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Hollands is a now little-encountered term for a variety of gin originally made in the Netherlands. It is of a slightly higher strength than British and American gin, and also has a more pronounced flavour, so it tends to be drunk neat rather than serving as the basis for cocktails and mixed drinks. It is often sold in stoneware bottles. The word came into use in English during the great age of gin-drinking, the eighteenth century, but has now, along with its synonym geneva, largely died out; when people want to refer to the drink, they these days usually call it simply ‘Dutch gin’.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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