Gins - Five Things you may not know!

5 things you might not know...

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1: Gin was first produced in Holland

There is little much more refreshing than a Gin & Tonic and in England, it seems to be the tipple for a lot of people. When you look at Gins today, the great number of best sellers hail for the UK. However, did you know that Gin was discovered in the 17th Century when the Brits were fighting in the Thirty Years' War in Holland. The Dutch would drink the Gin before going into battle to boost their confidence and morale. This is where the term Dutch Courage was born. After the war, it would take the Brits 150 years to produce their own Gin.

2: The famous London Gin is not produced in London?

Unlike several other drinks like Scotch, Cognac and Tequila; Gins do not have a location restriction and therefore the majority of your London Gin's are not produced in London. Only a tiny amount of the Gins produced are actually made in the city. However there are several Gins that do have a set location to be created and one of the most famous ones is Plymouth Gin which has been made in Plymouth, England since 1793.

3: Gin is just flavoured Vodka

The typical production method for Gin is to distill botanicals. These include juniper, coriander, citrus peel, cinnamon, almond or liquorice, with neutral grain alcohol. To make Gin it is essentially like flavouring vodka, the only difference is that the botanicals are all natural.

4: Gin is the most used ingredient in classic cocktails

Red Snapper, Gin Rickey, Negroni, Tom Collins, Hanky Panky, Clover Club, French 75, Martinez, Silver Bronx, Pegu Club, Southside, White Lady. These are just a tiny amount as there are several more to name but we could be here a while writing them out!

5: Not liking Gin is like not liking sauce

The main ingredient in Gin is Juniper. After that, a gin can have hundreds of different ingredients potentially added so the flavours are extremely varied. For example, some Gins have as little as 3/4 botanicals whereas the Scottish Gin Botanist has 31! Some examples of flavours that you could possibly find in your Gin are Cucumber, rose, lavender, lemongrass and black pepper!

This entry was posted on October 19, 2017