101 Ways To Drink Gin

See Gin In A New Way Through Taste & Experience

Gin is not just a drink, it’s a culture. In an era where binge culture, and having everything now-now-now, negates from the notion of sitting back, in good company, in the perfect setting and enjoying a fine drink. Now we are not going on a hipster millennial rant before you decide to navigate away, don’t worry, we are not becoming that annoying “craft beer *wearing lumberjack shirt*) guy. No, we are simply tipping our hat to all your gin lovers out there, those who enjoy an elaborate gin concoction, all the way to the purists who accept nothing else but a simple pour over ice and maybe with tonic. This article is to celebrate you and the wonderful gin culture which brings people together, whatever the season, a reason to be happy, a reason to raise a glass and cheers to good health. From here in London all the way to our friends in Tokyo and beyond, every country has a signature pour and everyone who loves gin has an idea about how it should be served.

 

Are you a gin purist or a gin scientist?

So, that’s what we did, ask around, get the insider secrets from the “Gin-sperts” bloggers & influencers, Gin-erys in the UK and around the world, not to mention the cold hard facts as to why gin, is well- the best gosh darn thing since sliced bread. Although they would make for a truly terrible combination! You can grab your favourite gin serve and read the article from start to finish, or you can navigate to the section you are most interested in by clicking on the headings below. Happy reading.

Let’s Kick off with your favourite bloggers and influencers and find out what they had to say?

 

 

Gin & Tonic garnished with strawberries and Gordons Pink Gin.

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Sara of shisodelicious

Sara is a plant-based foodie, who mixes traditional and modern cooking. Head to her website. 

How do you like to drink your gin?

Poured over a few giant ice-cubes, a generous wedge of lime squeezed over and, possibly, a slice of hot green bird’s eye chilli, before topping it up with a not-too-sweet tonic.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

I find most cocktails too sugary so my favourite is making my own.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

At the end of a hot summer’s day, as the sun starts turning a glowy pink. Sitting with friends and my love, gazing out either over a hazy cityscape or our lush green garden. This is the moment to order a gin at the bar or to have remembered to have enough ice cubes for everyone in the freezer.

Barù of Barulino

Baru is a food and drinks purist. A true Italian that enjoys the finer things in life. Head to his Instagram.

How do you like to drink your gin?

I like it in cocktails, mostly dry gin not a huge botanical fan.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Martini. The key to a martini is that it has to be almost frozen, most are watered down and too warm, very few do it right.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Anytime, anywhere I prefer gin to any other alcohol. Where and when doesn’t really matter. The how is the important thing.&nbs

Clerkenwell Boy of ClErkenwellboyeci

Clerkenwell is a food, art and travel writer. He is also an activist. Head to his website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Served in a chilled crystal cut glass, with a lemon twist.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

I love a classic gin martini!

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?
It’s the perfect after work and pre-dinner drink!

Milly of millykr

Milly is a food & travel writer, she is also a photographer. Head to her website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

I like to drink my gin with fever tree tonic, a fresh slice of lemon and lime and a few drops of Angostura bitters.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

A Gin & Tonic.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

In the British summertime, early evening to whet my appetite for dinner.

Xander of the.xandwich

Xander is the sandwich master and a top London influencer, he also knows a thing or 2 about how he likes his Gin.

How do you like to drink your gin?

With citrus. Easy!

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

A classic Tom Collins.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Early evening, on a rooftop, as the sun sets, loads of canapés.

Scott of scottcaneat

Scott breathes food, drink, travel, London. He is a blogger & content creator. Check out his website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

As cold as possible…. I have a bottle of Hepple in the freezer right now. Simple pour is a martini or G&T.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

At Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea they do a version of a French 75 that screams summer.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

For me, Gin is best on a hot summers day sipping in the shade.

The.Food.Pundit

The expert in food and puns, plus ridiculously delicious images.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Nice and simple. The great thing about gin is it doesn’t require much to create a great cocktail.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Nothing beats a standard G&T. Just add some juniper berries and a ribbon of cucumber in a balloon glass. Gincredible!

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Anytime, anywhere. Honestly! I could be sat beachside in Sydney sipping from an ice-cold glass on Watson’s Bay or wrapped up in a British pub in the winter. To me, it’s always gin o’ clock!

