Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Some have wondered if Gin got its name somehow from Geneva. In fact, the name of this alcoholic beverage is derived from the French word for juniper, the key ingredient - genévrier. The Dutch physician Franciscus Sylvius (1614-1672) is credited with the invention of Gin or Jenever. In 19th century Holland, it was referred to as "Holland Gin" or "Geneva Gin." Though it may have been appreciated in Swiss Geneva, its origin as a beverage is Dutch and its etymological origin is French.