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Wausau Pilot & Review

Spirits 101 is a weekly feature from Wausau Pilot & Review and Timekeeper Distillery. Each Friday afternoon, Dan Weber joins us for a journey through spirits and cocktails, and a deeper dive into the craft industry as a whole. If you have questions or ideas for future topics, be sure to leave them in the comments below the YouTube video. Watch the video and read Dan’s explanation for a better understanding of the craft spirits you enjoy. Cheers!

Gin: How is it made?

By Dan Weber | Timekeeper Distillery

Gin is essentially vodka infused with botanical oils. Traditional gins are made with a heavy hand of juniper and one or two other herbs or spices. It has heavy notes of pine and bitterness.

Many craft distilleries are taking a different approach. Although we are required to use juniper to make gin, a lot of us are using a variety of herbs spices and even fruit peals (see our ingredients in the video). This is giving newer gins a fun, citrusy, peppery, and complex profile that is great to drink over the rocks or in a cocktail.

Two weeks ago we shared how to build a proper cocktail, featuring the Bee’s Knees. (Find the video and the recipe here.) This is one of my favorite classic cocktails to feature a botanical gin.

We look forward to seeing you next week! If there are topics you would like us to focus on, leave a note in the comment section!