It is believed that this juniper-led variation was born out of necessity.
Vodka, originating from Russia, was scarcely found behind bars in the United States until the 1940s. The Prohibition of the 1920s combined with the poor US-Russian relations of the time meant that bartenders stateside had to make do with what they could get.
Strong trade links with the UK meant the country was awash with London Dry Gin. Bartenders in New York’s newly legal bars began to use Gin as a substitute for Vodka, giving birth to the Red Snapper."