Gin Through The Ages – Vemacity


Gin Through The Ages

In the twenty-first century, one of the most popular drinks worldwide is gin - much of this is down to its versatility, as it can be drunk in a variety of ways. Many people simply enjoy it due to the wide variety of beautiful gin glasses that it can be had in. What many people don’t know, however, is that gin can trace its roots back through the centuries. For anyone that believes themselves to be a gin connoisseur, and would like to learn a little more, the team here at Vemacity are pleased to provide you with a brief education.

Ancient Medicinal Roots

Although this may not technically have been called ‘gin’, we believe that there is enough of a connection to warrant its inclusion on this historical guide. Circa. seventy A.D., there was a journal published, which included a list of various different herbal medicines. One such description was of a way in which to offset the effects of chest pains - it involves seeping juniper berries (one of the primary ingredients of gin) into wine, and then consuming. This, then, is one of the first known ‘recipes’ of gin.

The Dutch Drink

Whilst the dates vary depending on which source you are reading from, it is commonly agreed that gin was popularised and brought into common production in the Netherlands. Once again, however, the purpose was at first more related to medicine. Those suffering from illnesses such as gout and lumbago typically prescribed a juniper-infused wine. This recipe was then taken by the British in the early seventeenth century, and soon began to overtake brandy as one of the most popular drinks of the time. 

Eighteenth-Century Boom

What truly brought gin into mainstream consumption is the creation of the column still. This revolutionised the way in which distillers were able to create gin - the process was subsequently cleaner, more efficient, and a lot cheaper. Thanks to it being better quality, it was adopted as the chosen drink of the higher classes, whilst beer slipped down towards the lower classes.

Where It Is Today

The turn of the millennium can be seen as a very important milestone in the life of gin. Hendricks Gin came into existence in nineteen ninety-nine, with Fever-Tree tonic following soon afterwards. As more diversity came into the world of gin, the popularity began to soar, with it even overtaking vodka as the more popular spirit.

Want To Find Out More?

Whilst here at Vemacity we are proud to have extensive knowledge regarding the history and origins of gin, this is not our sole speciality. We strive to have the finest collections of gin and tonic glasses in the country. Not only this, but in recent years we have sought to diversify our range, in order to include bar accessories gift sets. Whether you are searching for the perfect balloon glasses to treat a loved one to, or you are new to drinking gin and want to find a beautiful Spanish Copa glass for yourself, one thing is certain. You won’t be disappointed by a lack of quality in our products.

We would love to hear from anyone that is interested in learning more about our various items for sale. If you have a particular ladies gin glass that you have your eye on, and you would like to chat to one of our representatives about it, there are various ways in which you can get in touch. For a written discussion about our products, please send us an e-mail at [email protected]. To chat with a member of our team in a more casual atmosphere, you can give us a call on 0800 2461 586. 

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