Gin was thought to have been first developed in Holland around 1650. Its creation is credited to physician Franciscus Sylvius. The drink was considered medication and sold in chemist shops. It was created by distilling grain with the juniper berry and soon became popular with British soldiers. In fact, the British government allowed unlicensed production of gin in the country while imposing heavy [skipwords]taxes[/skipwords] on imported spirits. Today, gin is an important component of many popular drinks such as a Gimlet, Gin and Tonic, Tom Collins and more.