Gin is having a bit of a thing at the moment isn’t it? Not quite on the scale of the Gin Craze in centuries past, but a definite revival in favour as a drink of choice. It has been known by some really outlandish names over the years too…’knock me down’ for one! But also a whole long list of others, including Mother’s ruin, Dutch courage, and Cuckold’s comfort. And the history behind some of them is just brilliant.
It’s not ‘Mother’s ruin’ in this house, but I do occasionally like a gin and tonic myself, so when I saw a book about the history of gin I was intrigued.
I saw something earlier called Teaser Tuesday at ADailyRhythm.com which I think is a lovely way to share from your current read and inspire others to take a look. Just share two lines from any page, and add the title and author’s name. So here’s mine:
‘Unlike beer and ale, which provided potable nourishment and energy for work, this new English gin offered no bodily benefits, unless one counted the blissful oblivion of intoxication. It was enough to make any self-respecting aristocrat quake as the existing social order unravelled before his eyes.’
Gin: A Global History (Edible), Lesley Jacobs Solmonson.