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Vodka vs. Gin

There are many alcoholic drinks which have distinctive properties on the basis of which they can be categorized. Vodka and Gin are two other ones which are very different from each other and therefore can easily be explained regarding their preparation. Vodka has been originated from Russia and is made by distillation of potatoes, rye or wheat. Gin originated from Netherlands and is made with the help of distillation of malt or grain and then mixed with the flavor of juniper berries.

Key Differences

The main constituent of Vodka is water and ethanol while the central part of Gin is Juniper berries.
The word Vodka has been originated from Russian language term “Voda” which means water while the term Gin is the short form of genever which is the Dutch and French synonym for Juniper.
The drink of Vodka has been originated from Russia while the drink of Gin has been originated from Netherlands.
Vodka is made from by distillation of potatoes, rye or wheat. While Gin is made with the help of distillation of malt or grain and then mixed with the flavor of juniper berries.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 25, 2016
Cocktails made from Vodka include Vodka Tonic, Screwdriver, Greyhound, Black or White Russian, Moscow Mule and others.
The main types of Vodka include Neat Vodka and Chilled Vodka while the main types of Gin include London Gin, Flavored Spirit, and Distilled Gin.
Janet White
Nov 25, 2016
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The amount of spirit in Vodka is around 37 to 40% while the amount of spirit in Gin can go as high as 94%.
Vodka can be consumed with one year while Gin has to be consumed as soon as the drink is ready.
Harlon Moss
Nov 25, 2016
Cocktails made with the help of gin and include Negroni, Ramos Gin Fizz, Martinez, Gin Rickey, Red Snapper, Tom Collins, White Lady, Hanky Panky, Clover Club, Alexander, French 75 and others.
Samantha Walker
Nov 25, 2016

Comparison Chart

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It is made by distillation of potatoes, rye or wheat.
It is made with the help of distillation of malt or grain.

Constituent

The main components include water and ethanol.
The main constituents include juniper berries and methanol.

Amount of Alcohol

37.5% in the EU, 40% in the US.
Ranges from 30 to 94% depending on the type.
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Types

Neat Vodka and Chilled Vodka.
London Gin, Flavored Spirit, and Distilled Gin.
Harlon Moss
Nov 25, 2016

Cocktails

Vodka Tonic, Screwdriver, Greyhound, Black or White Russian, Moscow Mule, etc.
Negroni, Ramos Gin Fizz, Martinez, Gin Rickey, Red Snapper, Tom Collins, White Lady, Hanky Panky, etc.
Samantha Walker
Nov 25, 2016

Consumption

100 million + cases.
60 million cases
Aimie Carlson
Nov 25, 2016

Vodka and Gin Definitions

Vodka

An alcoholic liquor originally distilled from fermented wheat mash but now also made from a mash of rye, corn, or potatoes.

Gin

A strong colorless alcoholic beverage made by distilling or redistilling rye or other grain spirits and adding juniper berries and sometimes other flavorings such as anise, caraway seeds, or angelica root.

Vodka

A clear distilled alcoholic liquor made from grain mash.
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Gin

A machine for hoisting or moving heavy objects.

Vodka

A serving of the above beverage.

Gin

A pile driver.

Vodka

Neutral spirits distilled (or treated after distillation) so as to have no distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color.

Gin

A snare or trap for game.

Vodka

A Russian drink distilled from rye.

Gin

A pump operated by a windmill.

Vodka

Unaged colorless liquor originating in Russia

Gin

A cotton gin.

Gin

Gin rummy.

Gin

To remove the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin.

Gin

To trap in a gin.

Gin

Used to announce that one has won a game of gin rummy.

Gin

A colourless non-aged alcoholic liquor made by distilling fermented grains such as barley, corn, oats or rye with juniper berries; the base for many cocktails.

Gin

(uncountable) Gin rummy.

Gin

(poker) Drawing the best card or combination of cards.
Johnny Chan held jack-nine, and hit gin when a queen-ten-eight board was dealt out.

Gin

(obsolete) A trick; a device or instrument.

