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Historical Item

Name: Bathtub Gin

Category: Alcoholic Beverage

Size/weight: varies depending on container and quantity

Rarity: common

Value: the cheapest alcohol, 25 cents for a mixed drink (a shot), or $2 a bottle

Uses: get real drunk

Description (ca. 1921):

Bathtub gin was made from grain alcohol, or from re-distilled industrial alcohol. If done improperly, not all the poisons are taken out. The flavor was so atrocious that people added in flavorings like juniper berries or other fruits. This was allowed to sit in a metal or ceramic tub (or container) for hours to days. Although it is cheap, it can be dangerous if it was made by the wrong people. Glycerin (1), kerosene, mercury, disinfectants, and carbolic acid have been found in some bathtub gin (2). The taste was so bad that bartenders had to invent new cocktails to cover up the taste even further (1).

Some Drinks:

Bees Knees (gin, honey, lemon juice)

Bennett Cocktail (gin, lime juice, bitters)

Gin Fizz (gin, lemon juice, sugar, seltzer water)

The Southside (lemon juice, sugar syrup, mint leaves, gin, seltzer water)

(2)

Sources:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-bathtub-gin.htm (Source 1)
http://blogs.plos.org/speakeasyscience/2010/12/31/at-the-prohibition-bar/ (source 2)