London Gin has gained recognition as a special quality beverage by the European Union.

The revised EU spirit drink definitions, which became law recently, list the definition of London Distilled Gin for the first time in 300 years, according to the Gin and Vodka Association.

"Historically, London Gin producers have guarded their recipes, including the balance of each botanical, in an effort to maintain the high standards of production and protect the spirit from counterfeit products," the association said.

Edwin Atkinson, the director general of the association said: "We aim to spread the definition around the world so that London Gin is recognised for the very special, high quality spirit drink that it is."