When it comes to stocking Gin at home, or any liquor for that matter, there is always the question of ‘budget or quality?’… Sometimes, it’s simple enough to find the product the strikes the balance between the two. However, when it comes to gin, it can be a bit of a challenge.
There are five different types of Gin: London Dry Gin, Plymouth Gin, Old Tom Gin, Genever and New American Gin. Instead of going into all that, today I will be comparing my favourite Gin on a budget, Seagram’s, and my favourite gin when I have some money, Beefeater.
A 750ml bottle of Seagram’s costs 1,000/= compared to Beefeater’s 1,700/=. I always used to ask, what’s the difference other that perhaps reputation or popularity?
Quality is the main difference. London Dry Gin is the benchmark of quality in the world of gin. Seagram’s is made in America, not to say that it’s sub standard, it just means that juniper might not be the dominant flavour.
The truth is, picking the right gin depends on what you’re using it for. I like Seagram’s because it works well in most cocktails, especially ones with fruit juices and for punch.
Yet, put it in some lingerie, aka the Martini, and it’s true misshapen form comes to light! Beefeater Gin might not be the best London Dry gin available but for the balance and versatility it offers, it’s great that it doesn’t break the bank.
If budget’s not an issue, the theme of your party can really help you decide which to use. For a vintage theme, that is cocktails from prohibition right up to the sixties, you definitely want to pick a gin that’s higher up on the shelf like Beefeater. That’s because most cocktails then were pretty simple with a minimal two to three ingredients. Like a dress, you want something that’s flattering and elegant.
For a party with a more tropical theme, involving more fruit mixers and with lots of color, Seagram’s will work just fine. I find that it really complements citrus flavours well, something like flowers on a sun dress.
At the end of the day, sometimes you have to spend and some days it’s wiser to save. It’s always better to know what you want before you head to the store so you can make better choices. Now that I’ve got the gin out of the way, it’s time-travel back to the Roarin’ Twenties!
Remember, Drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly.