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The team at Zogby are PASSIONATE about wine and spirits. We enjoy, and love sampling new wines, and spirits, aren’t mainstream – yet better than anything you could possibly discover. It’s why Zogby is the best place to discover your next wine, and spirit.

Zogby is a top rated LIQUOR shop, not because we have the lowest prices – but because we introduce people to new wine, and spirits, they’ll never see again.

Our聽liquor聽shop carries some of the best brands. Our聽liquor聽shop4 have whiskey brands like JD, to Mccallen, Johhnie Walker and more. We have brands like聽titos,聽Ketel One, and more. We even have聽Don Julio, Patron, and others.

Depending on your state, we can ship liquor to you from our online liquor store.

There鈥檚 many types of liquor/spirits available

Brandy
Bourbon
Cognac
Cordials
Gin
Irish whiskey
Mezcal
Rum
Rye whiskey
Scotch Whiskey
Single malt scotch
Small batch Bourbon
Tennesee Whiskey
Tequila
Vodka

This is a question we often hear. You can buy聽wine聽online, alcohol online, depending on where you are in the country. You can order聽wine, spirits, and beer, from Zogby and have it shipped to your door. There are some states where purchasing alcohol online is restricted. Buying alcohol online is just like anything else online. You can purchase聽liquor聽and have it shipped to you. The main thing is, you have to be 21 years or older to purchase聽liquor.

Buying alcohol online isn鈥檛 a new concept, and many people who do it 鈥 love doing it. Many people often learn they can buy聽liquor聽online, and can鈥檛 wait to start looking for聽liquor聽online. If this is your first time purchasing聽liquor聽online, here鈥檚 how it鈥檚 done.

If you live in Alabama Oklahoma, or Utah, you should stop reading now. Technically it鈥檚 illegal to have any alcohol delivered in your state to a private person. If you live in Mississippi, it鈥檚 a grey area 鈥 it鈥檚 not illegal, or legal. For the rest of the USA 鈥撀wine聽can be delivered legally, and then depending on your state 鈥 beer and spirits can also be legally delivered. No matter where you live, you have to be over 21 with a valid ID when it鈥檚 delivered. If you don鈥檛, the delivery will returned at your expense.聽 If you break the law, you might find yourself needing a聽criminal lawyer.

VODKA
PURE AND CLEAN

Vodka | Clean Liquor

Vodka is one of the most consumed liquors in the world. In 2012, there was almost 4.4 billion liters of vodka consumed. It鈥檚 an essential ingredient in a number of drinks, and it can be sipped straight or mixed. Virtually any material can be used to make vodka. The most common ingredients used to make vodka is barley, rye, wheat, potatoes, grape, and even corn. The finished product is always the same: pure and clear.

Vodka is one of the best drinks on the market. It’s clean, superbly amazing to drink, and amazing. It comes from a number of different regions of the world, but what remains true is the fact it’s a clean liquor.

Ketel One Vodka: This is A VERY SMOOTH vodka. It鈥檚 one of the cleanest vodkas you鈥檒l come across. It鈥檚 great chilled, or served over ice. It鈥檚 a great compliment to many other recipes. It also comes in several favors. It comes from a 300 year year old legacy of the Dutch Nolet family. It鈥檚 made in small batches from European wheat, and has a crisp/silky taste. The flagship Ketel one Vodka is the base of the brand. This聽liquor聽comes in many flavors, and all of them are 40% ABV. The flavor portfolio is small, compared to other聽liquor聽brands. On occasion, the brand will release special edition vodkas that are either flavored or unflavored.

Chopin Vodka: This聽liquor聽is named after Frederic Chopin, the famous composer. It鈥檚 a Polish potato vodka. The Vodka is 4 times distilled, and is great straight or when mixed into cocktails. There aren鈥檛 too many Potato vodkas. The quality of Chopin is great though, and many people put it in the same league as Ketel One. It鈥檚 an unflavored vodka聽liquor聽brand. The portfolio consists of rye-based and wheat-based vodkas. The rye is the base for the Dorda Double Chocolate Liquor. All of their vodkas are 89 proof. It鈥檚 considered top shelf聽liquor.

