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Anyone for a Gin and Tonic? Tom Collins


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Plymouth Gin Lemon and Tonic
{Read the history of Gin making below}
Camera Nikon D700 with 70-300mm Lense.
ISO 200, 0.4sec, f/16, App Priority, Manual Focus.
Featured in The Weekend Photographer

And this is where they make Plymouth Gin

History of Gin Making
The actual origins of Gin can be traced to 17th century Holland. Dr. Franciscus de La Boie invented Gin in 1650. He was a medical professor at the University of Leyden and was more widely known as Dr. Sylvius. As was with many other spirits. The origins of Gin originally intended to be used as a medicine. Dr. Sylvius was seeking an inexpensive, but effective diuretic to use in the treatment of kidney disorders.
He mixed oil of Juniper berries with grain alcohol, both of which have diuretic properties. He called his new medical concoction “genever”, from the French word for Juniper.

What made the origins of Gin recipe so revolutionary, was not the use of Juniper, it had been used before in dozens of liqueur formulas, but the choice of grain alcohol. Until Dr. Sylvius, most beverage alcohol had been made from grapes or other fruit. In other words, Brandies. While the Scotch and Irish were making Whiskies from grain, they tempered them with years of aging in wooded casks. Unaged grain spirits, at least those produced with 17th century technology, were considered too harsh for human consumption. But Genever tasted good and it was relatively inexpensive to produce.

At the same time in the origins of Gin, English soldiers, who were fighting on the continent, were introduced to what they termed “Dutch Courage”. They returned to England with a preference for this new drink, and the population at large soon grew fond of this palatable yet inexpensive spirit, so much so that it eventually became identified as the national drink of England, It was the English, of course, that shortened the name to “Gin”.

Gin was also quite popular with the English foreign service in the “colonies”. It mixed naturally with quinine (tonic water) which was used as a profilacsis to nulify the effects of Malaria. Even today it’s easy to conjure up an image of the British Colonial officers sitting on a wide veranda sipping a Gin and Tonic while surveying his vast dominion.

Today people all over the world enjoy Gin. English Gin is the most famous and has been made for hundreds of years in London and Plymouth.

This is a Tom Collins
The Tom Collins is a type of Collins cocktail made from gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. First memorialized in writing in 1876 by “the father of American mixology” Jerry Thomas, this “Gin and Sparkling Lemonade” drink typically is served in a Collins glass over ice. But you can have tonic, lemon or soda water as well.

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