Bryony of EATINLDN

Bryony is a food and drink lover and social media manager. Head to her website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Whilst gin cocktails are great, for me you just can’t beat a classic, simple g&t – ice cold, in a tall-stemmed glass goblet filled with ice, good quality tonic and fresh lemon/berries depending on the gin. Beautiful.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Fave gin cocktail – ooo tough choice between a French 75 and a Bramble.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

I don’t think it’s ever too early in the day for a gin, especially at the weekend. A summery al fresco setting is always nice! For example last Friday I found myself sipping on a gin cocktail (a Shrub A Glug-Glug to be precise – served in an actual glug-glug jug) in the Plymouth Gin garden pop-up at the Langham. Served alongside their XXL cheese toastie & bloody mary chips…I definitely think they’re on to something there with that combo!

Carl Thompson of hawkinsandshepherd

Carl is all about men’s fashion, lifestyle, grooming & travel. Head to his website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Copa glass, ice, tonic with the correct garnish.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

A simple G&T.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

The sun is setting on a warm evening, sitting with friends in an outdoor bar.

Katya of eastlondonmornings

Food, Art, Travel & Lifestyle is what Katya is about, she loves a good gin too. Head to her Instagram.

How do you like to drink your gin?

It’s always in a G&T or a gin-based cocktail.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

The best gin cocktail I’ve ever had was at Hackney Pearl (closed now) called ‘Gin Garden’ and had crushed mint, elderflower and one secret ingredient they wouldn’t tell me!

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

On a sunny warm late afternoon when you had a very productive morning and can swap an office to a beer garden at 3pm.

Nicola of eastldngirl_foodieblog

London Food Blogger: Listed in the Handbook’s top London food bloggers and featured in Time Out. Head to her website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Definitely in a nice BIG balloon glass with lots of ice.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Got to be a Clover Club!

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

5pm on a sunny London rooftop.

Fede of welcometomybar

Cocktail creator and fine drink enthusiast. Head to his website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

I drink a lot of g&ts and negronis.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Lately, I am in love with Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla and have it in g&ts with Mediterranean tonics (fever tree mostly) and or in Negronis. If I have to pick a cocktail beside G&T, definitely a Negroni.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

In terms of time and setting I’d say having a negroni pre-dinner with Tanqueray would be my fave choice.

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Bloody Mary’s made with Pickerings Gin

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London Cocktail Club Shoreditch

Just spitting distance from Box Park, this biker themed bar is a rebellious blend of British Americana. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Depends on my mood, but more often than not its a classic dry martini with a long zest of lemon.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Dry Martini. But a well balanced White Lady has a special place in my heart.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Anytime, can that be an answer? If not, then sat in my garden watching the sun go down with an ice cold gin and tonic.

East London Liquor Company

East London Liquor Company is a distillery producing and importing a range of quality spirits including gin, vodka, rum and whisky. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Classic; with tonic & a heap of ice.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Again, sticking with the classic, I love a gin & tonic; where possible a Schweppes tonic, a few juniper berries & a sprig of rosemary to finish. Just adds that little extra.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

I’m Australian, so one of my favourite past times is sipping a G&T on a hot sunny day, while sitting around the pool!

Atlas Bar

Atlas Bar has been a Manchester icon for two decades and has matured into an elegant, quality bar specialising in gins from around the world. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Atlas owner, Elaine, loves to drink a quality London Dry Gin and Premium Tonic, served in a stemmed glass, with ice and a vibrant garnish. One of her favourites is Colonsay Gin, served with Walter Gregor Tonic and a Mint and orange garnish.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

A traditional Dry Martini, and we love this with the Blackdown Dry Gin and Vermouth from Sussex or a Four Pillars Red Snapper.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

We love to explore the world of Gin during one of our Gin Supper Clubs, where we pair a bespoke three-course dinner, alongside some perfect, serve G&T’s and cocktails, whilst hearing all about the gins. Equally, on a sunny day, there’s nothing nicer, than exploring our gin bible, www.ginbible.co.uk, out on our terrace. Whilst sipping on your gin, you can explore our online menu of over 420 gins and we add a new one every week!

The Jekyll & Hyde Bar

Tired after work? Fancy some relaxation, head up to our famous Gin Parlour for wondrous libations! Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

All dependent on our mood at the time. There’s no right or wrong way to drink ours but a healthy glug in a Tom Collins is a sure fire way to drink gin well!