Grey Goose Liquor: This is a go-to聽liquor聽for many people. People are usually happy with it, and it鈥檚 pretty consistent. All of their Vodka is 80 proof,and they have a simple and straight forward flavor line up. Most聽liquor聽stores have Le Citron, L鈥橭range, and La Vanille. La Poire, their pear flavored variation is one of the best of its flavor. Le Melon is a great addition for the summer months to any聽liquor聽closet. If you鈥檙e bored with cherry vodkas, then you鈥檒l find the grey goose cherry noir to be a great addition.

Van Gogh聽Vodka: This is a benchmark for success. It鈥檚 a smooth, refreshing, and clean聽liquor. This dutch vodka comes from a blend of dutch, french, and german, wheat. All of their flavors use natural ingredients. The聽liquor聽is distilled in a 2 stage infusion. The clear vodka is great. But Van Gogh鈥檚 vodka really shines when it comes to flavors. They have flavors like citrus, vanilla, acai-blueberry, mango, peach, and others. They are bottled 80 proof, but some come in 70 proof. Overall, it鈥檚 a great聽liquor!

Belvedere聽Vodka: This is a great polish vodka. Their original is a clear bottle and it鈥檚 an excellent choice for cocktails. It鈥檚 got a unique taste that is derived from rye. The brand isn鈥檛 well known when it comes to their other products, like citrus, peach, grapefruit, mango passion, wild berry. They regularly make specialty bottles. Intense is 100 proof, while others are 80 proof. You can also find their illuminated bottles, which are great for the club/bar.

Titos Handmade Vodka: This vodka doesn鈥檛 play around with flavors. It comes from a Texas distillery. They claim to be a handmade brand. The company started as one guy, making vodka ins a self-built pot still. The聽liquor聽launched in 1997, but really took off in the 2000鈥檚. It鈥檚 become a top seller, even beating out giants like Grey Goose. You can find this聽liquor聽in most bars and liquor shops. Tito鈥檚 is pure, clean, and smooth. You can drink it straight, or mix it into any cocktail. It鈥檚 80 proof, and gluten-free.

Absolut聽Liquor: This is hard to miss聽liquor. It鈥檚 easy to find a bar or聽liquor鈥 href=鈥漢ttps://www.zogby.com/liquor-store/鈥>store/鈥>liquor store with it. Most of the brand鈥檚 fame comes from its marketing campaigns. It launched in 1979. It鈥檚 a Swedish vodka that comes from winter wheat, and is bottled 80 proof. It may not be the best聽liquor, but it has a clean taste. It鈥檚 flavor portfolio is always changing, so you鈥檒l find many unique combinations that come and go. For example, Absolut Peppar is a unique flavor, which pairs well with bloody mary.

Stolichnaya Vodka: This is better known as Stoli. It鈥檚 an everyday premium grain vodka. It goes well with cocktails. It鈥檚 one of the best Russian vodkas on the market. You can find many of their flavors in bars and聽liquor聽stores. They have an extensive portfolio. For example, the original Stoli is 80 proof, but there鈥檚 also a 100-proof variation. They also have a gluten-free Vodka. Their flavored vodkas are numerous. They have citrus, lime, vanilla, berries, cucumber and more.

Hangar 1 Vodka: This is a California vodka. It is made in an abandoned Navy aircraft hangar. It鈥檚 made from Viognier grapes, and midwestern Grapes. This is unique! Grapes are an interesting choice, because only a few Vodkas use grapes. It takes skill to do it right. Their unflavored Vodka is really nice, and has floral/pear notes. The brand also has other flavors that are 80 proof. It鈥檚 fair to call them an artistanal vodka that is making really cool flavors like: Buddha鈥檚 Hand Citron, Makrut Lime, and Mandarin Blossom.

