Okay, so I’ve never been a huge fan of gin, which was invented in Holland in the mid-17th century by a physician-chemist as a cure for kidney ailments. Maybe that’s why I think gin tastes like crap: it’s medicine! Like vodka, gin is made from pure grain alcohol. Gin was the spirit of choice in 1689, after England’s new (Dutch) King William III imposed heavy tariffs on French wine and brandy. And British colonials in South Asia mixed gin with quinine water to ward off malaria. Again with the medicinal appeal! But you get the picture: gin is just as noble a drink as, say… Vic’s cough syrup.