Juniper is number one when preparing gin.
Familiarizing yourself with this earth element is appropriate if you consider yourself a cocktail enthusiast. Even more if you like the theory that revolves around premium gin.
Keep reading to resolve your doubts once and for all with respect to the advantages and utilities of Juniper properties.
Role of Juniper in Gin
Basically, the part played by juniper in the preparation of gin is aromatizing the distillation.
If Juniper wasn´ t part of gin as a drink, it would have the aroma and taste of a simple ethyl alcohol, similar to the one we use for wounds.
This flavouring role is not only assumed in this type of distilled alcohol, some finnish beers also include it in their original recipes.
Talking about cocktail bars, highlights the fact that juniper berries and even the sticks of this plant have become an inseparable element of what the customer expects when ordering a cold and refreshing gin tonic.
Juniper throughout its history as a botanical discovery has shown a great adaptation for its use in medicinal contexts, as well as a good gastronomic potential.
This is due to the fact that can work as a flavouring, as an intoxicating and as a condiment, while relieving and even healing, various health pathologies.
The fruits of this tree, also known as juniper berries, are usually a main ingredient in healing botany when there is a case of muscle aches.
Using it as a dermal oil or taking it in infusions is something usual to slow the development of a process of inflammation in the joints and lean tissues of the body.
Some very favorable diuretic effects are another facet that makes it a beneficial resource to promote the correct renal function.
It has antibacterial properties thanks to the presence of essential oils such as limonene, myrcene and sabinene, which are extremely effective getting rid of fungi.
An antiseptic, astringent and healing effect has also given it a very significant usefulness in the cosmetic field.
Mainly in products focused on facial dermis and capillary strengthening.
As if that were not enough, it is known benefits for strengthening the immune system for its high concentrations of calcium, zinc, iron, potassium and vitamins C and B3.
Are there other uses of juniper beyond cocktails?
Juniper berries are great protagonists in cocktails, that’s a fact, but also have a very strong presence when it comes to the food approach of gastronomy.
For example: The traditional German cuisine includes them in such iconic recipes as the choucrut and at the same time is a base for all kinds of sauces and stuffed in soft meats such as turkey and chicken.
Many desserts with pineapple or mango usually use juniper berries, dry or fresh, to counteract the sweetness with the slightly acidic tones that define this fruit.
However, bear in mind that the bitterness of the juniper fruit has created the tradition that it is always crushed or left to dry before being included in a food preparation.
The ornamental use of juniper is also a widespread practice in both residential landscaping and decorative floristry.
Although it is a mountainous plant of temperate climates, it has been proven that can survive warmer climates with the appropriate care.
Its incorporation in cured branches and designed by florist specialists is another trend that has known to remain over time.
Finding them in compositions displayed in vases indoors is very common in the winter season.
Bruni Collin’s bottles have a perfect balance between juniper fruits and other aromatics such as vanilla in the distillation process of our premium gin.
Bruni Collin’s Gin
If you are passionate about gin and would like to check the perfect balance we get with Juniper and other properties, we invite you to try our Bruni Collin’s Gin, you will not regret it!