Three Olives Vodka: Some pretty awesome flavors. This English vodka is distilled 4 times, from wheat. They cover a wide array of flavors that can be part of an imaginative cocktail. Most premium vodkas don鈥檛 go near flavors like pineapple, grape, and watermelon 鈥 but 3 melon offers them all.

Absolut
Absolut was launched in New York, 1979. It鈥檚 one of the best Vodka鈥檚 internationally. The recipe is old. Absolut Vodka is a Swedish vodka made from natural ingredients. It doesn鈥檛 contain any additional sugar. It鈥檚 as clean as Vodka can literally be, in this day and age. It鈥檚 got a rich, full bodied, taste. It鈥檚 smooth and mellow. It鈥檚 made from grain. Absolut has a 鈥渙ne source鈥 production philosophy, which means all of their production takes place in the village of Ahus, Sweden. The water and wheat are both osurced from the village. Absolut uses CO2 neutral distillation process, which makes it a great and eco friendly brand. In 2018, Absolu sold over 100 million litres of Vodka. Absolut has a number of flavor profiles, such as ruby red, wild tea, grape, pears, mango, and much more.

Smirnoff
Also owned by Diageo, it鈥檚 a Vodka, based out of Russia. It鈥檚 estimated it does over 3 billion in sales. Founded in 1864, it鈥檚 a well known brand. They sell more than 25 million, 9 liter cases, every year. It鈥檚 the best selling vodka of the world. Smirnoff is well know has being the first company to use charcoal as a filter for their vodka. In addition, Smirnoff is distilled from corn, which means it鈥檚 gluten free! Another cool fact about Smirnoff is they have over 35 different flavored versions.

RUM

Tasty & Delicious

Regardless of whether you’re a pirate, rum is an excellent drink. It was made due to excess molasses, during colonial times. Farmers learned they could ferment molasses to create Rum. Unlike spirits like bourbon and whiskey, Rum isn’t subject to regulations. Distillers can make virtually any variety, and use any distillation technique. As a result, there’s many types of rum, like white rum, dark rum, and even spiced rum. Rum is a great liquor with coke, and other mixers.

Rum is another thing you can buy from our liquor store. It’s made from sugar cane. Sugar cane, and run, began in the Caribbean after 1493 when Columbus brought sugar cane to the region. The plant quickly grew. By the 1600’s, Rum was in huge demand in England. One of the reasons why Rum became so popular is because sailors loved it.

Top Rum Liquor

Captain Morgan
Captain Morgan is an adventurous liquor. This is the original 鈥減arty rum.鈥 It tastes delicious, and it mixes well with virtually anything/everything. They have a number of limited editions, such as watermelon smash, and original spiced rum. This brand of rum was is produced by Diageo. It鈥檚 named after the 17th century Welsh privateer – Sir Henry Morgan. In 1944, the Seagram company started producing rum under this name. The CEO of Seagram bought a distillery named Long Pond, from the Jamaican national government. In 1984, the original Captain Morgan was introduced to the USA. Captian Morgan, was the second largest brand of spirits in the USA in 2007. The rum is made from sugar cane. There鈥檚 a few variables that go into making Captain Morgan liquor, such as: the yeast, the distillation method, how it鈥檚 aged, and blending. The Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum is made from molasses, water, mash, and yeast. Once it鈥檚 distilled, the rum is aged in oak barrels for up to a year, which adds the golden color, after this flavors and spices are added. The brand taste comes from a proprietary recipe.

Bacardi
Bacardi is a REAL flagship brand. The brand started back in 1862. Don Facundo Bacardi purchased land in Cuba, and started the distillery that changed how rum is drank. By using charcoal filtration and aging, Bacardi made the Bacardi white rum, which has set the standard for flavor. Their distillation process is what makes them the world鈥檚 best selling rum brand. Virtually every music artist/performer considers them the ultimate Bacardi, and promotes it. The Bacardi found in most bars and restaurants is great for mixing in cocktails. Bacardi sells about 20 million cases of聽liquor聽every year. It goes great straight, or with coke.

