A Brief History of Gin and the Classic Cocktail

Apr 22, 2014

 

The history of Gin is quite murky. Everyone agrees that it has its origins in the Netherlands, but who and when precisely it was invented is still shrouded in mystery. Yes, Gin was certainly invented. The product of a laboratory experiment, it's speculated that in the late 1500s, while searching for a herbal solution to tropical diseases, a professor of medicine discovered that the berry of the juniper tree had a hidden power. Juniper extract had intense effects on the body’s metabolism. Before long, people were mixing Juniper with grain spirit to create “Jenever”. English troops in the 17th century came across this miraculous concoction and began to imbibe before battle to lift their spirits and give them courage to attack. They carried it with them back to England and eventually the French word genièvre was abbreviated to the more easily pronounced and appropriate: Gin.

The English people fell head over heels in love with the drink and 200 years later it was still a favorite of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.  In America, bathtub gin made the substance infamous during the Roaring Twenties. It was cheap to produce and didn’t require any heavy machinery. It quickly became the popular lubricant of the people. Gin has since remained the simple, do-it-yourself choice for amateur mixologists and sophisticated minimalists. Its most endearing quality is that it doesn’t ask too much of the drinker. It is smooth, colorless, and lacking the sharp kick of vodka. It's just gin, and that’s why we love it.

Below is the purists recipe for a Classic Gin Gimlet

 

Classic Gin Gimlet:

75 ml Gin

25 ml Rose’s lime cordial

Garnish with wedges of lime


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