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World Gin Day

Posted by Andrew Wilson on June 7 2017.

So it comes again ‘World Gin Day’. It’s somehow an ancient rite ever since it was invented couple of years ago. Traditionally, World Gin Day sees gin day drinksfamilies up and down the country gathering around the Gin Tree to say prayers to Mother Juniper before the children take to the streets, knocking on doors for gin.

It obviously a time for gin lovers to rejoice as it might just be an excuse for drinking.  It also gives us a legitimate excuse to mix up a cocktail and learn about the exceptional gins used for cocktail making. As we encourage people to people to get into the juniper spirit on gin day, be it with tonic or cocktails, there will be whole lots of events going on and cocktail hen party is not an exception.

If you’re partial to the odd G&T or gin martini, we’re sure you’ll be as besotted as we are with the notion that gin day should be incorporated in your upcoming parties. Why not be part of the gin day as you learn the act of using gin for cocktails or just for the sake of it.

What do you know about Gin?

The early 17th century was the first date for the production of gin in Holland. It was first produced as a medicine and sold in chemist shops to treat stomach complaints, gallstones and gout (this explains why my mum gives me a shot of gin mixed with herbs whenever I have stomach upset). To make it more palatable, the Dutch started to flavour it with juniper, which had medicinal properties of its own.

The Gin Riot

There became a major problem as the abuse of alcohol by the poor struck during the 18th century. Good gin became had to find as people where distilling the spirits in their various homes. There was an attempt to tackle the problem by introducing The Gin Act on 29th September 1739, which made it prohibitively expensive to buy gin. Along this Gin Act was a licence to retail gin with a cost of £50 and duty was raised fivefold per gallon. Riots broke out and the law was openly broken.

The Gin Act, finally recognised as unenforceable, was revoked in 1742 and new policy was introduced with the help of distillers with reasonable high prices, reasonable excise duties and licensed retailers under the supervision of magistrates. Due to these changes, more responsible firms embarked on the business if distilling and retailing gin which then became a high quality drink up till date. All said and done, it’s time to raise your glass filled with Gin high, clink it with friends and toast to good times.

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