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

We’re partial to a Negroni here, failing that you can’t go wrong with a Clover Club or a Rickey for a refreshing way to drink your gin!

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

With so much time in the day there’s always time for gin, but with friends, in the right environment, with lots of ice, the right tonic or mixer and of course the right gin!

Heads and Tales Bar

We are a unique venue; a perfect mix of relaxed yet fun, cosy yet open, oh, did we mention the two Edinburgh Gin stills? Flora and Caledonia. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

I love having a gin and tonic that’s my perfect serve I love how you can have a gin and ginger ale now and also lemonade. I have three different favourites depending on if I want like a classic London dry or if I want a navy strength or if I want a new style of gin. There are way too many options on the market so it can be hard to make the decision and to also know what to pair each gin with if you are just starting out with drinking gin.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

My favourite gin cocktail is just a classic gin martini stirred. The reason for this is it showcases the gin in a gorgeous way, where it’s not a massive alcohol hit because of the diluting with the ice cubes. I must admit I do really enjoy my gin martini made with Edinburgh Gin Seaside the saltiness, savoury aspect of the gin is fantastic with a bit of grapefruit bitters, it just adds a little something to the cocktail.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Anytime is a good time for a gin and tonic in my opinion but i really enjoy my gin when the sun is shining outside and you fill your glass with ice so its nice and ice cold.

Potted Pig Bar

Located in a former bank vault beneath the city, The Potted Pig restaurant & gin lounge shares its passion for wonderful gins through ever-changing, seasonal menus! Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Depending on which gin from our generous selection we choose (we’re currently boasting over 30 varieties) the garnish and tonic water will vary. Lashings of ice and a splash of tonic. Fentiman’s botanical tonic water is my personal favourite as I particularly like floral gins.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Hands down a Negroni! However, our signature serve at The Potted Pig is a Pomegranate Gin Fizz – fresh pomegranate seeds, Tanqueray, topped up with prosecco.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Early evening, nestled on a chesterfield couch in our gin lounge, before heading to a table for dinner. Bowie faintly playing in the background, bustling restaurant beyond the lounge and the warm hue of candlelight. Gin goes wonderfully with pork as it cuts through the richness of the dish. I’d start with a floral gin, of course, and move onto one of our spicy or aromatic ones to pair with the meal.

Original Sin Bar

Original Sin bar is London’s best-kept secret, a hub for gin lovers. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Let’s face it, sometimes drinking gin neat isn’t that pleasant, but for me, a nice stiff martini is the best way to appreciate a gin with minimal intervention.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

The martini is THE classic gin cocktail for a reason. A careful balance of vermouth, garnish and dilution can really highlight individual botanicals and complement the overall flavour profile of your favourite gin, giving a cocktail that is far greater than the sum of its parts.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Gin is versatile enough that it can really be enjoyed at any time, you just have to pick the right gin for the occasion. A refreshing gin and tonic with a bright London Dry Gin is perfect for enjoying on a Summer’s day, later on, a punchy Corpse Reviver at your favourite bar with something a bit more citrusy and spicy, and maybe a more complex and savoury gin martini for a nightcap.

Lab 22, Cardiff

Constantly striving to push boundaries of mixology and set the standard for cocktails in Cardiff. Mixed drinks, but not like you’ve had them before. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

We tend to drink our gins in cocktails here at Lab 22.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Our favourites of which are Frozen Aviation (Chuck an aviation in a blender and thank me later), Corpse Reviver #2s or Negronis made by the litre (Always use a finger to stir).

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Best enjoyed at dusk over the dying embers of a BBQ, Otis Redding plays to the backdrop of a ‘serious’ argument to the best Ramos Gin Fizz recipe. And of course, always in good company.

Gallery 48, Dundee

Situated in the bustling Westport quarter of Dundee, surrounded by cocktails and culture. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Always in a cocktail!

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Our staff’s favourite is Larios Rose. Soft and fresh citrus notes with aromas of succulent strawberries complete with a lovely long finish. The pink colour makes it feel like a summer in a glass here in Gallery 48!

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Why, in Gallery 48 of course!

Ever wondered how Gin drinking differs around the world? Us too, so we asked around and got the inside scoop from the worlds best Gin-erys!

