In 1690, English soldiers returning from the wars against the Dutch in the Mediterranean, brought back a drink that become so popular, that within sixty years it was being blamed for the rapid degradation of society. This period is being remembered as the Gin Craze, and Gin is today referred to as Mothers Ruin. By 1751 the British government decided to act, regulating uncontrolled production, by imposing a law forcing distillers to become licensed. The production of Gin became organized, and branding and making better products was now more important.
When buying Gin in the 1700's and 1800's you'd be offered a simple choice, Holland's Gin or English Gin, and English Gin was often given names as Old Tom and Young Tom, or named after the distiller or the location as Booth's Gin and Warrington Gin. This Old English Gin is made from a 1783 recipe, distilling eleven botanicals in Angela, the oldest pot still being used in England today. And by using recycled bottles, organic sealing and silk printed labels, all as they did back in 1783, we are reinvigorating the way English Gin was made and distributed back then.
So to taste a cocktail as it was intended, you need a Gin that hasn't changed. Old English Gin is how it was: Truly original!
The first recorded use of the word cocktail is found in The Morning Post and Gazetteer in London, England on March 20, 1798. But obviously people had been drinking spirits in many constellations a long time before then.In the 17th century, the most common way of drinking alcohol was straight up or from bowls mixed with sugar, water, fruit, spices, wine and spirits - the so called punches that were adopted in from India by the Englishmen in the early 1600's.
In 1731 James Ashley, the first English celebrity bartender, opens the Sign of the Two Punch Bowls in London where he was serving various punches. He would use the fruits of the
season and whatever spices that were available, and he would definitely use gin as the base spirit, since it was in the middle of the Gin Craze and everybody wanted gin.
We have gathered a selection of original recipes with gin from the beginning of the 1700's and up to 1935 where the London Dry Gin styles took over, and the use of the original Old English Gin seemed to be lost in confusion.
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