Bathtub Gin – The History and How To Make Your Own

Bathtub Gin
Bathtub Gin wasn’t actually made in a bath.

Everything you thought you need to know about Bathtub Gin. It was popular in the 1920’s during Prohibition. If you want to make some yourself today then it is pretty easy. And why was it called Bathtub Gin?

Wikipedia says: Bathtub gin refers to any style of homemade spirit made in amateur conditions. The term first appeared in 1920, in the prohibition-era United States, in reference to the poor-quality alcohol that was being made. Read More…

History of Bathtub Gin
“The term came about because a bathtub tap was used as the water source. Homemade gin requires combining grain alcohol, water, juniper berries (and other ingredients) in a large jug and allowing the mixture to steep for a short period of time. Since the jug was often too large to fit under a sink tap, a bathtub tap was used. Other than the tap, the gin didn’t come in contact with a tub.” Read more…

10 Things You Should Know About Prohibition
“Enterprising bootleggers produced millions of gallons of “bathtub gin” and rotgut moonshine during Prohibition. This illicit hooch had a famously foul taste, and those desperate enough to drink it also ran the risk of being struck blind or even poisoned.” Read more…

How to make Bathtub Gin at home
“…you could use good vodka…Add to this about 10 grams of dried juniper berries and two grams of orange or lemon peel per 750 mL of liquid. Cover the

jar and store in a cool, dark place for two days to one week depending on how much flavor you want to infuse. Shake thoroughly once each day. When the mixture is uncovered, pass through a strainer for a sample of the iconic drink of the roaring twenties.”  Read more…     

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