Rum is distilled from fermented molasses, or fresh pressed sugar cane juice. Because of the base material, rum made from molasses have a sweet note, and flavors of the molasses. Rum made from sugar cane juice has grassy and vegetable notes. Bottom line, Rum, as a liquor, can vary widely. Rum is very popular in sugar cane producing countries, especially in the Carribbean. Aged versions are sipped neat, while unaged liquor spirits are mixed in classic/tiki/modern cocktails.

History

Rum has its roots and origins in the Carribbean, but there鈥檚 evidence that sugarcane has been fermented in India and China for many many years. The sugar cane plant originates in the Far east. Rum, as the liquor we known it, was first distilled in the sugarcane plantations of the Caribbean in the 17th century. It existed because sugar cane cuttings were brought there from Europe. There are records of rum, existing in Barbados as early as 1650. In the 19th century, the first commercial rum distillation plant was created in Puerto Rico.聽

Rum production spread fast through North America after being introduced. The first distillery in the USA was established in Staten Island, and another one was created in Boston 3 years later. Before the American Revolutionary war, rum was New England鈥檚 top industry. The need for sugar cane and molasses was a major factor that lead to the slave trade and resulted in increased taxation from the British. Eventually due to restrictions on sugar imports from the Carribean, and the rise of Whiskey, this lead to a reduction in production of rum in the USA.聽

How is traditional Rum made

Traditional rum is created with molasses, which is a thick/dark syrup byproduct of the sugar industry. It鈥檚 mixed with water in equal parts, fermented, and distilled. High quality rums that are eventually aged are made in a pot still, while white, unaged rums, are made in a column still. After distillation is done with this liquor, rum can be either immediately bottled, or rested in an oak barrel for a few years. Aging adds color, and mellows this liquor. Maturing rum in a hot climate can speed up the aging process. After maturation, aged rum is blended to provide consistency.聽

Regions / Styles

Rum is made in sugar cane producing countries, especially in the Caribbean. When the rum molasses are fermented, and distilled, they must be processed quickly as the rum will oxidize easily and spoil. In Brazil, the style of rum is called Cahaca, and it鈥檚 the country鈥檚 national drink. Rum agricole, and Cachaca, have vegetable/grassy notes, rather than sweet molasses tones.聽

 

Cuba originated white rum, which is very clear and unaged. It鈥檚 neutral in flavor. There are other Cuban style rums, in other parts of the world such as the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and even Brazil. Guyana makes rum with Demerara sugar, and due to its hot/humid climate, it creates a color similar to caramel/gold. In contrast, Barbados rum is very elegant and fruit forward.

Jamaica makes rum with a low strength distillation process, which results in a strong scent, and a tropical fruit flavor. Darker rums are full bodied, and have nutty bold notes.聽

White Rum

This is sometimes called light, or silver rum. It can be filtered after aging in order to remove its color. It鈥檚 usually considered a light bodied rum, and used in cocktails.聽

 

Gold rum is called amber rum, it鈥檚 medium bodied. It鈥檚 usually aged in wooden barrels, and its halfway between light and dark rums. Caramel is sometimes added for color.聽

Dark/aged rum, is made using molasses that have been caramelized. It鈥檚 matured in charred barrels, which leads to strong flavors of spices and caramel. It鈥檚 made in Haiti, Martinique, and Jamaica.聽

Overproof rum is usually higher in proof than standard 80 proof, and can be distilled up to 160 proof. It鈥檚 usually used as a component of cocktails.聽

WHISKEY

COMPLICATED AND AMAZING

This is easily one of the most complex, and amazing spirits. Whiskey is a big category, that includes a lot of spirits ranging from bourbon, to scotch. One of the easiest ways to create new flavors of Whiskey is to experiment with different types of grain. Whiskey is very diverse, and it’s flavor ranges from spicy, to sweet, and even smokey. While whiskey is traditionally drank standalone, it can be mixed to create cocktails.

