Forbes.com | Original Gin
Forbes.com | Original Gin: "Gin is essentially a clear distilled grain spirit flavored with various 'botanicals,' the most prominent of which is juniper. The production is a two-stage process. First, grain alcohol is distilled to a very high proof and totally flavorless spirit. This is then diluted with demineralized water and distilled a second time with the botanicals.
These botanicals vary from brand to brand and the different combinations give each its distinct character. Juniper is always predominant but other ingredients may include coriander, sage, cassia, nutmeg, rosemary, caraway and angelica root. "