A pink gin & tonic made with Greenall’s Gin

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Ugo Bar Milano

Ugo Bar- Ugo is the home of Gin Milan. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

We love the simplicity. We want to feel all the taste and we think there is work and passion in this kind of product and so we drink our gin just with lime and tonic for a fresh G&T or a good Martini cocktail for savour all the botanicals.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Martini Cocktail or Gin Tonic for a dry cocktail or a good Gin Gimlet.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

It’ s always time for a good gin.

The Gin Joint Athens

Popular drinks, Classic cocktails and the fanciest G&Ts in Athens! Proud owners of one of the largest collections of gin in the galaxy! Head to their Facebook.

How do you like to drink your gin?

I like to drink my Gin in a Gin & Tonic most of the time.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

My favourite Gin cocktail is a Martini.3 sips crispy and fresh with a pink grapefruit zest.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

At a Mediterranean beach relaxing or sitting on a barstool, it doesn’t matter as long as you have a good Gin.
My quote nowadays is #stopfuckingwithgin, but I believe that you can’t use that in an article. (We did)
So maybe instead use “if it’s not Gin it ain’t a martini”.

Chair Bar Oslo

the go-to destination in Oslo for the perfect gin and tonic. Boasting over 130 different types of gin and 8 different tonics. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

There are def many ways to drink Gin. But my favourite is when it is combined with Tonic, so for me, nothing beats a good gin and tonic. My fav gin and tonic is Monkey 47 with grapefruit and saffron. or Tanq 10 with elderflower tonic and pomegranate. if I am in a business-mode and having drinks then I would like a more old-school gin tonic. like a portobello road gin with lemon peel.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

If I want to mix my gin in a cocktail. then I would say that negroni is my preferred cocktail. I also like a very very dirty martini.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

you can drink gin anytime actually. I don’t like to differ in time for gin drinking but I can differ in which mode I am in. if I am in a festive mode than I like to drink more gin category (like monkey 47 or Opihr, Hendricks) if I am in more serious mode than I would like a London dry!

if I were to set a scene! I would like to lay down on a beach in the Maldives look out to the sea where I am sipping on my gin and tonic in a Copa glass!

Whitechapel Bar San Francisco

Whitechapel brings the complete gin experience to San Francisco. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

We at Whitechapel like to enjoy our gin neat at first so we can assess all the subtle nuances going on in it such as botanical makeup, distillate flavour, and mouthfeel.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

With this understanding of the gin’s flavour and texture, we then like to play with it in cocktails that seem to be suited to highlight the particular qualities of each gin.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

And although any time of the day/week/year is perfect to enjoy gin and gin cocktails, we don’t drink while working or being responsible. Reward yourself after a good day of being productive with a special (or simple) gin cocktail! It will taste so much better that way.

The Gin Bar, Capetown

One of the country’s only true speak-easy bars, the Gin Bar offers elixirs, tinctures and potions to cure all manner of ills. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Here at The Gin Bar we like to drink our gin preferably in the company of new found friends!

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Our favourite gin cocktail is a classic breakfast “hair of the dog” cocktail, The Corpse Reviver #2.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Having just won the lotto you’ve bought a yacht docked in Cape Town on a hot summer Sunday afternoon, of course, it includes a bar that makes the best dry gin martini in the world and there is plenty to go around!

Gin Chilla Bar, Berlin

Gin Chilla specializes in gin. They carry 200 different Gin varieties and various Tonic’s. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

My current favourite gin is probably the MOR Pineapple from Ireland with Schwarzwald Sprudel Tonic Water and a twig of rosemary the perfect summer serve.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Nonetheless, the vast world of gin has so much to offer and I love discovering new flavours and interesting aromas.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

The best thing about Gin? It’s always gin o’clock somewhere.

The Bird Bar, Copenhagen

With an eagle eye for detail and the cleverness of an owl, The Birds Cph brings you a superior selection of GT’s and beer along with tasty gourmet toast. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Classic G & T

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

When I drink gin I like to keep it somewhat classic. That’s why I prefer a gin & tonic, but with a twist. The twist being creative and well-thought-out garnish. I really appreciate it when the garnish enhances certain tasting notes in the gin. It shows that whoever created the drink knew where they were going.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

I can drink gin & tonic all day every day, but the best I ever had was consumed in the sun surrounded by friends,” says Christian Tønnesen, co-owner of The Birds Cph.

