Are you a gin genius? Find out in our New Year gin quiz!

If you're nursing a bit of a hangover this morning after all last night's festivities, what better way to clear the cobwebs than a big fat New Year's Day gin quiz? (Well, and perhaps one of these hair of the dog cocktails...). Answers are at the bottom of the page - no cheating!

Question 1

The Juniper plants that produce the berries used to make gin are a species of:

juniper berries botanicals

A: Conifer

B: Weed

C: Fern

D: Deciduous tree

 

Question 2

What’s the second most popular botanical used in gin after juniper?

berries seeds botanicals

A: Cloves

B: Coriander

C: Heather

D: Cassia bark

 

Question 3

Jenever (or genever), the precursor to modern gin, originated in which country?

gin glasses

A: France

B: Austria

C: America

D: Holland

 

Question 4

What’s the name of the sweet style of gin that is sometimes described as the ‘missing link’ between jenever and London Dry?

gin and tonic g&t

A: Old Man

B: Old Annie

C: Old Tom

D: Old Age

 

Question 5

London’s so-called “gin craze” which saw a virtual epidemic of extreme drunkenness in the capital provoking moral outrage and a legislative backlash, took place in which century?

london skyline

A: 17th

B: 18th

C: 19th

D: 20th

 

Question 6

What is the name of this famous illustration (below) by William Hogarth?

william hogarth painting

A: Gin Lane

B: Gin Market

C: Gin & Sin

D: Gin for everyone!

 

Question 7

In 2015, UK gin sales surpassed what figure for the first time?

gin and tonic

A: £100,000

B: £ 1 million

C: £500 million

D: £1 billion

 

Question 8

The name ‘London Dry Gin’ denotes that:

beefeater gin

A: A particular production method has been followed to make the gin.

B: The gin was made somewhere within the Greater London area.

C: The gin was within the boundaries of City of London.

D: The gin has lemon peel in it.

Question 9

Tonic water was drunk by colonial soldiers in 19th century India because the quinine it contains helps stave off which disease?

tonics

A: Mumps

B: Influenza

C: Malaria

D: Chlamydia

 

Question 10

The classic Martini is a cocktail made by combining gin with which other ingredient?

gin and tonic

A: Vermouth

B: Vodka

C: Champagne

D: Maraschino liqueur

 


ANSWERS

Question 1

A: Conifer

Junipers are coniferous plants in the genus Juniperus. The so-called berries are in fact seed cones with unusually fleshy and merged scales, which give them a berry-like appearance.

Question 2

B: Coriander

Coriander appears in almost nine out of ten gins, the vast majority of the time in the form of its seeds, which bring citrus notes along with a warm, spicy tang.

Question 3

D: Holland

Also known as Dutch gin, jenever is the traditional liquor of the Netherlands and is available in two different styles - oude (old) and jonge (young).

Question 4

C: Old Tom

Popular in 18th-century England Old has experienced a resurgence in the craft cocktail movement. It is slightly sweeter than London Dry, but slightly drier than the Dutch Jenever.

Question 5

B: 18th

At the beginning of the 18th century, the banning of French brandy imports combined with relaxed laws on distilling sprits, led to a huge increase in gin production – and a huge drop in prices. In 1721 Middlesex magistrates described gin as "the principal cause of all the vice & debauchery committed among the inferior sort of people."

Question 6

A: Gin Lane

William Hogarth issued the Gin Lane print in 1751 along with another called Beer Street. Designed to be viewed alongside each other, they depict the evils of the consumption of gin as a contrast to the merits of drinking beer.

Question 7

D: £1 billion

Research from Mintel showed that gin sales topped the £1 billion mark this year, with one third (33%) of adult Brits having drunk gin in the past 12 months, helping us to get through 29 million litres of gin as a nation.

Question 8

A: A particular production method has been followed to make the gin.

As long as the botanicals are added during the distilling process rather than being added later as flavourings, and providing no sugar or colourings have been added, gin from anywhere can be called a London Dry.

Question 9

C: Malaria

In the 1700s it was discovered that quinine could be used to prevent and treat malaria, although the bitter taste was unpleasant. The gin and tonic originated in India in the 19th century, when officers in the army of the British East India Company used their gin rations, combined with sugar and lime, to improve the flavour the tonic water they were ordered to drink.

Question 10

A: Vermouth

A classic Martini contains gin (lots), vermouth (a little) and nothing else. It should be very cold, stirred (not shaken, no matter what Bond says) and garnished with either a lemon twist or an olive. Perfection in a glass…

How many did you get right?

1-5: You’re a Juniper Junior

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6-8: You’re a Spirits Scholar

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9-10: You’re a Gin Genius

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