Exploring the Roots of Gin

16 Mar , 2024 - Blog

With its rich herbal flavor and distinctive aroma of juniper, gin is one of the most iconic and beloved spirits in the world. But what is the story behind this timeless drink?

Origins

The birth of gin dates back centuries, when monks and alchemists in Europe began experimenting with infusing herbs and spices into alcoholic solutions to create medicines. The earliest traces of what we now call “gin” can be found in the Netherlands, where in the 16th century it was common to add juniper berries to distilled alcohol as a medicinal remedy. This beverage became popular both for its alleged healing properties and its pleasant taste.

The term “gin” derives from the Dutch jenever or genever, which means “juniper.” The Netherlands played a fundamental role in the development of gin, as it was the birthplace of many of the first distilleries and gin producers.

Spread

In the 17th century, Dutch gin began to spread throughout Europe, thanks to the maritime trade of the Netherlands and Dutch immigration to other European countries. In particular, gin became very popular in England when introduced by English soldiers returning from the Thirty Years’ War in the Netherlands. Gin quickly became a widespread beverage among the English working classes, especially in London, where it was produced and consumed in large quantities. Its spread led to the creation of a wide range of gin-based cocktails and drinks, which became popular in English bars and pubs.

The Era of the Gin Craze

The 18th century is known as the era of the Gin Craze in England. During this period, gin consumption reached alarming levels, with devastating social consequences. Gin was available at extremely low prices, and its production and sale were unregulated, leading to excessive alcohol consumption, increased crime, and poverty. The English government intervened with severe laws to regulate the production and sale of gin, aiming to end abuse and excessive alcohol consumption.

The Evolution of Gin

Over time, gin has undergone various transformations. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, various types of gin emerged, each with its own distinctive characteristics and production traditions.

Today, gin is more popular than ever, with a resurgence of cocktail culture and growing interest in artisanal and high-quality spirits. New distilleries are emerging worldwide, each with its own interpretation and innovation of classic gin. From traditional varieties to bold and experimental new creations, there is a gin for every taste and preference. We propose Soero, a unique, fresh, and harmonious creation, the result of careful selection and combination of ingredients, giving the gin impeccable balance and extraordinary delicacy on the palate.

And now, all that’s left is to toast to this iconic drink and its deep roots as we continue to explore and appreciate all that the world of gin has to offer.


Sources:

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  2. David Wondrich, Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to “Professor” Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar. 2007.
  3. Lichine, Alexis. Alexis Lichine’s New Encyclopedia of Wines & Spirits. 5th Edition, 1987.

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