Gin is a complex subject. There are so much history and technical variations. Here are a few things that you probably did not know about gin.
This post is a follow-up to my earlier post 10 things you did not know about gin.
- The most common ingredients
The most common ingredients in Gin are juniper, coriander, and angelica root. These three are often called the Holy Trinity of gin.
- Gin & Tonic started as a malaria medicine
In the old days, tonic water contained a lot of quinine, a chemical that helps the body fight the malaria parasite.
- Navy strength gin
The British navy made a rule that gin had to have a minimum alcoholic strength of 57% to be brought onboard on a ship. The reason goes back to the 18th century: If gin with a lower alcoholic content than 57% were spilled on the gunpowder, it would fail to light.
- World Gin Day
Every year at the beginning of June, a Saturday is dedicated as the World Gin Day. In 2017, it is on Saturday 10 June. See worldginday.com
- Half of the gin world’s consumption is done by two European countries
Great Britain and Spain stands for 50% of the European gin consumption.
- Juniper is picked wild
The gin makers use huge amounts of juniper berries. These berries are not widely cultivated; they are usually hand picked in the wild.
- Gin used to be called “Mother’s Ruin”
In the mid-eighteenth century, people in London drank so much gin that many became impotent or sterile causing a dramatic decline in birth rates.
- Londoners used to be heavy drinkers
In the 1700s the average person in London was drinking one and a half pints of gin a week. That is 8,52 deciliter per week.
- Juniper berries is not berries
The juniper berry is actually not a berry. It is a female seed cone.
- London gin does not have to be made in London.
In a London gin, all the flavors are added trough distillation. This is the most common style of gin.