Gin Gin Gin

Thursday, June 12, 2014

When summer rolls around I’ll enjoy a cocktail here and there with dinner vs. my usual vino. Recently my cocktail taste buds have led me to GIN. I feel a bit old staying that “I drink gin,” but trust me - some gin cocktails are rather tasty! 

One of my favorite gin’s right now is the Organic Ginever from a local distillery Wigle. You can purchase a bottle from the Wigle distillery and it’s found in many cocktails around Pittsburgh. Soon (if not now) you will be able to purchase it at local liquor stores too!

I suggest purchasing some gin because June 14th is World Gin Day. Celebration with the world!

I wanted to do a little research on the history of gin, so I consulted my good friends over at Wikipedia for some information. Here are some fun facts about the history of gin!

Gin’s flavor comes from juniper berries.

It dates back to the middle ages when it was used as a herbal medicine. It then became rather popular in Great Britain when William of Orange occupied the thrown.

In the 18th century there was a Gin Craze in Great Britain. Many people were indulging a bit too much in gin and the city of London had a huge drinking problem.

Dutch or Belgian gin is known as jenever or genever because it’s made from malt wine spirits.

Gin is a poplar base for drinks such as martinis.