The simple version is gin is a flavoured white spirit. Ethanol, neutral spirit or white spirit can be made from anything really, grain, potato, sugarcane etc. This is made in a distillery. Straight ethanol must be at least 96% pure alcohol. This is mixed with distilled water in roughly equal measures so the spirit come to around 40% alcohol, and that is vodka. To make gin, the vodka is flavoured with juniper primarily, and other botanicals to make it delicious! There are a number of ways to flavor gin, some of the better than others, but we’ll get to that in another post.