Top 10 St George’s Day drinks23rd April, 2013 by Andy Young
London Gin has been recognised as a special quality beverage by the European Union. The EU definition for London Gin was passed into EU law in February 2008, as part of revised EU spirit drink regulations.
London Gin is listed as a “premium gin product” and the definition will help maintain its “high standards of production and protect the drink from counterfeit products”.
The definition includes that “the ethyl alcohol used to distil London Gin must be of a higher quality than the standard laid down for ethyl alcohol. The methanol level in the ethyl alcohol must not exceed a maximum of 5 grams per hectolitre of 100% vol. alcohol.”
Other elements include that all flavourings must be natural and impart the flavour during the distillation process, artificial flavourings are not permitted, no more the 0.1 grams per litre of sweetening can be added and London Gin cannot be coloured.
Why not enjoy your gin with a tonic water, which was initially developed by the British to help protect its army against malaria when in tropical areas.