Gin has undergone a true metamorphosis over recent years, with luxury products popping up in an almost obsessive manner. It has a distinctly fresh, multi-dimensional taste and is perfect in cocktails or simply in tonic, with a twist of lemon. Where did gin come from though and why are so many in love with this drink?
The Dutch say that gin is derived from their spirit ‘genever’, a botanical-based liqueur with infusions of anise, coriander, caraway and juniper berries. A crude summary of history suggests that British soldiers fighting alongside the Dutch against the Spanish in the Thirty Years War, would indulge in some ‘gen’ before battle, hence the saying ‘Dutch Courage’. The Brits got a taste for the botanicals and were smitten, developing their own botanical-based spirit. As they were unable to pronounce Genever properly however, the word morphed into the name we all recognise today: gin.