We have features on just about every aspect of gin, from cocktails and recipes to interviews with key industry figures. We hope you enjoy browsing the archive.

The Iconic Martini Jul 2007

It’s a brave act to add a single word to all the many thousands that have been written about the Martini. Whole books have been written about it: cultural theories have been dedicated to it: people have come to blows … Continue reading

Dutch Courage – a short history of Dutch Jenever Jun 2007

Dutch Jenever is the first cousin of English gin. Both are┬ájuniper flavoured distillates of alcohol and they share a common ancestry and a common birthplace – the Low Countries – Holland and┬áBelgium on today’s maps but one country until the … Continue reading


Gin Palaces May 2007

In the 19th Century the consumption of beer was actively encouraged as a counterpart to the gin mania of the previous century. By 1836 there were 56,000 licensed beer shops in England and Wales. Many of these were ramshackle dives … Continue reading


London Dry? … Not Always Apr 2007

Almost every bottle of gin carries the description ‘London Dry’ and an astonishing fact in the history of the relationship between London and gin is that by 1790 London was producing 90% of English gin. A trade directory of 1794 … Continue reading

Gintime visits the Hendrick’s Gin Distillery Feb 2007

As all true gin lovers know, every brand of premium gin has its own complex and sophisticated range of aromas and tastes. Partly that is to do with the different botanicals used in the recipe. Juniper is always present (the … Continue reading

Plymouth Gin – The Adventurer Jan 2007

Plymouth Gin is one of the oldest and most revered gin brands in the world. Indeed it is the only one still made at its original distillery at Black Friars in the medieval heart of Plymouth. By law, Plymouth Gin … Continue reading

Gin Madness – We’ve Been Here Before Jan 2007

By the beginning of the eighteenth century deregulation of the English distilling industry meant that vast quantities of cheap gin were readily available and, for the first time, the English became a nation where spirits were widely drunk. The urban … Continue reading