Gin is very different from vodka and white rum and any other white spirits. Gin is a great choice for people who are interested in experimenting with different cocktails that they can feel good about drinking. The main ingredients of gin and how it is made make the drink very distinct from vodka or white rum. Keep reading below to learn more.
5 characteristics of gin
The five characteristics of gin that make it differ from other spirits are:
1. Gin is flavored with juniper berries, orange peels, and coriander seeds. Other spirits are flavored with more neutral flavors.
2. Gins are distilled in a pot still rather than in a column still.
Gins are made by starting with grain alcohol or vodka that’s around 160 proof and then flavoring it with juniper berries, citrus peels, or coriander seeds. Alcohol has to be distilled at least twice to get rid of all the impurities because there are so many flavorings added to it, whereas other spirits can simply be diluted so they have less alcohol per shot. This is one reason why gin tends to have a wider range of flavors than vodka – it’s also infused after it’s been distilled while other spirits go through multiple rounds of distillation.
3. There are dozens of different gins on the market.
Different brands have different flavor profiles and will taste a bit different from each other depending on the ingredients they use. This also means that gin is more versatile than other spirits because you can mix it with so many different flavors to create new cocktails.
4. Gins are often sweeter than vodka, tequila, or rum.
Gins can be either sweet or bitter depending on which ones you try. If a cocktail recipe calls for a dry spirit then try using a gin that’s been infused with juniper berries rather than coriander seeds, for example.
5. Most gins are colorless or very pale.
Color doesn’t matter much for most cocktails, but if you like the idea of having a bright shade of yellow in your drink then opt for vodka instead. There’s no particular reason why vodka is more transparent than gin – it just comes down to which flavorings and distillation process that each spirit uses.
What are the 3 key ingredients in gin?
Gin is made from a neutral spirit, which means that it’s not a particularly distinctive flavor on its own. It has to be infused with other flavors in order to taste like anything. The three most prominent flavorings used for gin are juniper berries, orange peels, and coriander seeds, or sometimes angelica root.
Juniper berries – juniper berries have a very strong flavor that is often described as being piney or woodsy. They’re one of the primary flavoring ingredients in gin. They tend to give gin a kind of spicy flavor.
Orange peel – orange peels are the other very strong flavor in most gins. The sweetness of the orange really comes through, which makes it especially good for mixing with fruit or floral flavors.
Coriander seeds – coriander is one of those spices that has a lot of subtle flavors hidden in it. It’s a little sweet but also spicy and earthy all at the same time.
The combination of these three ingredients is what makes gin taste distinct from other kinds of spirits.
What is the difference between white rum and gin?
The three differences between white rum and gin are:
1. As mentioned above, gins are flavored with juniper berries, orange peels, and coriander seeds while white rum is traditionally made from sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice, then aged in light oak barrels or steel barrels before being filtered multiple times to remove impurities and then bottled.
2. Gins are distilled in a pot still while white rum is distilled in column stills.
3. There are dozens of different gins on the market while there are only four kinds of white rum (light, golden, dark, and spiced) – not nearly as many variations.
To learn more about white rum, read our article What is the Difference Between Dark Rum and White Rum?
Is gin a vodka?
No, gin isn’t a type of vodka. Vodka is made from a grain base, but the flavorings used are more neutral and it’s distilled multiple times to make it as pure as possible before infusing any extra flavors in.
Vodka is a liquor that is very common in many cocktails. For this reason, it is easy to find loads of different vodka flavors, like citrus, whipped cream, chocolate, and more.
Vodka is traditionally a Russian spirit but some brands are also established out of Poland and Sweden. Vodka is a bit easier to manufacture based on its wide variety of possible starting ingredients. Vodkas can be crafted from anything from potatoes, soybeans, rice, grapes, or more. It is often a home-distillers first foray into alcohol making due to this versatility.
Gin is originally from Europe, in regions of southern France, Flanders and the Netherlands. It is flavored with juniper berries, orange peels, and coriander seeds or angelica root for the most part.
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Is gin stronger than vodka?
Vodka and gin have about the same alcohol content – around 40% ABV. Gin can be anywhere between 35 and 45% ABV, which means that it tastes more like a liquor than something with “a little kick.”
Is gin sweet or bitter?
Gin can vary in sweetness and bitterness, and it has a wide range of other flavors and can be either depending on which brands you try. Most gins will have some citrus notes and other spicy flavors. Some people describe them as being anise-flavored, while others think they taste more like pine needles.
There are also lots of interesting floral notes in some gins that remind drinkers of things like lavender flowers or roses. This makes it a good choice for people who enjoy trying new cocktails or experimenting with different ingredients to find out what they like the best!
People who really don’t care for the taste of alcohol tend to choose vodka because it’s cleaner and smoother, and doesn’t actually really taste like anything at all, making it a good choice for people who want to drink something but don’t particularly like the taste.
Gin is a useful spirit to know about when you’re learning about other spirits because it’s one with a lot of diversity. It’s great for drinking straight or mixed in cocktails. Gins may taste bitter or sweet depending on which ones you try – there are dozens of different gins out there to suit every flavor preference.