Gin is distilled from grains (barley, oats and wheat), this unaged spirit's distinctive flavor is derived from the berries of the juniper shrub. This prickly evergreen bush grows in the wild in mountain gullies and woods, as well as in cultivated areas. Styles of gin distilling vary in their concentrations of juniper and other aromatics. London type gin is the most common and is considered "dry". Some of the most popular cocktails made with gin are martinis, gin with tonic water and a gin gimlet which contains fresh lime juice and sugar syrup. The name gin is derived from the french name for juniper, genievre. see also Juniper berry.