The History of Gin: From Medicine to Mixology

The History of Gin: From Medicine to Mixology

Gin is one of the oldest spirits in the world, having been around for over 3,000 years. It has a rich and fascinating history, having been used as medicine in ancient civilizations, a form of currency, and even served as an ingredient in other drinks. In this blog post, we'll explore the history of gin, from its early medicinal uses to its role in modern mixology.

The Medicinal Origins of Gin
Gin was used as a medicine in ancient Egypt and Greece, and later in medieval Europe, where it was believed to have therapeutic properties. It wasn't until the 16th century that juniper was added to the distillation process, giving gin its characteristic flavor and aroma.Juniper Pic                                                               Juniper Plant

The Rise of Gin in Europe
Gin's popularity soared in the 17th century, particularly in the Netherlands and England. The Dutch called it "genever," and the English called it "gin." Gin became a popular drink in London, where it was sold in gin shops and consumed in large quantities by the poor.

The Distilling of Gin
The first gin distillery was opened by Dutch immigrants on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1741. Since then, gin production has become more sophisticated, with a variety of botanicals and spices used to create unique blends.

Club Gin
Sanbos has a house brand known as Club Gin which uses distilled London Dry. Dry enough to give it a hit of intensity, yet bearing notes of lemon zest, orange peel, and berries, Club Gin is a sensory experience to savor.

Gin in Modern Mixology

Today, gin is a staple in the world of mixology. Its unique flavor and versatility make it an essential ingredient in many classic cocktails, such as the Martini, Negroni, and Gin and Tonic.

Gin has come a long way from its origins as a medicinal elixir. Its unique flavor and versatility have made it an important part of global culture and history. Whether you're a fan of classic gin cocktails or a lover of modern mixology, there's no denying the enduring appeal of this ancient spirit.

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