Herbaceous, sometimes floral, complex in taste but with a clean base – gin is a fabulous spirit with incredible versatility, variety and flavor. Gin has its roots in jenever, a juniper-flavored liquor that appears to have originally been used as a medicinal tonic, and was first documented in scientific papers in 1266 Belgium. Jenever made its way to the British isles around the late 1600s, morphed and changed as it gained widespread popularity, eventually became gin, and became the unofficial national alcoholic beverage of England.
Over the years, gin has evolved into a fascinating spirit, with a limitless range of botanical and herb blends, flavors and uses. Gin is usually made from a base of grain, which is first fermented and then distilled. Juniper berries are added during the distillation process; gin must contain juniper berries in order to be called gin. Different types of gin are excellent for drinking neat, or on the rocks, or in refreshing and revitalizing cocktails.