Whiskey is one of those things you enjoy over time. There are so many different forms that whiskey comes in, it can be hard to understand where to begin.

Johnnie Walker
This is owned by Diageo, it鈥檚 a type of Whiskey. It originated in Scotland, and it鈥檚 estimated they do over $5 Billion in sales every year. To be frank, they鈥檝e created a whiskey which is both an artform, and a science. They are skilled at what they do, and are excellent at it. They source their scotches from single distilleries through Scotland. They use only malted barley, yeast, and water. Many use the words: fruity, fresh, smoky, to describe their whiskeys. To say the least, the brand has created a number of whiskies that are bold, and have complex flavors. They are most known for their Johnnie Walker Black Label. This whiskey is full of fruits, vanilla, and smokiness. It鈥檚 the iconic blend, when someone thinks about whiskey. It鈥檚 smooth, deep, and complex. It鈥檚 great for any occasion.

Jack Daniels
Owned by Brown-Forman, it鈥檚 a type of Whiskey that originated in the USA. It does almost $3 billion in sales annually. Contrary to what people think, Jack Daniels is not a bourbon. It is charcoal filtered, which is forbidden by bourbon making rules. Typically it can be drank straight, on the rocks, with some water, club, soda, or gingerale.

COGNAC

WHERE’S COGNAC FROM?

Cognac is made in France. The process to create this is long. It is distilled twice in copper pot stills, and then transferred to oak barrels, where it ages for a minimum of two years. In order to make cognac, a special type of grape that only grows in the area of Cognac are used. There are three types of Cognac: VS, VSOP, and XO.

Cognac is an effective drink that many people love.

Hennessy
It originates in France, and is the best selling Cognac in the world. Founded in 1765, in the city of Cognac(France) it鈥檚 an epic. Hennessy is proud of it鈥檚 heritage, and the craftsmanship that goes into making it. They use a unique distillation method in which each batch is double distilled in order to get the most flavorful experience possible. They mature their liquor in French oak casks from the Limousin forests for a minimum of two years. Hennessy works with the Fillioux family, who serve as the producers. Hennessy鈥檚 legacy is marked by the joint collaboration of two families who have shaped the Cognac world. Hennessy Cognac is a type of liquor which is usually drank straight.

TEQUILA

Artisanal

Tequila has a wild reputation. This unique liquor is made according to strict guidelines. It鈥檚 made from the blue agave plant, and comes from a specific area in Mexico only.

Tequila is a beverage from Mexico that is an artisanal experience to drink. People love it, and there some brands that are utterly amazing.

Tequila is the name of a regional mezcal that originated in Jaliscan valley. It鈥檚 made from a single subvarietal of agave – A. Tequilana weber, blue variety. This is commonly known as the blue agave. This type of tequila was the first type of mezcal to become known outside of Mexico. Since 1974 though, Tequila has not been classified as mezcal.聽

 

Like Scotch, and other sophisticated types of liquor, Tequila is a denomination of origin beverage. This means, it can only be legally produced in a specific region of the world. The country of Mexico owns the right to the word Tequila, and determines which territory it can be made in. Tequila is made in the state of Jalisco, as well as part of Guanajuato ,Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamauilpas. Jalisco is the true birthplace of Tequila, and this is where the majority of Tequila is made.聽

Many people don鈥檛 know this, but Tequila is one of the most regulated spirits in the world. It has categories, and classes, in addition to other specific rules which are defined in a NOM – Norma Oficial Mexicana – a set of regulations created by the Mexican government. This is interpreted and enforced by the CRT – Consejo Regulador de Tequila. This entity monitors all aspects of the tequila production process, all the way from planting to bottling. They also test and monitor samples of every single batch of Tequila made!

