Gin and history

by Alberto Martínez

Gin is an English distilled spirit derivative from the beverage -Dutch Jenever (gin). These spirits are made from the distillation of unmalted barley, and corrected with juniper berries, besides of being flavored with cardamom and some other herbs or fruits, which give the distinctive flavor to gin. Gin has an alcohol content ranging from 43 to 47 alcohol degrees.

The History of Gin

As stated earlier Gin derives from – Geneva, so the history of one is linked to the other. Gin originated in the Netherlands (Holland) back in the seventeenth century, the father of this invigorating drink was the doctor and German scientist and anatomist Franciscus Sylvius (1614-1672), also known as “Franz De Le Boe”.

Gin reached its popularity in the so-called Glorious Revolution in the year 1688 in England, the Dutch gin, also called “jenever” or “Geneva”, was beginning to be one of the most drunk distilled beverage, but this gin had a different process of elaboration from what was later known as gin ….

Back in the eighteenth century gin had been favored by the British government with free distribution, while imposed high taxes on imported alcoholic beverages, a fact that increased the production of gin, up to 6 times more than beer itself.

In 1740 a large market had been opened, especially among the poorest strata, due to its low cost. It is said that nearly 15000 liquor establishments were opened in the city of London and more than half of them sold gin. But its high demand and popularity lead them to start adulterating it with water, which increased health problems and even some cases were lethal, so much so that the British government issued a ban that only lasted until 1742.

Gin or Jenever?

While it is true that gin and Jenever are synonymous, there are small details and big discussions that separate them from each other. It is said that Gin is English and Jenever is Dutch, perhaps this is the greatest difference in this drink. Preparation is another issue that comes to the eternal discussion.

It is said that gin was first made by Alexander Gordon in his distillery, in Southwark, in what they called London gin, back in1734, but it’s a hypothesis of the creation of gin. This time we will not judge, or take part on this discussion, we just invite you to drink a Jenever or gin:

Gin Hendrick’s: In the distilled fashion is everything, and this gin is in a trendy “moment. ” Herbal aromas combine with a soft improper of a senior distillate.

Gin 9 Mascaró: In Spain there were no demand for high quality gin until recently, and since this Gin was made then are emerging brands to cover this new space. One of which has pointed out is Mascaro, this gin with citrus touches is very pleasant in the mouth.

Gin Bulldog: Although the name may be associated with an aggressive dog, in fact it highlights the English spirit. A completely different gin from the rest and that is appreciated in its elaboration, where lotus leaves or poppies are used. You have got to try it.

A good gin and tonic – well served is quite a ritual. Some people uses cucumber in it, lemon, and mint … What do you use? What do you recommend?

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