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All about Gin

Gin is thought to have originated in Holland in the early 1600's and sold as a medicine to cure stomach complaints, gallstones and gout. As with medicines today, the Dutch started flavouring it with Juniper to make it more palatable. Gin made its way to England after the Thirty Years War and it became even more popular when William of Orange rose to the throne in 1689.

Also known as Dutch Courage and Mother's Milk, Gin is created from the distillation of corn and barley. Originally it was the drink of the poor, being relatively cheap, compared to beer, and available in abundance. In 1730 nearly 7000 stores existed in London that only sold spirits. Abuse became a problem with an average male adult consuming 14 gallons a year. Various laws were introduced to curb usage with things finally settling on establishments requiring a license to sell spirts, reasonably high taxes and higher selling price. Today there are thousands of cocktails that use Gin as an ingredient.

Here are some Gin based drink recipes that are popular today.

Long Island Ice Tea Recipe

1.0 dash Cola
0.5 oz. Gin
0.5 oz. Rum
1.0 oz. Sour mix
0.5 oz. Tequila
0.5 oz. Triple sec
0.5 oz. Vodka

Combine all ingredients over ice in a glass. Add a dash of cola for colour only. Stir.

Singapore Sling Recipe

1.0 dash Cherry Liqueur
4.0 oz Club Soda
1.0 oz Gin
0.5 oz Grenadine
2.0 oz bottled Sour mix

Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add gin, sour mix, and grenadine. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes. Fill with club soda and top with cherry brandy.

Martini Recipe

1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth

Stir with ice cubes, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive or a twist of lemon.

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