Holland did it first!
Gin is very much so the national spirit of England but did you know that the liquor originated in Holland. The English discovered genever when fighting the Dutch War of Independence in the 17th century and brought the spirit back with them. London gin we know today is 150 years old! Gin & Tonics originated in India!
Brits began to move to India during the 19th century after the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857 and this is when Gin & Tonics became very popular. Gin was added to the tonic water to soothe the bitterness. The Gimlet was born to stop scurvy
With disease being more common when sailing the seas, The Royal Navy mixed gin with lime juice to prevent scurvy, the lack of vitamin C. This drink eventually became the Gimlet. You can make your own
Making your own gin is as simple as taking vodka and infusing it with juniper berries and other spices and botanicals. So, there is no reason you can't make your own at home!