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Today is the day of the annual Gin & Tonic day

the Gin & Tonic has also now had its day - namely, d. 9 april in the whole world. The event is celebrated in several bars around the country today.

Gin rumble off and are now the spirits, which is growing the most at home. There is no doubt that Gin and Tonic has been folkeeje and drive the category forward in recent years, but also a variety of gin is made for enjoying alone have seen the light, and several distilleries are on the way with its own exclusive ginmærker.

Gin, which is a contraction of the French word for juniper, genièvre, originally comes from the Netherlands. The invention is attributed to a professor of medicine, Fransiscus Sylvius in Leiden, who in the 1600s used the alcohol mixed with juniper berries as a good and cheap remedy for kidney pain. It spread to England after the Dutch William of Orange came the british throne in 1689. Gin was another fruit sold at the pharmacy and used against various plagues. Thousands of gin-shops sprang up throughout England, and there was a market for poor-quality grain that was unfit for brewing beer. In 1740, were produced six times more gin than beer, and out of 15,000 beverage venues in London was over half the gin-shops. In 1743, drank the meltdown in the cut of one liter of gin every week, and in 1751 died nine thousand children in the city of alcohol poisoning. "Full for a penny, dead drunk for two pence, and the hay is free of charge," it said on a sign in a pub in the impoverished district of St Giles. The hay was to fall in, and had a whole penny to be full of, be able to buy a ginvædet las to suck on.

the Gin Act, which was introduced in 1736, laid high taxes on the trade in order to reduce the consumption and led to street riots. The charges were gradually reduced and abolished in 1742. A new act of 1751 was more successful: It instructed the distilleries only sell to dealers with a license, and brought gin-dealers under public control.

Gin is used in today's most in aperitif drinks, such as gin and tonic, dry Martini and Tom Collins – but also in cocktails like Long Island Iced Tea.

Gin can be produced as a by-product in the distillation of whisky. The last part of the distillate in connection with the manufacture of whisky has too low alcohol content to be used for whisky. Instead, used it to gin, which, for example, was used by the scots, who used the extra earnings on gin to pay the high taxes, which the English had laid on the distillation of whiskey. All types of gin added to the juniper berries, but some producers add also f.ex. coriander seeds, liquorice and cardamom.

the Gin & Tonic is a classic drink that came into the world by accident. It happened in India back in the 1800s. Here drank soldiers in the british east india company daily kininbaseret tonic to prevent malaria. They did so, the drink a little more delicious by pouring a touch of gin in. Thus was the Gin & Tonic has been created.

6 cl Hendrick's Gin 12 cl Fever Tree Tonic, Two slices of cucumber

Pour Hendrick's Gin into a highball glass with ice. Add tonic and stir a bit.

Garnish with cucumber slices.

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