Gin is a spirit which derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries. From its earliest origins in the Middle Ages, gin has evolved from a herbal medicine to an object of commerce in the spirits industry. Did you know that different brands of gin can taste so different?
While gin must have a strong juniper flavor to it (and thus tends to involve juniper berries), distillers are free to add any other botanical they like to achieve their target taste. Citrus, nuts, and spices all commonly find their way into gin recipes. Thank you distillers!