Gin is one of oldest liquors in the world, as well as one of the most famous and popular beverages. It is a dry spirit, made by processing premium grains, which are fermented and distilled, with the addition of various ingredients and aromas: a mix of Mediterranean botanicals, spices and traditional berries such as juniper …
Of Dutch origin, distilled gin is now popular all over the world. Surprisingly, according to international estimates, the country where it is most popular is the Philippines, followed by European countries such as Slovakia, the Netherlands, Spain and Britain.
Over the centuries, gin has experienced periods of great renown, alternating with phases of real ‘banishment’, because of its alleged danger to society and health.
More recently, however, distilled gin has regained strong popularity, becoming an exceptional ingredient for cocktails and recipes: some people prefer to sip it on its own or with a simple slice of lemon, while others drink it mixed with tonic water (known as Gin and Tonic) or with other alcohols or liquors, such as the Negroni.
The best-known type of gin, also considered the most common, is London Dry Gin, which is made with a mix of juniper berries, but there are more particular variants, such as those characterised by citrus, fruity or spiced notes.
Gin production is nowadays spread around the world, including Italy: Among the companies that have a long tradition, there is certainly that of the Inga family, originally from Sicily, specialising in the distillation of premium liquors which has created a line of distilled gins including Panarea Gins.
Despite being classified as distilled gin, the two products have a totally different taste than ‘standard’ gins: one of the novelties, introduced by the producers, consists in the use of infusions of coriander, myrtle from Panarea, and citrus fruits such as lemon, orange and grapefruit, giving it a typical ‘Mediterranean’ aroma from Sicily.