The term “Dutch Courage” was coined by English soldiers fighting Dutch counterparts. The English believed that the Dutch drank gin to fortify themselves before battle.
Gin is distilled from grain and primarily flavoured with juniper berries. The name gin comes from the French “geni?vre” or the Dutch “jenever”, both of which mean juniper. Juniper is one of the key botanicals used to make gin.
The “cocktail hour” may have come from the British fondness for cooling off after a hot day in the tropics by drinking a gin and tonic.