Not by the hair of my ‘ginny gin gin!’
The smell of gin makes me crazy! I love it as I smell the strong juniper smell but hate it for its effects on my brain! (Bad college experience). But alas, Gin’s history is really rooted in medicine. Its original use combined the benefits of alcohol and the juniper berries. We just added the tonic in the 20th century.
The word is from Latin, juniperus, which became ‘jenever’ in Dutch (they’re credited with its invention) and ‘genièvre’ (jen ehv re) in French. And as with many food words, the French word won out!!. In English we loped off the end and retained the ‘jen’ or Gin.
A fairly recent addition to the Gin Family, Hendrick’s, made in Scotland since 1999, adds Bulgarian rose and cucumber essence to round out it flavor.