Not all tequila is equal though. There are two main categories of Tequila, plain basic Tequila, and 100% agave tequila. Purists insist on the latter type of Tequila, where the only source of sugar and alcohol is the blue agave. These tequila鈥檚 tend to be cleaner, have less of a hangover, and are more flavorful. Mixtos are named because their sugar is mixed. Up to 49% of it can come from non-agave sources, such as sugar cane, beet sugar, or even corn syrup. Regardless of whether its 100% agave, or mixto, all Tequila鈥檚 fall into one of the five classes below.

Blanco

This is called Silver, or Plata. Blanco tequila is a type of liquor which is bottled soon after its distilled. It鈥檚 the most traditional type of Tequila, and it鈥檚 the purest type of distillation. It鈥檚 usually unaged. It could be in contact with oak for up to 60 days. These tequilas usually have a cooked agave aroma.聽

Gold

This is called oro, or joven. This is called a mixto. It is blanco, with flavor and color additives. When it鈥檚 100% agave, it鈥檚 a blend of blanco, and one other class of Tequila.聽

Reposado

This means rested. It spends a minimum of 2 months in an oak barrel or tank. This type of liquor balances the bold flavor in a blanco, with the caramel/vanilla of the oak.聽

Anejo

These tequilas take their name from the Spanish word for year. All of these liquors have to spend at least that long in an oak barrel no larger than 600 liters. Usually, these are barrels that were previously used for whiskey. The result of this liquor is an oaky tequila, with a long finish. These are often favorites of people who enjoy Scotch, and other types of whiskey.聽

Extra-Anejo

This is an ultra aged tequila which spends a minimum of 3 years in an oak barrle. The oak dominates the taste of this liquor. This type of tequila is coveted for its flavors and aromas. After 3+ years in Jalisoc鈥檚 climate, the angels share which is lost can be very high. This is one of the most expensive types of Tequila.聽

Tequila Production

The first step is agave cultivation and harvesting. Typically, Tequila is made with a single variety of agave, called the Agave tequilana weber, blue variety. This agave can take 5-10 years to mature. Blue agave is usually harvested by workers called jimadores. They use the coa de jima, a sharp circular blade, which is added to a long wooden staff. Using this, the jimador will slice the spiky agave leaves, and sever the roots. What鈥檚 left is the pina, the stem of the plan, which looks like a white pineapple. The pinas from healthy blue agave can weigh over 100 pounds! They are very heavy!

The second step is hydrolysis. The blue agave is full of carbs called inulins. They must be hydrolyzed into to convert them into fermentable sugars. This is done by cooking them with steam in brick ovens, or stainless steel autoclaves. Hydrolysis can be done chemically, or enzymatically via a diffusor.聽

The third step is extraction. Once the agave is cooked, the sugar has to be extracted. The agave is going to be crushed, and then rinsed, in order to separate the sugar from the fiber of the plant. This is done with roller mills. Some producers of Tequila is a tahona.聽

The fourth step is fermentation. The sweet liquid which was extracted from the agave is called aguamiel. It is diluted and pumped into large tanks/vats. This is where the yeast ferment the sugar into alcohol. Fermentation also involves creating other compounds which add aroma, flavor, etc. The musto, which results from the fermentation, can be thought of as an agave beer. The low alcohol musto is then distilled, separating the ethyl alcohol and flavors from water/solids/and other elements. Tequilas can be distilled in alembic pot stills, or other more modern columns. When using alembics, it is necessary to distill this liquor twice. The first distillation will yield a cloudy liquid which is 20-25% alcohol by volume. Re-distilling it gives the blanco tequila, which is between 35-55% alcohol.聽

The next step, if you want to make reposado, is anejo, or extra-anejo. You need an oak vessel. Tequila is usually made in American whiskey barrels. The norm for this liquor allows for any type of oak. Most recently, new barrels have been used such as French, and even Canadian barrels. The type of barrel you use imparts color, aroma, and other unique properties. It softens the liquor over time

SCOTCH

Scotch | So many varieties

Scotch is one of those things that you sip and enjoy. Savor it.

