We couldn't help but celebrate yet another highly regarded holiday. This time, we're bringing you some unimaGINably interesting facts about gin, as well as some tasty oriGINal cocktails!   It's actually flavored vodka. Making gin is like flavoring vodka, except that botanicals are always natural.   Gin can be used for medicinal purposes. The Royal Navy mixed gin with lime cordial to stop scurvy, and angostura settled the stomach at sea. Tonic water with quinine was anti-malarial, giving them a great excuse to drink more gin and tonics.   Gin was big during the US Prohibition. When the sale of alcohol was banned, gin soared in popularity due to its transparent color and the lack of alcohol breath after drinking it.   The Philippines drinks the most gin. The global sale of the spirit is nearly 60 million cases, and almost half of this is consumed in the Philippines.   Holland made gin first. The English are known for their gin, but Dutch soldiers drank Jenever, Holland's version of gin. The English borrowed the idea. It would take another 150 years before they would have their own version.   Facts available via Food Republic and TheStar.com.  

Berry Gin and Tonic

  2oz Gin 4oz Tonic Water 1oz Grenadine Strawberry for garnish Serve over ice.

Summer Beer

  Half a bottle of Gin 2 Cans of concentrated lemondate 6 Cans of your favorite light beer Mix with ice in a pitcher. Serves five people.


  2oz Gin 3oz Simple Syrup Juice of a fresh lime Top with a splash of Champagne Serve in a Champagne flute to reach full Gintastic potential.