If you survey those who like a good drink, such as Tanqueray, for example, you will find that gin and vodka are among the favorites. But what is the difference between gin and vodka? Gin is gaining ground in Brazil, while vodka is already well established here. So much so that we are among the biggest consumers of this drink in the world.

Similar in composition, gin and vodka are distilled beverages resulting from a liquid separation process. Both are produced from the fermentation of cereals and fruits, generally. Rice, potatoes, figs, corn, wheat, grapes, and other fermentable elements are part of the nature of these drinks.

However, there are differences between these spirits. The main one is that gin is infused with juniper, giving it a specific flavor. Vodka traditionally does not have this component. In addition to this fundamental difference, this text will show other distinctions. Look!

Difference Between Gin And Vodka At The Origin

In England, gin was born in the 17th century as medicine developed by doctors to treat lack of appetite and abdominal pain. Over time, connoisseurs emerged who popularized gin as an alcoholic beverage for free consumption. Vodka appeared, it is estimated, between the 18th and 9th centuries. There are controversies about the country of origin, the most likely being Russia.

Taste the difference between gin and vodka

The most obvious feature of gin is its different flavors. Among them, the following stand out:

  • Citrus, with the addition of acidic fruits, such as lemon, orange, passion fruit, and pineapple
  • Aromatics, which have spices at their bases, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves and aniseed
  • Herbals, whose presence of herbs, such as mint, rosemary, cardamom, and basil, are remarkable

Vodka is also characterized and appreciated for its purity in its essence. Although nowadays many people like to mix vodka with fruit, it is usually odorless and tasteless. Thus, some define gin as a flavored vodka, that is, with flavor.

Alcohol Content

Alcohol content represents the relationship between ethyl alcohol and the other ingredients in a drink. Alcoholic beverages have different degrees. Gin has a content between 30 and 50%; that is, up to half of a bottle can be made of alcohol. On the other hand, vodka has a maximum content of 40%. Alcohol content can also be measured in degrees GL (Gay-Lussac).

Caloric Values

Gin and vodka have slightly different caloric values. But it makes a difference for many people who avoid gaining weight at all costs. A 40 ml dose of pure gin has 60 kcal. The vodka dose, 42 ml, has 100 calories. These numbers may vary depending on the alcohol content. If the amount of alcohol increases, the caloric value also increases.

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