22). The Hot Gin Twist was the most popular gin in London in 1823
So popular, in fact, that it was celebrated in many poems and newspapers of the time!
23). Juniper as protection
During the plague, doctors wore masks filled with juniper berries! The berries were thought to fight off the plague and people even bathed in juniper oil!
24). Juniper berries are not actually berries
Deceptive as the name may be, Juniper berries are not, in fact, berries. They’re actually just fleshy cones of female junipers that have an appearance very similar to berries!
25). Using gunpowder to determine the quality of gin
That’s right! Naval officers used to test the quality of their gin with gunpowder! They’d pour some gin onto their gunpowder and test the quality by seeing how well it lit! This also led to the birth of the name ‘Navy Strength’ gin. You can try our very own Navy Strength Gin to get a feel for its high ABV. Though we wouldn’t recommend mixing it with gunpowder these days!
26). We almost lost gin entirely
A fungal disease took hold of the juniper plant in 2015, and it was feared for some time that Britain would lose its remaining possession of the plant!
27). Dr Suess and his relationship to gin
Have you ever wondered how the creator of ‘green eggs and ham, that sam I am’ got his name? Well, after being caught drinking gin in University, he was banned from contributing to the university’s humour magazine. So, he began submitting pieces under the name Suess. This became Dr Suess, which went on to be his life-long pseudonym!