Derived from the aromatic juniper berry, which has been a curative for many ills dating back to the ancient Egyptians, gin (or its more potent ancestor, genever) was being prescribed as a preventative for scurvy, headaches and other disorders more than 400 years ago.
In the 17th century, a Dutch physician named Franciscus Sylvius created ‘genever’ as a cure for kidney ailments. "Where modern gin is essentially flavoured vodka, genever is headier stuff, having more in common with fine whisky than the clear-coloured aromatics of English gin," food writer Lesley Jacobs Solmonson explains in Gin: A Global History.
Most gins are neutral spirits infused with juniper berries and other flavorings, or botanicals, such as coriander, liquorice and citrus. What differentiates one gin from another are the botanicals used in the gin, beside the juniper berries.
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