15 Fun Facts About Gin

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For a spirit to be considered ‘gin’ it must be flavoured with juniper berries. Saying that though, there are tens of other botanicals in gin that gives each bottle the amazing flavour we all love!

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Although us Brits are the number one fans of gin, the juniper-led spirit originated from Holland. It was discovered by English soldiers and brought to England in the early 1600s

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Prior to gin becoming a spirit we enjoy for leisurely reasons, the spirit was used for medicinal purposes. In India, it was used to make tonic water and cinchona mixture a more palatable taste to combat malaria.

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Popular gin botanicals include coriander, orris root, liquorice, cassia and lemon peel! Many other herbs and spices like peppercorn and basil also make an appearance.

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Whilst this is fine for an initial taste, gin is not designed to be drank on it’s own. The pairing of gin and tonic works well to mask their bitter tastes.

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There are more gin based cocktails than any other spirit. Most popular ones are negroni, martini and of course the humble G&T!

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Thanks to the James Bond film, the martini has became the most sought after cocktail, made from a mixture of gin and dry vermouth, shaken not stirred.

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Gin and curry go together like, well gin and tonic. The marriage of flavour works will because neither overpowers the other.

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Traditionally, a gin and tonic cocktail is garnished with a wedge of lime, but there are many unique garnishes you can use for a G&T.

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There’s a whole day dedicated to celebrating the amazing goodness of gin! The next one is on June 8th 2019! Here are some other days you can drown yourself in gin, including Negroni Week and World Martini Day.

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There’s no set maximum, but the minimum alcoholic strength of gin is 37.5%.

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The most expensive bottle of gin costs over £700 for a 75cl bottle.

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Lovers of gin can profess their love for gin and their partner with these simple gin themed wedding ideas.

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Gin is for drinking, but one of the key attractions is its scent. Brands have noticed this and are now you can now get gin and tonic scented candles or gin perfume.

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Craft Gin Club, the UK’s no.1 gin subscription club for gin lovers, was launched in 2015. The gin club is loved by Sarah Willingham after it appeared on Dragon’s Den.