Scotch is a fine drink, that many enjoy.

Our聽store聽has a number of amazing Scotch online. Scotch is whiskey made/aged for at least 3 years in Scotland. All whiskey made in Scotland is considered Scotch, and has to follow specific production criteria. All Scot falls in two broad categories/blends: malt whiskey and grain whiskey. Malt is 100% malted barley. Grain can include wheat, rye, corn, or other things.

BOURBON

Bourbon | Tasty

Bourbon is a one of a kind spirit, that is the embodiment of America. Nothing beats a good bourbon, and there are so many varieties and flavor profiles.

Rum is another thing you can buy from our liquor store. It’s made from sugar cane. Sugar cane, and run, began in the Caribbean after 1493 when Columbus brought sugar cane to the region. The plant quickly grew. By the 1600’s, Rum was in huge demand in England. One of the reasons why Rum became so popular is because sailors loved it.

What is聽Bourbon?

Bourbon is an American聽liquor. It traces its heritage to the American colonies. Rye was the crop of choice since it was readily available. When settlers went to Kentucky, which has fertile soil and pure spring water, corn became the material for their whiskey. It established a new style, that Kentucky calls its own. In order for a whiskey to be considered bourbon, it鈥檚 mash bill has to consists of at least 51% corn.

GIN

Endless varieties

Barrel-aged gin is served best on its own, but it can be mixed into cocktails, like Gin and Tonic, Martini, or Negroni. It pairs well with many types of foods. Modern gin spirits include notes like rose, lavender, cucumber, and more.

Gin comes in many varieties, it’s name comes from the French name of the juniper berry(genievre). Bartenders shortened the name, to gin. The main ingrdient in gin is juniper berry.

What is Gin?

Gin has a history in England. Early physicians used Gin based elixirs to treat plague. It didn’t work, but the drink grew popular. It was later refined by a physicians who used Gin mixed with juniper to create a medicine. Dutch soldiers used it to treat stomach issues.

Gin is a very intimidating liquor to start with. It’s got complex flavors, (most gins have at least 10 botanicals in them). It’s not often mixed into fruity drinks. Gin can be enjoyed on the rocks, or enjoyed straight. Gin is usually mixed with tonic water, soda, or ginger ale. The mixers are neutral, and can allow you to enjoy the flavor of the liquor, while adding additional carbonation flavor which can ease the sip. Gin can also be made into a martini with vermouth.

Gin is produced heavily in UK, but can be made anywhere. Gin has a minimum 40% ABV, and it’s aged 3-6 months usually. It’s made typically from grain mash, but can be made from any mash which is used to make a neutral spirit that is then infused with botanicals.

Many people are often trying to decide between vodka or gin. Truth is, people land usually firmly on one side or the other. There are steps that go into the Gin distilling process that make it unique. Like Vodka, gin is column-distilled, which allows for the continous stripping of alcohol from water, and the loss of flavoring cogeners. Unlike Vodka though, Gin is distilled with a blend of botanicals, which results in a spirit that has flavor – where Vodka has no flavor.

These flavors are unique, and assertive. Whatever blend of spices and botanicals that go into the gin, you’ll always find an expressive gin. The reason Gin contains juniper goes back to Genever —- a malt barley wine based spirit, which was meant to have medicinal properties but tasted harsh. Juniper was added to mask the terrible flavor. To this day, Genever continues, but Gin has left the malt barley wine in the dust. There are so many varieties of gin. Within those styles, Gin producers have created a variety of different techniques and proportion of botanicals. Many producers incorporate spices, fruits, to herbs and cucumber, to add flavor. The end result is that you have a spirit which you can drink on your own.