Come learn more about why Gin got the dark name ‘Mother’s Ruin’.
Recently the popularity of Gin has shot up with casual drinkers due its wide versatility, affordability and a big reason is that it’s also very low in calories meaning it won’t lead to massive damage on your waistline or a diet.
There is a rich interesting history when it comes to Gin and if it’s your new go-to drink, you might as well learn about how it got to this point from the Dutch War of Independence to how it was first mixed with tonic water.
Here are fun facts you didn’t know about gin to tell your friends or a conversation starter at a bar, make sure you just don’t bore them to death about it!
1. The Godfather Of Gin
So who was the first person who created the spirit? It was Franciscus Sylvius, A dutch physician who first created genever as a medicine to help people improve their circulation during the 16th century.
The term ‘Dutch Courage’ comes from the Dutch Independence War when gin was given to soldiers and they called it ‘Dutch Courage.’
2. The Dutch Made It First
While Holland may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about Gin, this fine liquor was originally founded in Holland.
The reason why England is synonymous when it comes to gin is that the English discovered genever while fighting the Dutch War of Independence all the way back in the 17th century and brought it back with them.
Later the iconic London-style gin we all know and love was born.
3. Gin And Tonic Began In India
Tonic water is most famous for being mixed with Gin to create the iconic ‘Gin and Tonic’ but how did it come to this?
Well, during the 19th century, the British were occupied in India after the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857.
Due to malaria being a persistent problem at the time, Scottish doctor George Cleghorn studied how quinine could be the key to prevent the disease.
The quinine was later drunk inside tonic water but due to its bitter taste, many found it very unpleasant to drink.
British soldiers then took a mixture of water, sugar, lime and finally gin to the tonic water, thus the famous Gin and Tonic was born.
4. Gimlet Was Born To Keep Scurvy Away
Royal Navy officers were very fond of gin and even until the 1970’s they had a daily Gin ration!
They first often drank the spirit in the 17th century, they later discovered citrus juice was encouraged to keep them from developing scurvy due to the lack of vitamin C they were getting on the ships so it didn’t take them to begin mixing their gin with juice from lemons and lime.
This birthed the Gimlet. Innovation at it’s finest!
5. The Tale Of Mother’s Ruin
While we learnt the now light-hearted often used phrase ‘Dutch Courage’ was birthed from gin. There is a much darker meaning behind the nickname ‘Mother’s Ruin’ that gin has got.
The reason for this was due gin being very inexpensive at the time meant the rise of Gin in Britain in the mid-eighteen century as ‘the poor man’s drink’
This led to many men becoming impotent and then women began to become sterile causing the London birth rate to plummet. This spawned the name ‘Mother’s Ruin’ because of its effects at the time.
6. Philippines Love
Gin came to the Philippines in the 1830s, it is now known as the biggest gin market in the world due to their love of the drink. They currently consume up to 22 million cases a year. They make up a massive 43% of the entire world gin market.
When a new bottle is cracked open, a shot of gin is poured onto the floor to pay respect to their ancestors before them. A touching tribute.
7. There Is A World Gin Day
In today’s age, there seems to be a day for just about everything as we know but this is a day I’m sure we can all get behind.
World Gin Day is on the 12th of June next year, so save the date and a bottle and enjoy!
Not sure what brand to enjoy? We produced a guide about the best gin brands in the UK.