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Gin and Jenever?

The name for Gin originates from the French name for juniper, genièvre. Juniper has been used for many centuries for its medicinal properties and as a flavour for home-distilled spirits. The invention of Gin (the distillation of spirit with juniper along with other spices) dates back to the 17th century when the English army discovered it in Holland. Gin has several styles – the most common is London Dry Gin, which is a distilled gin. The botanicals alongside the juniper are commonly citrus based, such as lemon, bitter orange peel with a variety of other spices, including anise, angelica, orris root, liquorice root, cinnamon, dragon eye, saffron, frankincense, coriander, nutmeg and cassia bark. It cannot contain added sugar or colourants and water is the only permitted additive. Plymouth Gin is also another style of gin. It can only be produced in Plymouth, England and is not as dry in flavour and London Dry gin. It also has a more ‘earthy’ character. Gin can be enjoyed with a splash of good tonic or in various classic cocktails such as the Martini, the Gin Fizz and the Tom Collins.

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