Gin has been around the block a few times when it comes to cocktail making. Its mixology techniques are tried, tested, and have been perfected over time by experts functioning like a well-oiled machine. With a flavor profile that’s as complex as your ex’s motives, gin is a versatile spirit that goes with everything like the color black. So, if you’re looking for the perfect cocktail, chances are you need to give gin the love it deserves.
One way to take your gin game to the next level is by muddling. Being made of juniper berries and botanicals it’s a no brainer to find more flavor in crushing up some fresh herbs, fruit, or other botanicals in your cocktail shaker or glass to watch new complimentary flavors burst onto your palate. When it comes to any gin-based cocktail, muddling is a must-do especially for drinks like the OG mojito and crisp gin and tonic. It’s certainly isn’t a magic trick to muddle ingredients together to make the perfect cocktail but man oh man, does it taste like magic.
So, here’s the mystery behind gin – it’s not just about drinking it straight up or drowning it in tonic. No, no, there’s a whole other world of fancy associated with the piney flavored spirit, infusing! For the aficionado in the concoctions made with gin this is nothing new but to many, hearing about this is the equivalent to someone speaking pig latin to them whilst expecting the message to be understood. To break it down for you mixology newbies, you take your gin and steep it with all sorts of herbs, spices, and other fancy stuff, letting it soak up all that flavor and aroma goodness for hours. Think juniper berries, coriander, lemon peel, and lavender – all the good stuff. After doing so voila, you’ve got yourself a fancy infused gin to use as the base for your cocktails. It’s like taking your drink to the spa for a fancy treatment – except you get to drink it afterward. Win-win!
3. Barrel Aging
Gin is like a fine wine, it only gets better with age… in a wooden barrel! Yup, barrel aging gin is the real deal, folks. The oak infuses delicious flavors and characteristics into the gin, like vanilla or smoky notes. It’s like a delicious layer cake of flavors in every sip. You’ll want to use barrel aged gin in fancy cocktails that require a little pizzazz, like the negroni or old fashioned. If you are lucky enough to be able to put your gin through this process then you will in fact be light years ahead of your peers when it comes to truly appreciating the spirit!
Gin is similar to a superhero that can team up with any ingredient and still come out victorious in the cocktail world. It can be shaken, stirred, infused, or barrel-aged to create delicious and dynamic drinks that will make your tastebuds sing. Whether you’re a fan of a classic gin and tonic or want to get adventurous with your mixology skills, gin is the go-to champion that never fails to impress. So, grab a drink and raise a glass to the one and only gin!
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