Tweed Bar, Stockholm

Liquor library for the artisanal drinker with a capability of concoction mixing and Cuban smokestacks. Gin Enthusiasts. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

We at Tweed do serve some unique gin cocktails within our menu and it depends what character you want to have for your cocktails or maybe what era the original cocktail was made in, we try to replicate that specific style of cocktail for example maybe it was a sweeter cocktail we would go for a Old Tom gin but if it was a more sophisticated cocktail maybe we would go for a more classic style such as London Dry gin. We like to serve cocktails and since we have a wide range (about 80 different brands) we do serve a lot of Gin & Tonics.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

I think we probably have to choose a Ramos Gin Fizz but if we want to go for something stiffer it needs to be a well made Gibson or Dry Martini. Something long, refreshing and fizzy – Tom Collins is the choice.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

We would say that it depends but we think that it really suits a pre-night out before dinner. But it is also great at home on your own with a couple of friends at night at the dinner table or in front of the TV with a room temperature sweet Old Tom gin.

What did the experts & the ILoveGin.Com team have to say?

Liverpool Gin & Tonic Garnished With Watermelon

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Elephant Gin

Elephant Gin produces award-winning handcrafted premium gin products made with rare African botanicals. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Best time to drink Elephant Gin is for a Sundowner Drink.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Favourite cocktail is a Gimlet.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Best way to drink the G&T is with a fresh slice of Apple (our second biggest ingredient).

London Distillery

The London Distillery Company builds on the traditions of the great innovators of the Georgian era. In that spirit of innovation, we strive to create traditional offerings with a contemporary twist. Head to their website.

How do you like to drink your gin?

I like to drink Gin in a variety of ways, usually Dodds ice cold with a dash of bitters and a grapefruit twist.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Favourite Gin cocktail has to be The Last Word.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

An ideal time to drink Gin is the twilight hour, just before it gets dark.

Toby Vacher

Co- Founder of ILoveGin.com.

How do you like to drink your gin?

I’ve tried gin in almost every possible way, but usually, i’m sipping it neat and room temperature to taste it for our members’ boxes! Otherwise, I’ll usually take a herby gin and classic tonic with lots of ice.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Can’t go wrong with a classic martini or a Vesper, but I do love a bramble and an aviation as well.

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

On a sunny terrace overlooking the beach with sailing boats passing by!

Dia Campolmi

ILoveGin.com Social Media & Online Marketing.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Straight from the bottle on a good day. But generally in a large glass with lots of ice and some Luscombe tonic, the flavour will depend on the gin i’m drinking but I really like their cucumber tonic.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

so this one time I ran out of tonic to make G&Ts and my friend and I started experimenting with anything that I had in the house to pair with gin. Turns out that smashed peaches and gin over ice are a great combo!

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Imagine going for a hike on a mountain in autumn, when it’s cold but the sun it still warm. You get to the top and stop for a picnic, get the hip flask out and have some really nice sloe gin. Heaven!

Holly Harwood

Holly the Gin-tern, recipe genius and homemade Gin producer.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Lots of ice, a great tonic and usually a citrus garnish. I love anything with orange!

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

A bramble! I made this recently and it’s become my new favourite. You have to be careful though, as you forget you are drinking alcohol!

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Wow, difficult question because I think anytime is the ideal time to drink gin!

Meg Bowen

New to the ILoveGin.com Team but a lover of good quality gin and all-round customer service & social media whizz.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Neat with a bit of ice.

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Negroni- Easy peasy and delicious!

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Sitting on a rooftop bar – preferably looking over the Thames – early evening.

Angelica Sykes

Freelance content writer and gin enthusiast.

How do you like to drink your gin?

Every Sunday before dinner I would make a gin cocktail for my family whenever I was home, which admittedly isn’t often. I would pour Hendricks over ice, add just a dash of Chambord then top off with tonic and garnish with a couple of blackberries. Its fruity and floral and goes down a treat!

What’s your fave gin cocktail?

Its too hard to choose but I am always down for trying new mixes. Anything botanical inspired, show me some rose or lavender, that would be delicious!

Set the scene- what’s the ideal time and setting to drink gin?

Apres ski, about 4 pm, the sun is shining and you are sat in your ski ear with a cosy blanket with your friends, there has to be some cheesy Europop song playing in the background and you order a classic G&T with cucumber and some nibbles! Its the apres ski of heroes.

Now we couldn’t write an article about how to drink gin without including the facts & figures, could we?

