Although many think of gin to be a typically British drink, it, like many of our national favourites, didn’t originate here. There is a bit of debate about its origins with many believing it’s roots are firmly entrenched in 11th century Italy when a group of monks added juniper berries to a distilled spirit.

Whilst the Italians would love to claim one of the worlds most popular drinks as their own that would be pretty greedy considering all the wine and stuff they churn out and it is in fact the Netherlands who have been given the credit for being the birthplace of the hallowed beverage.

The word is that a Dutch doctor with the rather grand, and rather Italian sounding name, of Franciscus Sylvius used it for medicinal purposes way back in 1550. Then the Brits popped over there to fight the Spanish during the 30 Years War, think Saturday night in Benidorm with swords, and took a liking to this drink which was given to them to both warm them up and calm their nerves before going into battle. As per usual, the Brits got a taste for it, brought it back to Blighty, and the rest is history.

Fascinating fact of the day, drum roll please, gin was the first ever ‘Dutch courage’. Mind blown……