It's a favorite of mine and I never knew the history behind it. Well, beyond the bathtub gin that my great grandmother professed to making. Never was sure about that but she weaved wonderful stories. The book shares the history of Gin, tracing it back to it's roots and talks about Gin and the fun we had with it here in America. GG (my great grandmom) worked at a secret bar in Harrisburg PA. I don't know if it was an official "speak easy" like you see in the movies, but I know GG was not shy (even in her elderly years she was on husband five when she passed) so I could see her doing this. As I was reading, it also gave me reason for something simple like a gin and tonic.