Summer is here: even more gin and two tonic waters

Originating from the Dutch national drink, known as jenever, gin has made a long journey and it took several hundred years for it to achieve worldwide fame. It’s extremely colourful: the base distillate is vodka in all cases but the number of spices, herbs and fruits used in its making are limitless. When these are added to the finished distillate, they colour the spirit, but when they are put directly into the still, the gin remains colourless. The types, numbers and the duration of distillation are basically up to experimentation, the same way as ageing is, while barrel use is not rare either. The way of consuming it is totally up to us: whether by itself, with spices or in cocktails, while the most popular way is of course as a gin and tonic. Tonic water – which was originally a quinine-based sparkling beverage – was used for treating malaria and gin was typically added to tonic due to the latter’s bitter taste.

Last summer, we fell for the subject of gin so much that continuing with it wasn’t even in question: now we’re expanding our selection with four new dry gins and two tonic waters.

Gin guide

American dry – A category born out of national pride. Compared to London dry gin, the sole essential difference in the production of American dry gin is its higher alcohol level (40%).

 

Jenever –The ancestor of gin, which still exists as an EU Protected Product of Origin: it can only be produced in certain parts of Belgium, the Netherlands and France. Compared to gin, other grain distillates in addition to vodka can be put into the base distillate, although the core of the aroma spectrum is also juniper. The English took up its production and consumption from the Dutch during the wars of independence of the Low Countries – then further shaped it. 

 

London dry gin: Natural flavourings and spices are added to it only during distillation. Its alcohol content is at least 37.5%. It is characterised by citrus and juniper freshness.

 

Mediterranean gin: A non-official category: rich, vibrant, boldly spiced yet appealing gins that reflect the Mediterranean love of life.

 

Navy strength: The British navy traditionally accepted gins over 57.15%, hence the name. 

 

Small batch: Limited production.

 

BOBBY'S Gin
12 900 HUF
CAORUNN Gin
12 200 HUF
KOVAL Gin
13 500 HUF
MARE Gin
14 200 HUF