In our early twenties we usually never heard gin used in casual conversation, unless it was followed by “and tonic” in a classic movie that happened to be on television. As we got older, however, we discovered more cocktails made from gin we truly enjoyed. These include martinis, gimlets, negroni, and even the aforementioned gin and tonic.
Have you ever wondered, however, how the spirit is created? How It’s Made took a look at the origins behind the popular beverage to show us just what goes down.
Distillers call upon Juniper berries as the main ingredient in gin and are complimented with spices such as dried angelica plant roots, coriander seeds, lemon peel, and cardamom. The dry ingredients are added to a giant copper still that’s already filled with a spirit distilled from fermented grains.
The highly-alcoholic spirit is diluted a bit with water and re-distilled with the spices for long periods of time. Once they hit the desired alcohol by volume content, the gin is cooled and bottled.
Check out the video to see the step-by-step process on how gin is created.