A Brief History of Gin

Making Gin | Gin styles

In a previous post I went through what goes in gin, but each style is made in a different way. The most basic style is compound gin, which is made by adding natural or artificial oils and flavours from juniper and botanicals to neutral spirit. This style is generally frowned about by serious gin drinkers, however […] Read more…

A Brief History of Gin | Dutch Courage

There is some dispute about who first created gin, but I credit Dutchman Franciscus de la Boe Sylvius, a professor of medicine who was experimenting with juniper as a diuretic in the 1550s. He infused juniper into white spirit and it was sold in chemists as a treatment for stomachaches, gout and gallstones. During the Thirty […] Read more…