In the summertime, gin and tonic is one of the most popular beverages to sip in the sun with friends. However, it can also be an acquired taste. The main botanical being juniper berries, it can be a strong fragrant flavour that takes some getting used to. To the joy of a lot of people, there are many gins that are flavoured that give a fresh twist to the classic spirit.
A popular flavouring for gin is lemon, or more commonly, lemon peel. The lemon peel produces oils that give the main flavour that cannot be produced from the flesh of the fruit. The lemon flavour creates a very fresh taste to the gin. It can be enjoyed with tonic, or soda water if you prefer to get the full taste of the gin. Sipsmiths Lemon Drizzle Gin is a good example of a great and refreshing lemon gin.
Those who like a spicier taste may want to try gins flavoured with cinnamon or nutmeg. A bit odd to think of gin being flavoured with these ingredients, due to citrus and florals being a more common flavouring, however, they add sweetness and warmth to the spirit. This means they can be enjoyed all year round. Edinburgh Gin Apple and Cinnamon Gin takes this and makes gin very autumnal.
Liquorice is also a great botanical added to gin that should be tried by those who have a sweet tooth. Although an unusual flavour, it can complete the fullness in the taste of gin. Gins that taste very much of liquorice can be tried mixed with tonic, or cloudy lemonade to keep the sweetness of the drink altogether.
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