Gin is still a booming category, and we are constantly sourcing the newest and most exciting bottles for you to try – whether these be from the established brands or the small guys who are churning out top notch liquid.
Gin: A brief history
During the Renaissance (a time of great thinking and creativity), gin was seen as a bit of a ‘cure-all’. At one point it was even believed to be a viable cure for the Black Death. Of course, it wasn’t.
Gin then became a bit of a medicine, a real therapeutic find in fact. The British Empire expanded, and as it did so, it ran into a variety of tropical diseases, including Malaria to mention just one. These tropical diseases were powerful, and doctors were puzzled as to how to combat the effects.
Quinine, derived from the bark of the cinchona tree, proved to have some impact against Malaria, but it was very difficult to stomach due to the bitterness of the taste. After a while, chemists realised that they could carbonate quinine, and then created the modern-day tonic. And so the gin and tonic was born. Gin and tonic is one of the most popular drinks in bars around the globe, and the clean taste is beloved by millions.
Good news about Gin
Juniper berries are good for you. In fact, millions of people take supplements daily that contain extract of juniper. There are many things that juniper is good for, including battling infections, helping you to deal with a bad cough and tackling lung congestion. Gin has also been shown to help people who have arthritis, as well as containing antioxidants, reducing the impact of wrinkles.
Gin is also one of the least calorie heavy drinks out there, and it is great for your digestive system too, so bloating isn't going to happen.
Essentially, gin has many health benefits, and the presence of juniper alone is one of the most valuable aspects. On top of juniper though, the drink also contains many other natural ingredients, including nutmeg, sage and coriander.
Cocktails and Gin
Gin is meant to be mixed, due to the herbs and spices inside it. This is why it's so often used as a mixer and is a staple of cocktails. The herbs and spices and other ingredients really come to life in a cocktail. At the moment, there are more classic cocktails made with gin than with any other spirit. These include The Tom Collins, The Alexander and The Silver Bronx.
We are huge fans of gin and have grown our range to encompass several hundred different brands, which we believe taste amazing and have brilliant back-stories. Our range spans the globe, for example: American Gin; Belgian Gin, British Gin; English Gin; French Gin; German Gin; Spanish Gin and Japanese Gin. In fact you can probably find a gin from most countries in the world.
Not only do we focus on gins from different regions, our range also covers multiple types of gin, whether you are looking for London Dry Gin, Dry Gin, Sloe Gin, Navy Strength or Old Tom Gin.
Or maybe you are looking for something a bit more unique – for example unusual gins which change colour when you add tonic, or speciality gins which have been made from unique ingredients such as elephant dung!