The Gin Academy
What is Gin, exactly?
The true definition of Gin is that of a neutral grain spirit re-distilled with botanicals, with a predominant juniper flavour. The only common relationship between all those Gin brands out there is that they all have that dominant juniper presence. There is no prescribed ratio of juniper that is required by law so unique flavours can be achieved in a variety of ways. Common gin botanicals include coriander, citrus peels, angelica root, orris root and cinnamon to name a few. (Sounds like the essential ingredient included in your GINKIT)
Gin originally started as a therapeutic beverage with the juniper oil a powerful diuretic. It rose to prominence during early 13th century in the Netherlands when it was discovered juniper also made crude spirit taste palatable.
Each Gin has a distinctive list of botanicals used to create its recipe and flavour. 'Botanicals' can be spices, herbs, fruits... basically anything that is natural that imparts the desired flavour.
So let's explore botanicals. Your Kit comes with a selection of key botanicals that will get you on the right track to making your perfect gin blend.
Below is our GINKIT Botanical Wheel. This wheel is included in your kit and will give you some insight into what other botanicals you can include in your gin recipe.
The GINKIT includes a detailed instruction booklet which features The Gin Academy Botanical Wheel. You can use this botanical wheel to decide on what extra ingredients you may wish to use.
The Ginkit Garnish Wheel
So, what is the best garnish for your gin? Well, that totally depends on the gin! Simply look at the botanicals used in making that particular gin and select a garnish that you think will complement or enhance those ingredients. Our GINKIT Garnish wheel will be a great help in selecting a garnish that works well with your gin.
Don't get too caught up in the whole process, just go with it and make your gin look amazing!
Below is a list of some amazing botanicals and their key properties for Gin making.