7 things you probably didn’t know about gin


  1. The country with the world’s highest per-capita gin consumption is the Philippines, with an estimated 25 million cases consumed annually.
  2. Nearly all juniper used in gin is picked wild.Almost none is cultivated
  3. Saying you don’t like gin is like saying you don’t like sauce…All gin uses juniper as its main ingredient. After that, however, there are very few limits to the hundreds of ingredients a distillery can use. No two gins are alike, making the spirit very diverse in flavor and exciting for the budding bartender
  4. During the 19th century, Brits began to move to India, the popularity of Gin & Tonics spiked. In efforts to avoid malaria, the demand for “Indian Tonic Water” grew. Gin was added to the tonic water to soothe the bitter taste
  5. Does the term “Navy strength” ring a bell? You may well have tried a Navy Strength variety of your favourite gin. Besides enjoying a good gimlet, the navy is said to have used gunpowder to ensure the gin they were receiving was high quality. The gin would be poured onto gunpowder, and the strength confirmed by seeing how well it lit. Now that’s some serious standards!
  6. Your waistline will thank you – Diet cocktail please. If you’re watching your waistline but don’t want to give up the cocktails, try a gin and tonic or soda. Amongst the lowest caloric cocktails, a gin and soda will cost you only around 100 calories, and the popular gin and tonics around 120. If you can alternate with water while you’re at the bar, a night out won’t ruin your diet at all.
  7. Gin was almost endangered-Juniper is also a fragile species.For a numberof years, up until quite recently, gin lovers across the UK were given a fright. It was reported that a widespread fungus was attacking juniper berries, and hikers and foragers were asked to report sightings of the trees to assess the damage. However, as of early 2017, experts report that millions of seeds have been “banked” and that the future of gin is secure.