Gin is made from juniper berries, which give it its distinct flavour. The spirit first originated in the middle ages, and has evolved over the course of a millennium, from a traditional herbal medicine to one of the most celebrated drinks in the spirit industry today. During the gin craze of the 1700s, Brits were glugging a staggering 10 litres of the spirit a year. Today the gin category is one of the most popular and widely distributed range of spirits, so much so that mixologists are calling current times the ‘gineration’.
The array of different origins, styles and flavour profiles all revolve around juniper as an ingredient. Served in trendy martini cocktails or as a traditional gin and tonic, gin has continued to fuel our spirits, from the ‘bathtub’ gin of the prohibition to a cold Hendricks and cucumber on a summer afternoon today.