Gin /ˈdʒɪn/ is a distilled alcoholic drink that derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries (Juniperus communis). Gin originated as a medicinal liquor made by monks and alchemists across Europe, particularly in southern France, Flanders and the Netherlands, to provide aqua vita from distillates of grapes and grains. It then became an object of commerce in the spirits industry. Gin emerged in England after the introduction of the jenever, a Dutch and Belgian liquor that was originally a medicine. Although this development had been taking place since the early 17th century, gin became widespread after the William of Orange-led 1688 Glorious Revolution and subsequent import restrictions on French brandy.
Collins Dictionary Definition:
Gin is a strong colourless alcoholic drink made from grain and juniper berries.
A colorless alcoholic beverage made from distilled or redistilled neutral grain spirits flavored with juniper berries and aromatics (such as anise and caraway seeds).
Urban Dictionary Definition:
Gin is an unaged liquor made by distilling grains such as barley, corn or rye. Its bouquet comes from juniper berries, coriander, herbs and spices, usually added to the grain mash during distillation. The gin is stored in glass, earthenware or stainless steel containers, but does not mature in these. The storage time serves only to harmonize the product.
Someone once said that “A bar without gin is like an Italian kitchen without pasta”. No other liquor provides for the creation of so many classic cocktails. Gin is in fact a liquor that is harmonious with almost anything.