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Jun 3, 2008 07:57 PM

Freeze gin?

Tried doing search but couldn't find anything on freezing gin. Sacrilege, right? Fave gin?


p.s. I gotta stick my head in here more often!

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  1. Well it won't literally freeze, but -- like vodka -- if you do shots of gin straight and cold, out of the freezer isn't a bad way to do 'em!

    1. I'm a long-time martini drinker. I used to freeze my gin, but I find my martinis taste better when made with gin at room temperature. When you stir or shake the martini, the ice melts a little, which makes the martini taste smoother.

      Favorite gins: Tanquerey, Tanquerey Ten, Plymouth, Hendricks.

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      1. re: brandygirl

        Agreed. It's the "ice melt" -- that small amount of water -- that truly makes a better Martini . . . IMHO, of course.

      2. chilling gin in the freezer defeats the point of gin: aromatics!

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        1. re: alkapal

          You said it. Freezing gin will ruin the ability to taste the botanicals, which is why you drink gin

          1. re: JMF

            True, and gin at or below the freezing point of water will not melt ice, which means that cocktails (which are the only civilized way of drinking gin) will not be diluted as they are supposed to be, and therefore that your gin-drinking experience will be less than it should be. Keep the glasses in the freezer, the vermouth in the refrigerator (it will retain its original character longer), and the gin at room temperature.

            1. re: didymus

              Personally, I think that the only civilized way to drink gin is on the rocks. Sure, a gin based cocktail is nice, but a really good gin, or even just s decent gin, is best enjoyed plain. It's all about the botanicals.

        2. I keep my gin (currently Juniper, but usually Plymouth) in the freezer. Once you mix the drink, it begins to warm. I understand why a lot of people prefer to keep their gin at room temperature, but I believe you get a better cocktail when it starts out a bit cold and warms up a bit in the glass. If you start out too warm, the drink will not be as good as it could be. Keep your gin in the freezer.

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            1. re: FlaHopper

              I agree that gin should be cold when you drink it, but that is best achieved by shaking/stirring room-temperature gin in ice or serving it on the rocks. The gin gets icy cold, and as I and others have stated, the ice melts a bit, which is actually a good thing for cocktails.

              If you are concerned about the cocktail warming too fast, then serve it on the rocks.