bathtub gin


: a homemade spirit concocted from raw alcohol, water, essences, and essential oils

Examples of bathtub gin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As alcohol bans lingered, poorer quality substitutes increasingly overwhelmed the black market: bathtub gin, pure grain alcohol and other rotguts. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 23 July 2023 The home-brewing methods, which have earned some Delta-8 a reputation as the bathtub gin of the cannabis world, can introduce toxins such as lead, according to Guido Verbeck, a professor at the University of North Texas who co-authored a study on methods of creating Delta-8., 4 June 2021 Its adaptability was a boon: Even the coarsest bathtub gin could be made palatable with the addition of vermouth and olive brine (a dirty martini), a pickled onion (Gibson), lemon (twist), lime cordial (gimlet) or extra vermouth (wet). Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2020 Bundles questions the veracity of one prevalent anecdote that alleges her great-grandmother saddled white party guests with chitterlings and bathtub gin while her Black guests enjoyed champagne and caviar. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appétit, 14 Oct. 2021 After Prohibition ended, people didn’t continue to buy bathtub gin when legal and safer alcohol was available. Jonathan Turley, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2022 But states also didn’t massively increase the price of newly legal alcohol to make bathtub gin more attractive. Jonathan Turley, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2022 Grosz, Dix, Duchamp, Prohibition, bathtub gin, Gatsby, the League of Nations, the Red Scare. Jeff MacGregor, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bathtub gin was in 1923

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“Bathtub gin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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