The history of Menorcan gin dates back to the British occupation of Menorca in the 18th century. Sailors and soldiers stationed on the island frequented local taverns but were unable to find gin, the most popular drink of the day. Before long, a group of Mahon craftsmen found a solution to the problem. They imported juniper berries and distilled gin using wine alcohol from Mediterranean vineyards. The Menorcans enjoyed this new spirit and the gin turned into the national drink over the years.