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The difference between Vodka & Gin

 

Vodka and gin are two of the most popular alcoholic drinks in the world, yet many don’t know the difference between the two.

Vodka is a mixture of the normal alcohol & water. This water in the vodka is slightly flavored or as in the most cases, is not flavored at all. While the gin differs fundamentally in this aspect. The flavor is usually added to by some spice extracts. The spices used in this case would include juniper berries.

Gin is a clear spirit carried by bars all over the world. The alcohol is distilled mostly from the grains such as barley and rye. A mixture of herb and spice extract is added to this mixture of distilled grains. This mixture is sometimes referred to as ‘botanicals’ consisting of juniper, cardamom, coriander, aniseed along with orange and lemon zests. Once the gin is distilled, it is diluted to the normal strength of 76 to 90 proof. 80 proof gin is called ‘dry gin’. Gin that is produced in different parts of Europe differs in taste too. Gin is produced mostly in United Kingdom, Netherlands and the United States. The ‘dry gin’ and the ‘London gin’ are the widely requested varieties.

Vodka is nothing but alcohol that is distilled to the extent that it has lost almost all the flavor that it has got. It has the characteristics of a colorless liquid, clear and smooth. It is a pure spirit with a neutral taste. It is generally distilled from the mixtures of potatoes or grains. The top brands, such as Grey Goose, resort to only the distilled mixtures of grains. While wheat and barley are of the top priority, rye is sometimes used. Vodka usually comes in 80 proof strength.

The flavors that are the hot favorites are generally lemon, pepper and also some other fruits. The way in which vodka serves the purpose also differs from country to country. In the United States of America, it forms the essential ingredient of some other alcoholic drinks such as Screwdrivers and Blood Marys. Vodka is consumed as a straight neat drink elsewhere.



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