The botanical-forward booze once known for its medicinal benefits
has been the fastest growing spirit for at-home consumption since
the beginning of the pandemic
For centuries, gin has captured the imagination and soothed the spirit. But it got its start as a medicine used to treat or even prevent illness.
Medieval healers in Holland and Belgium called gin by another name—jenever—and employed it in their attempts to remedy everything from coughs and colds to strains and ruptures.
By the early 1700s, the libation had become widely available in Europe and was used to combat ailments that...