Mixology 101: How to Mix Gin with Other Drinks
In the Philippines, Jack Daniel’s is a popular choice of drink. In fact, it can easily be found in any liquor store and is also available in a multitude of bars across the Metro. Not only that, it can also be used as an ingredient for any makeshift cocktail anyone wishes to make, particularly a concoction known as “Jack Coke,” which involves mixing Jack Daniel’s whisky with Coca-Cola. With its ever-rising popularity among the Metro’s many working stiffs, it’s no doubt that Jack Daniel’s is a force to be reckoned with in the world of alcoholic indulgence.
However, Jack Daniel’s is not just the only brand available for any self-proclaimed bartender in the country as the ever-favorite gin is still among the ranks of everyone’s taste buds. In the country, gin is just as available as whisky and, with many people on a budget, it’s also more affordable than most alcoholic drinks. Gin can also be prepared in any way you choose, either neat or on the rocks, or even mixed with other ingredients or drinks to make something that’s entirely new and out of the box.
Gin has a unique taste that makes it the all-around choice of ingredient for mixing drinks. Its transparent appearance even suits other ingredients if you wish to change the color and flavor of your drink. When it comes to gin as an ingredient, you just have to know how to handle it. So, with that said, here are several ways in which you can use this drink in your mixing ventures:
Gin as a Mixing Agent
This is one of the most common ways that gin can be used for. When it comes to mixing other spirits and drinks to make something new, gin is one of the most common ingredients you can have in your arsenal.
Another great thing about this is that you can use gin and mix it with other drinks to create a very interesting appearance. The best example of this is the all-time favorite ‘gin pomelo.’ By using gin, you don’t have to worry about the need to find water for your mixing needs as gin is already on your table and ready to go.
Gin as a Substitute for Ice
If you’re looking for a cool and easy fix for your alcoholic beverage without the effort of actually mixing it, why not try freezing gin and use it as a substitute for ice. That way, not only will your drink’s cool factor be intensified, but this will also pump up the buzz to add more thrill to your beverage.
When freezing gin, it may take longer than how water would normally freeze under such temperatures. Also, the consistency you want can vary depending on the time spent in the freezer, whether it be frozen solid or frozen enough for a slush-like texture.
Either way, this procedure can give you a more convenient approach to mixing your drink into something new and unorthodox.
Gin as an Agent for Infusion
While using gin to mix with other drinks is a fun way to create something new, infusing it into something else is just as fun and creative. There’s nothing like adding the flavor of gin to any food or drink of choice to add to the thrill of the party.
Notable examples of this are various fruits you can use as your drink’s toppers. In fact, if you wish to create an alcohol-infused fruit salad, then gin is one of your top choices. All you have to do is to soak your fruits into gin for a few hours (or better yet, overnight) and then serve. Another example of this is one of the latest trends in the alcoholic world: Alcohol-Infused Gummy Candy. The same procedure goes with this treat. Once served, you can definitely relive your childhood with an adult twist.
Gin as a Substitute for Vodka
While vodka is one of your top-shelf choices, gin is your beverage that’s always ready for anything. It’s more affordable and easy to locate not just in liquor stores, but in department stores and sari-sari stores everywhere.
Although different from vodka, using gin as a substitute is a good way to get creative with alcohol, while also being smart with your hard-earned cash.
There are countless other ways on how gin can be used for your mixing needs – whether it be a practice for your profession or a form of entertainment for you and your friends. Go ahead and try the neat tricks mentioned above. Impress your friends and loved ones with a drink that heavily features it.
June 10 is World Gin Day! Celebrate this special drink then. In case you run out of gin on this day, you can easily get your fix right here.