When you think about Gin, it’s usually associated to the British, but not everyone knows that its origins are Dutch. Concretely in the XVth Century, a german settled in the Netherlands called Franciscus Sylvius, who was looking for a remedy for kidney stones, put some Juniper berries to macerate in alcohol. It was until next century, in 1575, when the dutch Luca Bols started its production at great scale. Even though it was presented still as a medicine, it got extended quickly in the Netherlands and Germany. In fact, its name comes from the dutch traduction of Juniper “Genever”.
Gin came to Great Britain by the hand of King William III “Orange”, born in The Haugue, who later banned the sale of any distilled produced abroad. That resulted in a very poor quality alcohol, and a huge consumption by the population (65 Litres per person and year), with riots and disturbs due to people’s intoxication. In time, the market evolved, until the iconic “London Dry Gin” was produced, marked with strict rules.
The actual fame rise of the Gin tonic can be understood by a series of changes that have triumphed among the people. First of them is the Super Premium Gin gamma, with new botanics and hints, that propose a new offer in front of the classic Gins. Some examples of this new series may be the Blue or Rose gins or other with different Botanics, such as flowers, cucumber, or berries. Another fact that can explain this is the balloon glass, which has become extremely popular in Spain. It may seem an irrelevant detail, but there it has changed the concept of Gin Tonic. It has become not a simple combined but an experience to delight quietly, with class, to be enjoyed, even as a digestif, with new hints and flavours.
Although Gin is mostly known to be part of the Gin tonic, it is also meant to be drunk neat or in many other cocktails such as the Tom Collins, Gimlet or Pink Lady.
But if a cocktail can equal Gintonic’s fame is Dry Martini, which is made with Gin and Dry Vermouth in an 8:1 proportion. To elaborate it really fine, all ingredients must be very cold. It even has a special cup for it, the Martini Cup. You simply put the ingredients inside, stir a little and serve with an olive or a lemon cask.
If the ingredients are not at the correct temperature, you must add ice to the cocktail, which can mean a watery drink, even more if it is shaked in a cocktail shaker, although this can be fine if the drinker is not too much fond of alcohol. That could be the case of James Bond, who always asked his “Vodka&Martini, shaken, not stirred”, but it may not be a very good idea to tell him, he has license to kill.