Gin is the secret ingredient to some of the most mind-blowing cocktail treats. Here are some little-known facts about this truly versatile spirit.
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Gin was never intended to be taken straight up. It is supposed to be consumed as the key ingredient in a cocktail drink. However, other cultures have evolved their own drinking practices, and so you might encounter people who take it in shots.
Although the U.K. is the country most associated with gin, the drink actually traces back its origin to Holland. When the English were fighting in the Thirty Years’ War of the 17th century, they saw Dutch soldiers drinking Jenever to boost morale before charging in the battlefield. The idea caught on with the English, and basically, they copied off the enemy and made gin their own over a century later.
In the chemical sense, gin is not really far from vodka. Vodka is pure alcohol mixed with water. Gin, however, is that, plus botanicals such as juniper, coriander, citrus peel, or cinnamon. Other people might refer to gin as flavored vodka, and this is perfectly acceptable.
Gin can also be used for medicinal purposes. Its key ingredients have proven to stop scurvy and treat malaria. However, a bottle of gin hardly ever makes it to a doctor’s prescription. It’s truly meant to be enjoyed as a very soothing and satisfying drink.
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