Gin & It
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Gin & It
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4.5 / 5
The Gin & It is a classic cocktail that marries the crisp botanicals of dry gin with the sweet, herbal notes of red vermouth, complemented by a dash of orange ... more The Gin & It is a classic cocktail that marries the crisp botanicals of dry gin with the sweet, herbal notes of red vermouth, complemented by a dash of orange bitters for added complexity. Served in a cocktail glass, this concoction is a nod to pre-Prohibition era sophistication, offering a harmonious balance between sweetness and the aromatic punch of gin. Ideal for those who appreciate the depth of history in their drinks, the Gin & It remains a timeless choice for cocktail enthusiasts seeking a drink that's both refined and aromatic. This delightful blend makes it a mainstay in the world of classic cocktails and a must-try for aficionados of gin-based drinks.
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Dry gin
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29.58% | 1.57 units *
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Classic

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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30ml 1oz 3cl
1 dash 1 dash 1 dash
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Gin & It is a suave dance of classic flavors where the sharp botanicals of the dry gin beautifully intertwine with the sweet, herbal whispers of red vermouth, and a playful dash of orange bitters brings a delightful complexity that tickles the palate. This cocktail is an embodiment of elegance from the pre-Prohibition era, perfectly crafted for those who savor each sip, offering a sophisticated balance that highlights the gin's character while the vermouth smooths the edges with its rich warmth.

Method
How to make a Gin & It

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by stirring all your ingredients together in a mixing glass filled with ice, aiming for a smooth blend
Should you prefer your drink chilled yet neat, proceed to fine strain it into a pre-chilled glass, ensuring a sleek presentation
However, for those who enjoy their beverage on the rocks, strain it instead into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass
Opting for a large cube or a substantial chunk of block ice can significantly enhance the appearance and slow down dilution, keeping your drink perfectly chilled longer
This method secures a well-balanced and aesthetically pleasing cocktail, whether you're in the mood for a sharp, neat sip or a slow, chilled indulgence

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Gin & It cocktail?

The Gin & It is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 20th century. Its name is derived from an abbreviation of 'gin and Italian', referring to the Italian-style sweet vermouth used in the drink. It gained popularity in the United States during Prohibition as an easy-to-make cocktail that masked the taste of poor-quality homemade spirits.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of vermouth in a Gin & It?

While traditional Gin & It cocktails are made with red (sweet) vermouth, you can experiment with different types of vermouth to suit your taste. Using dry vermouth will result in a less sweet, more aromatic cocktail, while a rosé vermouth might add a unique twist with a slightly fruity and floral note. Remember, changing the vermouth will significantly alter the flavor profile of the cocktail.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to serve a Gin & It?

A Gin & It is best served in a lowball glass, cold but not shaken or stirred. It's typically served over ice to keep it chilled. Garnishing with an orange twist not only adds to the visual appeal but also complements the orange bitters, enhancing the overall flavor experience.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does Gin & It's alcohol content compare to other classic cocktails?

The Gin & It cocktail, with an alcohol content of 29.58%, falls within the average range for classic cocktails, making it neither particularly strong nor weak. For comparison, a classic Martini usually has an alcohol content around 30-32%, while a Manhattan is slightly higher, around 32-34%. This makes the Gin & It a balanced choice for those who enjoy classic cocktails without an overly strong alcohol taste.

FAQ

Are there any variations of the Gin & It that I can try?

Yes, there are several variations of the Gin & It that experiment with different ingredients while keeping the spirit of the original. For example, adding a splash of soda water creates a Gin & It Spritz, a lighter, refreshing version. Alternatively, substituting the orange bitters with Angostura bitters or adding a maraschino cherry can introduce new flavor notes, allowing you to tailor the cocktail to your preferences.

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