7 reasons to say cheers to gin
It’s World Gin Day on Saturday 13 June, so we’ve come up with 7 great reasons to join in the celebrations and raise a glass with a refreshing G&T
1. There are more classic cocktails made with gin than any other spirit – try a Classic Martini, Tom Collins, White Lady, Singapore Sling or Candis editor’s favourite cucumber juice, sparkling elderflower and Bombay Sapphire.
2. Did you know, gin didn’t originate in the UK – it was first mentioned in 1269 in a Dutch publication as a juniper-based health-related tonic. During the 30 Years War in the 17th century Dutch soldiers used to drink a spirit called Jenever before going into battle – and so the phrase Dutch courage was born!
3. Not all London gin is made in London – there are no geographical limitations to where gin is produced, but there are exceptions. Plymouth gin has only been made in Plymouth since 1793.
4. The Royal Navy mixed gin with lime cordial to stop scurvy and during the days of the British Empire tonic was added for its quinine, which had antimalarial properties for those enjoying a tipple on the terrace. So gin is also good for you.
5. Gin is distilled botanicals such as juniper, citrus peel, almond or lemon peel with neutral grain alcohol. Unlike vodka the botanicals are always natural and with so many different flavours available there is a gin to suit every palate. If you prefer something a bit more floral and light opt for Hendrick’s; if fresh citrus, fennel and liquorice is more your thing then seek out Adnams First Rate and for those looking for something completely different it’s worth seeking out Bombay Sapphire East with notes of lemongrass and Vietnamese black pepper.
6. Gin earned its reputation as ‘Mother’s ruin’ from slum-ridden, overcrowded Georgian London when London’s poor kept themselves entertained in one of the 7,000-dram shops dotted around the capital. In 1730 it’s estimated that the average Londoner downed 14 gallons of gin a year and inspired the famous Hogarth etching Gin Lane.
Fancy trying something different than your usual gin and slimline? Give these three fabulous recipes a go…
Mix 50ml gin, 100ml cranberry juice, 50ml ginger ale, 1sprig of mint. Serve in a tall glass over ice.
Mix 50ml Gordon’s Crisp Cucumber Gin, 50ml apple juice, 20ml lime juice, 20ml sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of cucumber and mint leaf.
Mix 25ml Gordon’s Sloe Gin, 25ml Southern Comfort, 25ml Amaretto Liqueur, 25ml orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Serve over ice in a short glass and garnish with a slice of orange.