Gin may be mysterious, with its numerous, sometimes unnamed botanicals and nicknames like “mother’s ruin,” but some of the “facts” circulating about the spirit are just plain false. Whether you’re a skeptic or a die-hard gin lover with a juniper berry tattoo, you should know your gin realities from your gin myths. Here, six rumors about gin that are absolutely not true.
It Makes You Sad
Gin doesn’t make you sad—you and your actions while you’re under the influence of gin make you sad. There’s no difference between an 80-proof gin and an 80-proof vodka, aside from a few herbs and citrus peels. The ethanol is the same, and therefore the effects should be the same. There’s no magical sad-making ingredient floating around in juniper berries.
Every Gin Tastes Like Juniper
Speaking of those juniper berries, they’re often considered the distinguishing characteristic of all gins. While that’s true for many—and all gins include at least some amount of juniper—not all gins are juniper bombs. Many, such as Hendrick’s, which is made with rose and cucumber, or Malfy, which is made with a heavy dose of Italian lemons, taste completely different than London Dry style gins, which tend to lean heavily on the juniper. So even if you don’t like juniper and think it tastes like soap, there is a gin out there for you.