Skateboards, tattoos, the purest and most ethically sourced coffee and food, woodcutter shirts, pink hair, and an overpriced ‘citrus for gin’ offering from Pick n Pay – these are just a few things one would expect in the quiver of any self-respecting hipster.
Luckily, today’s availability of high-quality gin means the latter will not result in any Hipster’s Ruin – like it did in the 1600s, when gin was (and still is) known as ‘Mother’s Ruin’.
Mother’s Ruin, you asked?
That’s right, it’s time for a little alcohol slang lesson.
This story starts with Prince William, with GinKin to take it from here:
In the late 1600s, Dutch Prince William of Orange took the British throne. In order to reduce the amount of French brandy being imported into the country (Orange had a large feud with France during his reign), our new King created legislation that allowed anyone to distil and sell gin in their homes. This lead to thousands of gin distilleries popping up all over England between the years of 1695-1735.
That might sound pretty ideal, and South Africans know all about the gin revolution currently sweeping the country, but there were some dire consequences to these distilleries:
I’m sure, by now, the term ‘Mother’s Ruin’ is making sense, but a picture is worth a thousand words, and ‘Gin Lane’ is quite something.
Printed by William Hogarth, the brilliant and brutal satirical artist of the times, it shows a drunken woman with ulcerated legs, taking snuff as her baby falls into the gin-vault below:
You know you’re serious when you have something called a gin-vault.
Eventually, the British government was forced into action, a new ‘Gin Act’ was passed, and gin was never again quite so much of a scourge.
A far cry from today, where high-quality, reassuringly expensive gin like Cape Town Gin is available everywhere.
Infused with organic, handpicked rooibos to extract the essence of this remarkable plant, indigenous to the Cederberg region of the Western Cape, it goes down a treat.
Rumour has it that it’s so tasty, the housewives of Constantia are drinking it over lunch, in place of their usual Chardonnay.
Don’t worry, I’m sure the nannies are looking after the kids.
[imagesource: Google Maps] The controversial Grocer’s Licence that is being awarded t...
Is Binance coin a true contender to overall market dominance? Binance coin is not only a u...
[imagesource: Facebook / Latest Sightings] That wildebeest has one crocodile gripping i...
[imagesource: 24sata] On September 12, people fishing on the northern Adriatic island o...
[imagesource: Ahvenas / Atlas Obscura] Stop that, it's silly! A famous line from Mon...