What is gin liqueur?
Gin Liqueur is made by infusing distilled gin with fruit or sweeteners. This results in a drink that has a lower ABV than gin but is sweeter and more flavourful. The juniper and botanical flavours that dominate even a flavoured gin are dialled down, while the fruit (or other) flavours are enhanced and hit the palette first. Reverend Hubert Winter Gin Liqueur and Summer Cup are both made with real fruit.
When were gin liqueurs invented?
Early gin liqueurs were made by individuals experimenting with gin back in the late 1800s. Our gin liqueur recipes date back to 1904 when the Reverend Hubert Bell Lester made them for his congregation.
What is the difference between gin and gin liqueur?
The minimum alcoholic content by volume for gin must be 37.5% and the average gin that you’re likely to buy in the shops will be between 40 and 50% ABV. Conversely gin liqueurs have a much lower percentage of alcohol – typically about 20%. There’s also quite a big difference in taste. Gin liqueurs are sweeter, due to their higher sugar content, and are far more strongly flavoured, whereas gins are dominated by their juniper and botanical flavours.
How do you drink a gin liqueur?
Gin liqueurs are perfect for making cocktails (check out our cocktail recipes here) because of their strong flavour component and enhanced sweetness. Whether you’re making a summer cup for your garden party or a Christmas negroni , a gin liqueur can be your perfect cocktail component. And because they have such an enhanced flavour profile, they are also great simply served with soda water or neat on the rocks. Our Winter Gin Liqueur is perfect neat over ice by a roaring fire, while our Summer Cup can be served simply with a handful of strawberries, ice and soda on the hottest summer days.
Are gin liqueurs high in calories?
While you might think that gin liqueurs would be calorific given they are sweeter than gin but in fact most are between 85 and 100 calories for a 50ml measure.