Gin

(obsolete) A scheme; contrivance; artifice; a figurative trap or snare.

Gin

A snare or trap for game.

Gin

A machine for raising or moving heavy objects, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with a windlass, pulleys, ropes, etc.

Gin

(mining) A hoisting drum, usually vertical; a whim.

Gin

A pile driver.

Gin

A windpump.

Gin

A cotton gin.

Gin

An instrument of torture worked with screws.

Gin

An Aboriginal woman.

Gin

(transitive) To remove the seeds from cotton with a cotton gin.

Gin

(transitive) To trap something in a gin.

Gin

(archaic) To begin.

Gin

If.

Gin

Against; near by; towards; as, gin night.

Gin

If.

Gin

To begin; - often followed by an infinitive without to; as, gan tell. See Gan.

Gin

To catch in a trap.

Gin

To clear of seeds by a machine; as, to gin cotton.

Gin

A strong alcoholic liquor, distilled from rye and barley, and flavored with juniper berries; - also called Hollands and Holland gin, because originally, and still very extensively, manufactured in Holland. Common gin is usually flavored with turpentine.

Gin

Contrivance; artifice; a trap; a snare.

Gin

A machine for raising or moving heavy weights, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with a windlass, pulleys, ropes, etc.

Gin

A machine for separating the seeds from cotton; a cotton gin.

Gin

Strong liquor flavored with juniper berries

Gin

A trap for birds or small mammals; often has a noose

Gin

A machine that separates the seeds from raw cotton fibers

Gin

A form of rummy in which a player can go out if the cards remaining in their hand total less than 10 points

Gin

Separate the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin

Gin

Trap with a snare;
Gin game

What is Vodka?

Vodka is one of the most famous beverages which fall into the category of alcoholic drinks and is made by distillation of potatoes, rye or wheat. This was originated from Russia, and the word itself is from the same language which has refined from Voda to vodka. The word voda means water. It is famous in Asian regions and Europe and is composed of water which is mixed with ethanol and some flavoring. The most traditional way of making it still is the grains of different foods but many modern companies use substances such as fruits and sugar. This is one of the heaviest drink which has 40% of alcohol content. In the European Union, the standard is set to 37.5% while in America the limit is 40% as stated above. There are many ways of drinking it, and the most common one is the neat drinking method where it is not mixed with any water of ice. The another one is the chilled vodka which is more famous in countries such as Finland, Iceland, and Sweden. Many other types of drinks can also be made through it such as cocktails and include the main types of vodka tonic, Screwdriver, Greyhound, Black or White Russian, Moscow Mule and others. Unlike other alcoholic beverages, it cannot be stored for a long time and usually has to be consumed within 12 months of the manufacturing. Due to the higher number of drinks in the American and central European countries the area ranging from Iceland to Belarus and few other countries is known as the Vodka Belt.

What is Gin?

This is another type of alcoholic drink which is made with the help of distillation of malt or grain and then mixed with the flavor of juniper berries. Initially, it was used as an herbal medicine in the middle ages but now has evolved as a drink which is most common around the world. It became famous in Europe when the United Kingdom was ruled by the Dutch and has various styles, tastes, and flavors of juniper as the main ingredient. The name gin is the short form of the word genever which has been deduced from the French language word genievre and is used for juniper. It is usually not drunk on its own but is mixed with other drinks and cocktails to give them a better taste. There is a big range of them which can be made with the help of gin and include Negroni, Ramos Gin Fizz, Martinez, Gin Rickey, Red Snapper, Tom Collins, White Lady, Hanky Panky, Clover Club, Alexander, French 75 and others. It can still be used for medical purposes since it contains many herbs which can be useful for diseases such as malaria. Around 60 million cases of gin are consumed over the world every year and Philippines is the biggest consumer with more than 1/3rd of the drinks. Officially there are different types which can be made such as the original which has an enormous amount of juniper. The next one is the flavored spirit which has 30% of ABV. The next one is distilled gin that contains 94% of ABV, and the last one is London Gin which has the same content up to 70%.

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