There are several different versions regarding the origin of Gin. Some sources say that Gin originates in Holland back in 1550 when professor of medicine Franciscus de la Boe, also known as Franciscus Sylvius, was trying to concoct a cure for stomach complaints using the diuretic properties of juniper berries and stumbled on this wonderful infusion which he named Genever. He called it genever after the French term genièvre meaning juniper. By 1655 it was already being commercially produced and English soldiers serving in the area, took affection to the spirit.

The French claim they have been involved in gin making for over 450 years dating back to the 16th century.

Gin production in the United States dates back to colonial times, but the great boost to Gin production was the advent of National Prohibition in 1920.




Gin history goes back to the date of 17th century and it is said that the first place where it originated is Holland. But there are few who believe that it was first prepared in Italy. The origination of this special drink in Holland was as a medicine which was being prepared for the treatment of stomach ache, gouts and gallstones. It was sold at all the chemist shops. Earlier it was, like any other medicine very bitter. So, Dutch started to mix junipers with it so that it has a good flavor along with the medicinal properties that the juniper had.

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To be very perfect of the date about the Gin History, it all started in 1550, when professor of medicine Franciscus de la Boe was trying to get a cure for stomach complaints using all the diuretic properties of juniper berries and he stumbled on this wonderful creation and infusion which he named as ‘Genever’. But it gained popularity as a very great alcoholic drink. The British troop was fighting all these countries for the thirty years wars. As the troop was back to England after the war, they brought this special liquor with them. They were given this special drink to keep away from the cold. In that time, distillation was taking place at a very low peed in England. Here this got the name of ‘Gin’ which is an anglicized version of ‘genever’. This Gin history is very famous for the Dutch people as well as people from England. Although the difference remains from the original gin of gin history t the gin being prepared in the England. The original gin in Dutch is thick rich and very full while London dry gin is very fresh, dry and light.

Another gin history related with this drink is that during the reign of King Charles I, the quality of gin and its image improved because of much good distillation process. Gin history also has a record that when King William III better known as William of Orange came to the throne, he made a series of statues actively encouraging distillation of English spirits. It is also seen in Gin history that sometimes, gin was being distributed to workers as their wages.

As any other things has its own bad and good phase, Gin history also recites a bed phase in it when its production was almost suppressed but the quantity consumed of bad spirits were increasing. This was in the year 1729 when an excise license of $ 20 was introduced and 2 shillings per gallon duty was levied. In 1730, London has almost 7000 shops which sold only spirits. The gin history records a gin Act at midnight on 29th September 1739, when gin was made prohibitively expensive. Riots broke out and there were wide reactions of people for this act.

And going to the last news of Gin history which revived its great effect was in the year 1920, Gin triumphed as a latest cocktail drink and it became the darling of famous Cunard Cruises. And by 1951, the bartenders listed down around 7000 cocktails on its files.

Gin Quote: “Things, since you left, have not gone well with me: they have taken me from a place where there was gin to a place where there is no gin.” – Sarah Caudwell



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