Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blue ribbon n.

[SE blue ribbon, a blue ribbon worn as a badge of honour; thus referring to the quality of the best gin]


[UK]Lex. Balatronicum n.p.: Blue ribbin. Gin. The cull lushes the blue ribbin; the silly fellow drinks common gin.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]‘The Knight of the New Iron Goose’ in Rummy Cove’s Delight in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 99: The ribbon blue her drunk Knight flash’d .