It’s for medicinal purposes, Sweetie.

A Girl after my own heart!

Meg Sorick, Author

Week 24 in The Year of Drinking Adventurously! It’s gin!

Oh, joy of joys, we’re back to a booze I adore – gin.  With hazy origins in the Middle Ages, gin evolved from the Dutch beverage, genever, whose name is derived from the Dutch word for juniper, gin’s primary component.

Co-opted by the English, gin’s original uses were medicinal, with the juniper berries being combined with other botanicals so that the flavor of the juniper could be either prominent or subtle depending on the mixture. During British Colonialism, the good old Gin and Tonic was responsible for saving countless lives, thanks to the “tonic” component.  Quinine, an effective antimalarial agent, could be added to water to create tonic and mixed with gin to improve the flavor. Among other things…


As with many alcohols we’ve considered so far, there are rules governing the production and labeling of gin. There is basic gin

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One thought on “It’s for medicinal purposes, Sweetie.

  1. Thanks for the reblog, Donna! Every Tuesday is Toast Tuesday on my blog and on LulaHarp. And thanks for the follow! I had a quick perusal of your blog and I look forward to reading more!


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