Gin vs Vodka: Which is Better

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In the debate of gin vs vodka, it can be easy to mix up these two clear liquors, but after a single sip, the difference becomes very clear!

Gin vs Vodka

There are many differences between the two alcoholic beverages, let us take a look at them in detail below.

What are Gin and Vodka?

They are both clear, grain-based liquors.

  • Vodka originated in Russia and the tradition of vodka has spread throughout Eastern Europe, where it is often drunk straight after intense chilling.
  • Gin was created by the Dutch primarily as a medicinal drink and is now popular around the world as a cocktail mixer.
A glass of gin and a glass of vodka kept next to each other as a way of differentiation

Vodka is virtually neutral & tasteless, while gin often has distinctive, herbal notes. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

How to Make?

Both spirits are distilled liquors made from various grains and vegetables such as potato.

  • Vodka is primarily made from either rye, wheat or potato starch that has been fermented. Water is then added to the alcohol, producing a clear, tasteless drink
  • Gin is distilled from any kind of grain mash, usually dependent on the dominant crop of the region in which it is being made. It is then flavored with botanicals, producing a herbal character, most famously juniper, which possesses the same distinct taste of gin.

Taste

  • Vodka is by definition supposed to be tasteless. The more tasteless a vodka, the better it is.
  • The flavor of gin, on the other hand, depends on the juniper berries for its distinct taste, which is often paired with other flavors, such as citrus or cucumber.

Nutrition

1.5 ounces of either gin or vodka contains roughly 100 calories, with zero carbs. Vodka’s alcohol content can range from 40 to 95% ABV, whereas gin’s ABV generally ranges from 36-50%.

Benefits

Distilled liquors such as gin and vodka are often preferred over beer or wine by people seeking to lose weight because of their low sugar and carbohydrate content.

Which is Better?

Fans of gin might argue that gin is the healthier drink due to the added botanicals, but standard nutrition guidelines show that the two liquors are very similar. In terms of which liquor is stronger, that depends entirely on the brand and the country of origin.

Just remember to drink in moderation! Cheers!!

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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