‘Madam Geneva’ - a new illustration based on my favourite spirit and some of my favourite gin botanicals!
The history of gin is so fascinating, since it has evolved from a herbal medicine to the quintessential cocktail spirit and popular tipple of choice. However there’s a big chunk of history in between, where gin gained a bad reputation during the Gin Craze of the 18th century, leading to some not so friendly nicknames such as ‘Mother’s Ruin’, and ‘Cuckold’s Comfort’ and some slightly more affectionate such as ‘Ladies’ Delight’ and ‘Madam Geneva’ (from ‘jenever’, the Dutch juniper spirit).
I decided to personify Madam Geneva as she has had a fairly bad rep for a while so I thought it was time to celebrate her in all her glory! ✨