The Invented History of Navy Strength Gin

The Invented History of Navy Strength Gin

For years, a number of British and American gin brands have touted so-called navy strength gin, which is a robust 57 percent alcohol by volume. As legend has it, the Royal Navy demanded that the gin be bottled at a very high proof so if it ever spilled on the ship’s supply of black powder, the powder would still light.

There’s just one major problem: There is no record of the Royal Navy ever officially giving gin to its sailors.

On this episode of Fix Me a Drink, hosts David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum try to get to the bottom of this myth and discuss what types of liquor the Royal Navy actually did purchase for its sailors. They also talk about why you might still want to drink navy strength despite its invented past.

So mix yourself a gin cocktail and listen to this new episode of Fix Me a Drink. Cheers!

Fix Me a Drink with Noah Rothbaum & David Wondrich · The Invented History of Navy Strength Gin - Fix Me a Drink

Fix Me a Drink is hosted by Flaviar’s resident liquor experts Noah Rothbaum and David Wondrich. On each episode, the award-winning duo enjoys a delicious drink while uncovering lost liquor history, exploring modern cocktail culture and interviewing an incredible array of spirited guests.

Please drink responsibly.

Podcast Editor Alex Skjong.

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