Origin OF THE RECIPE
After many Allied offensives culminating in the Normandy landings on the June 6, 1944, World War II finally came to an end in Europe on May 8, 1945 following the German surrender.
Six years of war, left France, and indeed all of Europe, weakened by the conflict.
The U.S. Army, who fought alongside France and its allies, remained after the war ended to provide security and aid in the reconstruction of the damaged countries.
DIPLÔME AND THE US
Through a deal struck between Washington and Paris, 62,000 American soldiers and 1,250 civilians were stationed on a base in France, from which they traveled about the rest of the country.
In 1945, the U.S. army stationed in Europe contracted with local distilleries in France, Italy and Great Britain to provide gin to its GIs. A distillery in Dijon won the exclusive contract in France to supply the gin to the U.S. Army. Since at the time glass bottles were not available, the gin was delivered to the army in 20 liter jerry cans.
DIPLÔME IN HISTORY
De Gaulle and Diplôme
In 1966, the French President, General Charles de Gaulle, announced the withdrawal of NATO's integrated military command, including the U.S. Army.
So, the American were asked to leave France
The distillery, their contract with the Americans completed, stopped producing the gin, but they kept the original recipe safely in their archive.
They continued to distill other spirits, such as crème de cassis.
Gin with 1945 Recipe
In the early 2010's, Edouard Betegnie learned of this historic gin. He led an extensive search to find the distillery that had supplied the U.S. Army and met the owners of the famous recipe. He received a strong enthusiasm from the distiller, and got the rights to produce the same “juice” with the same recipe, tools and methods as in 1945.
The original gin produced for the U.S. GIs“Diplôme” was born, the name symbolizing power, a guarantee of authenticity and the savoir-faire of French distilling methods.