The Philosophy of Gin

The Philosophy of Gin

The Philosophy of Gin

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An exploration of the history and lasting influence of gin

Few, if any, alcoholic drinks have the dramatic and multi-faceted history of gin. In this fascinating new installment of the British Library's pocket philosophies, gin is explored through its origins in Holland, where it was popularized by William of Orange; its roots in medicine; its capacity to provide an albeit destructive escapism during the Gin Craze; its influence on language—responsible for the coining of "dutch courage;" and its current status as a popular social beverage and a pastime for those keen to experiment with flavoring their own gins. The Philosophy of Gin covers the historic transformation of the beverage, ideal flavor pairings for the gin connoisseur, and how a spirit once given a wide berth by the middle and upper classes now attracts such a large proportion of the public to choose gin as their tipple of choice.

Jane Peyton is an award-winning writer and alcoholic drinks expert, as well as Britain's First Accredited Pommelier (Cider Sommelier) and Principal of the School of Booze. She is the author of Beer O'Clock.

112 PAGES, 5.25 X 8


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