A classic Gin & Tonic with Whitney Neill’s Gin
  • Juniper berries are the super berries.
  • More antioxidants equal fewer wrinkles.
  • It’s one of the low-calorie spirits.
  • Spain is the world’s biggest consumer of Gin
  • It could help fight kidney and liver disease.
  • It’s good for your bones.
  • It can help fight coughs.
  • Calm Your Joint Pains
  • Improve Your Digestion
  • Keeps Malaria at Bay
  • Cleanses Your System
  • Increases Your Herbal Intake
  • Keeps Your Skin Young
  • Extends Your Life Span
  • Best drink for weight management
  • Keeps you calm
  • It can help with hay fever
  • It’s low in calories
  • Expel the common cold
  • And relatively low in sugar
  • It eases bloating
  • It’s the ‘safest’ drink for diabetics
  • Its helps bring people together
  • Its good for the soul
  • Brits bought 47m bottles last year
Classic Gin & Tonic garnished with Juniper Berries?

Delicious and Innovative Gin Inspired Recipes

The team at ILoveGin.com and our customers alike love to come up with exciting and imaginative ways to use gin in cooking. Although, of course, Gin is best enjoyed simply, using garnishes that complement the basic notes, gin can also be used in cooking to flavour food with the fresh and bitter flavours that ignite a dish with flavour. We have some amazing recipes that we couldn’t go without mentioning in an article that is focused around how to drink gin, as, in this sense, drinking and eating are totally interchangeable right?

Gin & Tonic Float.

Remember sipping a Coke Float when you were a child? Well this is 100% better! Particularly with Malfy Con Arancia (Blood Orange) Gin. You need to try this recipe at your next Summer BBQ.

Vegan Gin Cake.

This cake was inspired by the ILoveGin founder, Toby! He is vegan and wanted a gin cake that he could finally eat in the office. This is a winner and the Malfy Gin Rosa makes it extra special!

No Churn’ GIN Berry Sorbet.

I don’t know about you but I have been trying to keep cool so far summer! I am a big fan of gin ice-creams (check out my last one here), so I thought I would also try a gin sorbet! This recipe is with blackberries, raspberries and Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin… it’s very refreshing!

GIN, Orange & Ginger Ice-Cream.

Also as Thomas Dakin was the ‘founding father of gin’, this ice-cream couldn’t be more perfect! Orange and ginger is beautiful with Thomas Dakin gin and with such an easy and quick recipe…this adults-only ice-cream is very special!

A Gin Cocktail for Coriander Fans.

If you love coriander and gin, this cocktail is right up your street! Tom’s Tipple is a creation by Thomas Dakin gin, and will refresh you after a long day!

Gin & Tonic Cake.

Yes you heard right, this is a gin lovers dream cake! It certainly packs a punch and is probably the best kind of drizzle cake ever.

Gin Cheesecake.

Gin and cheesecake are two of my favourite things! I wanted to create a cheesecake recipe with Pickering’s Gin, and white chocolate with lime seemed the best way to go!

St George’s Day Cocktail.

The Red Snapper is a gin lovers Bloody Mary! There are many tasty, red cocktails that are perfect to celebrate St George’s Day, but this one is created with brunch in mind. This will certainly kick start your week!

Blueberry Gin Sour.

It’s finally the weekend and there is no better way to start it than with a gin cocktail! I love a gin sour anyway, but with the addition of blueberries, you will feel like summer has already arrived.

Gin Lemon Curd for Hot Cross Buns.

Easter is around the corner and as well as creating a Gin Hunt, you need this recipe in your life! Masons Tea Gin in Lemon Curd is the best thing ever on Hot Cross Buns, trust me!

The Perfect Gin Cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day.

After checking out some St. Patrick’s Day drinks from Taste Cocktails, I felt inspired by this one! The Last Word is a Prohibition-era cocktail that is sweet and sharp at the same time. With a pale green hue, it’s perfect for Paddy’s weekend!

Apple, Ginger & Gin Cake

Apparently, ginger cake gets better the longer you leave it, unfortunately, in my house that’s about one day! After recently trying Elephant Gin, I knew I had to create a cake with apples and ginger to complement the botanicals of this amazing gin.

Gin Pancake Syrup.

