Frequently Asked Questions | Tourer Gin

Gin is a versatile and extremely popular spirit that has been enjoyed for centuries. From the classic gin and tonics to world famous gin cocktails, there are endless ways to enjoy gin. In this article, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about gin.

What can I mix with Gin instead of tonic?

While gin and tonic is a classic combination, there are plenty of other mixers that really can complement gin's botanical flavours. Some popular options include:

  • Soda water
  • Ginger beer or ginger ale
  • Fruit juice, such as grapefruit or cranberry
  • Vermouth
  • Bitters or other herbal liqueurs

Experiment with different mixers to find your perfect gin cocktail.

What is the most popular way to drink Gin?

The most popular way to drink gin is with a premium tonic water, such as Fever Tree. The classic G&T is made by mixing gin with tonic water and serving it over ice with a slice of lime. This simple yet refreshing tipple is very easy to make which is why it's a favourite amongst gin drinkers around the world.

However there are many other ways to enjoy gin, such as in a Martini, a Negroni, or a Gimlet.

What kind of drink is Gin?

Gin is a spirit that is made by distilling a grain base such as barley or wheat with botanicals, including juniper berries, coriander, and citrus peel. The resulting spirit is usually clear and has a distinctive flavour that comes from the botanicals used during the distillation process. There are many methods used to distil gin and each has an effect of the flavour profile.

Is Gin better with tonic or soda?

Gin can be enjoyed with tonic or soda water and this purely comes down to a matter of personal preference. Tonic water has a distinctive bitter flavour that will definitely complement the gin's botanical notes while soda water has a more neutral flavour that lets the gins anticlericals shine through. Some people prefer tonic or while others prefer soda, but it’s best to experiment with both to see works best for you.

How do beginners drink gin?

If you're new to gin it's a good idea to start with a classic gin and tonic. This simple cocktail combines gin, tonic water, and a wedge of lime and is a great way to get a taste Tourer Gin. Once you're comfortable with gin and tonic. You can also experiment with different mixers and garnishes to find your perfect gin cocktail.

How many calories in a gin and tonic?

Gin has around 100 calories in a double measure of gin. A Tourer Gin & Tonic is about 150 calories.

Can gin be drunk straight?

Gin can be drunk straight, but it's not recommended. The botanicals in the gin can be quite strong and overpowering, so it's best to mix gin with a mixer or use it as a base for a cocktail. If you want to enjoy gin neat, try sipping it over ice.

Is Gin stronger than Vodka?

Gin and vodka are both typically around 40% alcohol by volume (ABV), so they are roughly the same strength. However, the flavour of gin can make it seem stronger than vodka, especially when mixed with tonic water or other mixers.

How do you drink gin like a pro?

To drink gin like a pro, start by choosing a quality gin, think top shelf at a high end bar. Use a jigger to measure out the gin and mixers precisely. Serve gin cocktails in the appropriate glassware, such as a Martini glass, high-ball glass or a Gin Copa glass. Finally, garnish your drink with complementary ingredients such as a lime wedge, a sprig of fresh herbs or even fresh fruits.

Is gin basically Vodka?

While Gin and Vodka are both distilled spirits, they are made from different ingredients and have distinct flavour profiles. Gin is made from a neutral spirit that is infused with botanicals, such as juniper berries, coriander, and citrus peel. Vodka on the other hand is made from a neutral spirit that is typically distilled from grains or potatoes.

Why do you add ice before Gin?

Adding ice to a glass before pouring in the gin and mixer can help chill the drink and dilute it slightly, which can help to open up the flavours and aromas of the gin. When ice is added after the gin, it can cause the drink to become too strong and overpowering.

Is Gin healthier than Vodka?

Gin and vodka are both distilled spirits with similar alcohol content, so they are comparable in terms of health benefits (or lack thereof). However, gin's botanical ingredients may have some health benefits. For example, juniper berries are a natural diuretic and have been used to treat some tract infections. Some studies have also suggested that moderate gin consumption may have a protective effect against certain health conditions, such as heart disease. Gin also has less sugar and fewer calories than some other spirits.

Why do you not shake gin?

Shaking gin is generally not recommended as it can cause the drink to become too diluted and cloudy. This is because shaking can break up the ice more aggressively than stirring, which can lead to excessive dilution. Additionally shaking can cause the botanicals in the gin to become overly dominant, which can mask other flavours in the drink. Instead it's recommended to stir gin cocktails gently with a bar spoon, which can help to chill the drink without over-diluting or altering the flavours.

In conclusion, gin is a versatile and flavourful spirit that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Whether you prefer a classic gin and tonic or a creative gin cocktail there's no shortage of ways to enjoy this classic spirit.