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10 more things you did not know about gin

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Juniper berries is not berries
    The juniper berry is actually not a berry. It is a female seed cone.
  10. 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.
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