The popularity of Gin has grown tenfold in the past few years, with Scotland being home to over 180 different gins and an estimated 70 - 80% of UK produced gin comes from Scotland.
With so much fantastic product on our doorstep we thought its time to get more involved!
Maggie's has something exciting coming from the beginning of November, more info on this to come next week but first, 7 facts that you may not already know about this flavourful favourite.
- We all know Gin is made from Juniper berries, but did you know they aren't actually a berry but rather a seed?
- Scotland's affair with Gin started in the Docks of Leith, when fiery Dutch Jenever were traded into the Port of Leith
- Many of the Gin Distilleries name their Pot Stills. Edinburgh Gin are home to Flora and Caledonia and The Botanist looks after their Ugly Betty
- We are not the biggest consumers of gin! Phillippines take that prize with 43% of the global market being guzzled up there.
- Gin and tomato juice was all the rage as a hangover cure in New York during the 1920's, years before the vodka based Bloody Mary made its debut.
- Whilst British sailors received a daily run ration, the British naval officers got a daily ration of gin - very posh!
- The gin and tonic first gained popularity in the British colonies, as the quinine in the tonic water was found to be a potent deterrent to malaria-carrying mosquitoes. However, the bitterness of the quinine was unpalatable, so gin was added to make the drink taste better.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming news about Gin at Maggie's!
- Read Next
- 'Love Smoothies' at Maggie's Eat, Drink and Play at QMU Tipsy Hot Chocolate at Maggie's Maggie's Wins! Maggie's Opening Hours 5 things worth knowing about coffee! Study Break means COFFEE Great Summer Cook Off Your Maggie's Menu Your Maggie's Breakfast Menu Meet the Catering Team...Alan Scott, our new Sous Chef Robert's Blog: Student Friendly Food Places Work for us when you graduate!
- This weeks menu in 1875! Self-Service password reset available now Maggie's Daily Special Love Gin? Sports & Societies at QMU: what you need to know