World Gin Day: Celebrating the Spirit of Spirits with Parson Gin • June 8th

It's like our birthday, but better: World Gin Day!

Today is just the right excuse to indulge in a glass or two (or more) of our beloved Parson Gin.

Gin, with its rich history and diverse appeal, has always been more than just a drink. Unlike wine, it does not age in the bottle and has an indefinite shelf life if stored properly. But don’t be fooled; that doesn’t mean our gin will last very long. The better the taste, the shorter the life, right?

Here are some fascinating tidbits about gin that you might not know:

Medicinal Beginnings: The combination of gin and tonic was originally developed to make quinine, used for malaria prevention, more palatable. Gin was first used medicinally, believed to treat ailments like gout and dyspepsia. British sailors even received a daily ration of gin.

Churchill's Wisdom: Winston Churchill famously enjoyed a gin martini and remarked, "The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire."

Victorian Beliefs: In Victorian times, gin baths were believed to help with circulation and skin conditions.

The Gin Craze: During the early 18th century, London experienced the "Gin Craze," a period where gin consumption soared to problematic levels, causing widespread social and health issues, famously depicted in William Hogarth's "Gin Lane".

Global Thirst: The world consumes over 60 million 9-liter cases of gin annually, showcasing its global popularity.

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Cocktail Staple:
Gin is a key ingredient in over 150 classic cocktails. Many of these drinks were invented during the Prohibition era to mask the taste of poorly made gin.

Currency of Empire: In the early days of the British Empire, gin was sometimes used as currency.

Gin Marathons: There are even gin-themed marathons where participants enjoy gin at the finish line.

Record Breaker: The largest gin and tonic ever made was over 300 liters.

Healthy Twist: Juniper berries, a primary ingredient in gin, are rich in vitamin C.

So, here's to gin—our constant companion in celebration and solace. As we toast to World Gin Day with a glass of Parson Gin in hand, let's remember the spirit's storied past and vibrant present. Cheers to many more delightful sips and fascinating gin-filled moments!