James’ Gin Gems Number 1 – Story of Gin

Story of Gin

If the Martini is the King of Cocktails, then Gin is the crown it wears upon its head. This grain-based liquor is flavored with juniper berries, which explains its almost pinecone-like flavor. The name gin comes from the Dutch word for juniper, jenever. Back in the 1650s, a Dutch doctor first distilled it as an elixir for calming the stomach and for stimulating the appetite.  London Dry Gin is a distillation process and only 1 Premium London Dry gin is still distilled in London and that’s Beefeater.

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