Originally, of course, gin was more of a medicament than a pleasant intoxicant; the earliest references to 'jenever
' appearing in the 13th century.
Even the name Gin itself is derived from either the French genievre or the Dutch jenever
, which both mean juniper.
I'd give Batman a Kopstootje - a traditional Dutch drink that involves a small glass of Pilsner and Old Jenever
- so he can forget about crime for a second.
Historically, Scotland had strong connections with what is now the Netherlands, the home of jenever
, the forerunner of gin.
Our love of gin began when soldiers fighting in 16th century Netherlands drank juniper-flavoured spirit jenever
, giving rise to the term Dutch courage.
Every gin, jenever
(Dutch gin) and gin liqueur that can be tried on the bars are sold at the on-site off-licence and online at www.ginfestival.com/shop Gin Festival Liverpool runs for the following sessions, for PS7.50 (+ booking fee) per ticket: Friday, December 16 - evening session - 6.30pm - 11pm; Saturday, December 17 - afternoon session - 12.30pm - 5pm; Saturday, December 17 -evening session - 6.30pm - 11pm; Sunday, December 18 - afternoon session - 2.00pm - 6.30pm.
The story began in the 16th century when British soldiers fighting in the Netherlands drank the juniper-flavoured spirit jenever
. Taken before a fight, it gave rise to the phrase Dutch courage.Gin came here from across the North Sea but everything changed in the 18th century - with the gin craze.
stillery Director mes Grey said: 's a completely ew style of gin, it's ot a London Dry, a western, or old Tom r Jenever
Look out for: The tea cup chairs; a drink called Amsterdammertje - made of bols jonge jenever
, bols peach, cranberry juice and lemon juice.
Dan Ceballos wrote that juniper in Dutch is not genver but "jenever
" (j pronounce as "y").
Sip a glass of jenever
(juniperflavoured Dutch gin), listen to the mellow whir of passing bicycles and let time stand still.
Ketel 1 still produces a Jenever
, but at an alcohol level of 37.5%, it is not permitted in the U.S.