Gin is a distilled white spirit that derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries. It is one of the broadest categories of spirits, with various origins, styles, and flavour profiles that all revolve around juniper as a common ingredient.
Why do we love gin? Because it is one of the most versatile and exciting spirits, distilled with a range of botanicals that play beautifully in cocktails with a wide range of ingredients. Once you get beyond the typical botanicals of a classic London dry gin—like juniper, coriander, angelica root, citrus— you’ll find all manner of experimental “new” gins playing with lemongrass, Douglas fir or lavender, to a name a few possible ingredients distillers are playing with. It’s safe to say, there’s a gin out there to suit all tastes.