime cordial

Stir & strain into chilled Martini glass. Garnish with lime zest.
 
Vesper
A close contender to the Martini, the Vesper is composed of gin, vodka and Kina Lillet.  The Vesper was the first "martini" to introduce vodka to the mix. Unlike the classic Martini this drink should be "shaken, not stirred."
How to Make It
6 cl gin
1.5 cl vodka
0.75 cl Lillet Blonde
Lemon twist (garnish)

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.
 
Angel Face
Inspired by the famous gangster of the American prohibition (Angel Face), this fully rounded and balanced cocktail has a sweet aftertaste thanks to fruity notes of apple and apricot. It pairs perfectly with a summer desserts such as tarts, apple crumble or cheesecake.
How to Make It
3 cl calvados
3 cl gin
3 cl apricot brandy

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a cocktail glass.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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