Gin is undoubtedly one of the most popular alcohol products and it is the favorite drink of many individuals. However, this luscious drink has taken a backseat over the few years and many individuals prefer to try Whisky, Rum, Beer, and Vodka rather than Gin. This is surprising because Gin is the base for many popular cocktails including Martini.
Here are some quirky and interesting facts about Gin, which you might not know. If you are Gin lover, then you will certainly find these facts fascinating, but even if you are not that of a fan of Gin, these facts might urge you to try Gin once again.
Franciscus de la Boe of Holland created the first variation of Gin in the 1600’s. It was initially created for medicine purposes such as to cure gouts, stomach ailments, and gallstones.
The Dutch chemists used distilled water and juniper to make this delicious spirit. The word “Gin” is actually a homonym for juniper and that is how this spirit got its name.
Tonic water and Gin were widely consumed by the British soldiers when they were in India. The quinine present in the tonic water was considered as a cure for malaria. Gin was added to tonic water in order to reduce the bitterness of the quinine.
The Ease of Preparation
The prohibition in the United States during the early 19th century made Gin significantly popular. This was because Gin is easier to make at home. All the manufactures needed was grain alcohol, juniper, and a big bathtub.
The prohibition also forced the “Speakeasies” to come out for the first time. Before the prohibition, these “Speakeasies” sold alcohol illegally. Many legitimate enterprises such as barbershops used to sell bottles of tonic water during the night.
The Largest Market
The world’s largest Gin market is Philippines and they face strong competition from the United States and Spain, who currently hold the second and third positions respectively. Reports indicate that more than 25 million cases of Gin are consumed in Philippines every year.
Gin has been around for approximately 500 years and there are several varieties of Gin products available to us. However, Bombay Sapphire is one brand, which stands out from rest of the Gin brands.
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