I absolutely love pancakes and admittedly have them far too often! However, it is an absolute must to have as many as possible on Shrove Tuesday. After playing around with some recipe ideas, this is the perfect treat for gin lovers this Pancake Day!

The Clover Club Cocktail.

After asking many gin lovers what their favourite gin cocktail was, this one popped up a lot! The Clover Club cocktail has been around for a long time, even before prohibition. It is a pretty and classic cocktail with a beautifully rich, silky texture. Be warned, this is particularly moreish!

X-Gin Chocolate & Raspberry Tart.

With Valentines Day fast approaching, creating a delicious recipe with X-Gin (“a pure aphrodisiac”) was a no brainer! I absolutely love drinking X-Gin with cocoa nibs and raspberries, and I think this creation is the perfect combination. The raspberry gin coulis was very popular in my house, so I would recommend making double the amount!

Gordon’s Pink Pavlova.

I’ve literally fallen in love with Gordon’s Pink! Seriously surprised by its sweet berry notes and pink hue, I knew this gin would make a meringue masterpiece. Queue one pretty, pink pavlova! If you’re looking for a show-stopper recipe for over the festive season, this Gordon’s Pink Pavlova is it.

Malfy Gin Lemon Cake.

The first ever gin and tonic cake I baked was a lemon drizzle, so as well as paying tribute to Malfy Con Limone Gin, this cake has all kinds of nostalgia floating around the kitchen as I bake. You can’t beat an old classic, and the flavour combo in this bake is simply divine.

Gin and Tonic Espresso, Cardamom and Pistachio Cake.

Move over coffee and walnut cake, it’s all about the espresso and pistachio bake! This month’s Peter Spanton Cardamom Tonic really lends itself to this recipe; balancing beautifully with the flavours in this gin and tonic espresso, cardamom and pistachio cake. A trio of absolutely delightful flavours, and topped with a Slingsby Gin mascarpone too, it’s indulgent and moreish.

Beauty and the Beast: Gin Afternoon Tea.

Think Tiger Gin soaked sultanas and 6 O’clock Damson gin jam! “As soon I spotted the Damson Gin in this month’s box, I knew there would be a jam recipe. With the damson season ending, and access to a damson tree it was an obvious seasonal recipe!

Merchant’s Heart Fritto Misto & Dà Mhìle Gin Mayonnaise.

I was super excited to make fritto misto with a Dà Mhìle gin mayonnaise. I love it when a gin lends itself to a savoury recipe and there was no better way to pair a seaweed gin than with seafood.

Pickering’s Bake: GINger and Orange Cake.

Each month I will get creative with the contents of my ILoveGin members’ box, sharing recipes for you to try at home.

Gin & Tonic Ice Lollies.

On a warm summer day there is only one thing that is more refreshing than a gin and tonic… G&T ice lollies!

Gin & Juice Is The Best Detox Ever.

Ever get that feeling that you need to detox…but that you don’t want to do a ‘full detox’? Well we’ve got the perfect solution for you and it’s aptly named ‘gin & juice’ and it combines two great things, a nice freshly squeezed/blended green juice and of course gin!

Grapefruit & Gin Curd Tart with Lemon Thyme Cream Recipe.

As much as we love drinking gin, there comes a time when we want to be a little different with it and that’s when we decide that the only sensible choice is to start baking with it! That’s when a friendly gin baker comes into his element. We sent him over our spirit of Cornwall box which includes two Tarquin’s gins and left him to his magic and he came up with this delicious recipe!

Lastly, we finish up with some delectable images from your insiders that inspire us to get creative with Gin

From left to right, 1.) The Gin Joint Athens, a classic pour. 2.) Atlas Bar Manchester, the ideal set up. 3.) Chair Bar Oslo, adds chilli for spice. 4.) East London Liquor Company, with a classic London Gin. 5.) Elephant Gin, the classic pour. 6.) Heads & Tales Bar, Rosemary and Grapefruit Garnish. 7.) The Gin Bar, Gin best enjoyed with friends. 8.) The Potted Pig, A Champagne Gin cocktail. 9.) Whitechapel Bar, Gin accompanies Oysters, match made in heaven. 10.) Ugo Bar, Garnish with dried candies blood oranges.

That’s everything folks. We hope you enjoyed this article, we certainly enjoyed putting it together and getting those insider secrets from all the amazing gin lovers that contributed. Be sure to sign up to our members’ club to experience gin like never before.

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