1. Gin and tonic can help fight malaria!
The quinine in tonic water is what really helps malaria. But it has a bitter taste, which is complemented by the addition of gin. That’s the reason why British colonialists in India started to drink the combo in the first place.
3. Vodka is made from potatoes. Gin is made from pine cones. Suck it, vodka.
Juniper berries, where gin gets its distinct flavor from, are actually conifers, like pine cones. Instead of getting all pine cone-y, they stay fleshy and berry-like. Crazy, I know.
4. It was created by a doctor (with a Ph.D in Good Times, I bet).
Franciscus Sylvius, a Dutch physician, allegedly invented gin. No one seems to be 100% sure on the actual invention of the spirit, but Holland’s Sylvius is often given the credit. Let’s just say to whomever invented it, God bless.
5. 1920s Prohibition-era “bathtub gin” almost always tasted horrible, but no one cared because gin is awesome.
It was basically grain alcohol with some herbs mixed in to make a bootleg spirit. On the plus side, the horrible taste was responsible for a plethora of cocktails.
7. Gin is a spirit that’s totally customizable.
Although the juniper berry taste is the most important part of gin being gin, adding other ingredients only makes it better. Different herbs and botanicals are often mixed to make proprietary gins that make them stand out among the rest. For instance, Hendrick’s infuses its gin with rose and cucumber, making for a crisp and complex gin.
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