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** Gin **

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rummy. For other uses, see Gin (disambiguation).
A selection of bottled gins offered at a liquor store

*Gin* is a spirit which derives its predominant flavour from juniper
berries (/Juniperus communis/). From its earliest beginnings in the Middle
Ages, gin has evolved over the course of a millennium from a herbal
medicine to an object of commerce in the spirits industry. Today, the gin
category is one of the most popular and widely distributed range of
spirits, and is represented by products of various origins, styles, and
flavor profiles that all revolve around juniper as a common


· 1 Etymology
· 2 Legal definition
· 3 Production methodology
· 4 History
· 5 Classic gin cocktails
· 6 Notable brands
· 7 See also
· 8 Notes
· 9 References
· 10 External links


The name /gin/ is derived from the French /genièvre/, the Dutch
/jenever/, or the Italian /ginepro/, all of which mean "juniper".

*Legal definition[edit]*

Although several different styles of gin have evolved, it is legally
differentiated into four categories in the European Union, which are
described as follows:^[1]

· *Juniper-Flavoured Spirit Drinks* - This includes the earliest class of
gin, which is produced by pot distilling a fermented grain mash to moderate
strength (e.g. 68% ABV), and then redistilling it with botanicals to
extract the aromatic compounds. It must be bottled at a minimum of 30% ABV.
Juniper-Flavoured Spirit Drinks may also be sold under the names Wacholder
or Genebra.
· *Gin* - This is a juniper flavoured spirit made not via the
redistillation of botanicals, but by simply adding


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