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02/07/2013 09:46 am ET

Learn About The Different Types Of Gin

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Vodka-based cocktails may have dominated the '90s and early '00s, but nowadays it seems that gin is the spirit of the moment, and we couldn't be happier. Essentially a category of infused spirits, with juniper being the most common additive, gin got its start as a medicinal beverage in 16th-century Holland, when juniper was added to a malt-based spirit for its diuretic qualities and to mask the inferior flavor of early unrefined spirits.

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