The history of the GIN
As with other spirits, the GIN had its origins in its use in medical fields. Many centuries ago, according to the records, an Arab scholar distilled the first predecessors of today's GIN and tried to simplify the process.
Since at that time many botanicals were considered healing and were used in medicine, a wide variety of herbs and berries, including juniper, were distilled.
The official inventor, however, is a Dutch doctor (Franciscus Sylvius de la Boe) who distilled the first juniper schnapps called "Genever" in the 16th century.
Even in the Middle Ages, today's GIN precursor was used to fight fever attacks.
The benefits of the distilled herbs and berries were soon recognized and from then on they were also consumed as luxury goods. The original drink was further developed and soon found favor with the Dutch upper class.
Due to the close connection between England and Holland, British soldiers stationed in Holland quickly found favor with the "Genever". When the drink was finally introduced in the home country of England, the name Genever was simply shortened to "GIN".
By Wilhelm III. The distillation law passed, since 1690, has been able to produce GIN to private individuals.