A sip of an Old Tom-style distillation offers an interesting look into the history of gin. Sweeter than your classic London dry, it’s often referred to as “the missing link” between old-school Dutch genever (the sweet spirit from which modern gin originated), and the now popular London Gin.
Originating in Britain during the 18th century, Old Tom was the traditional gin of choice for cocktails like the Tom Collins, Gin Rickey, and Martinez. The spirit all but died out in the middle part of the 20th century, though these days it’s enjoying something of a revival. The UK’s Hayman Distillers launched an Old Tom gin in 2007, which is probably the most well known but others soon followed suit including Jensens Gin.
Okay this sounds like some kind of ridiculous title for an article…well it is but it’s also true… kind of!
A new gin has been developed which is aptly named ‘Anti-a Gin’ and is distilled with pure collagen (don’t worry it’s got a range of other things in it so it tastes nice including hazel, nettle, tea tree and chamomile), the collagen in it though is thought to help you stay looking young. The 40% gin combines these properties with a spirit we all love so you’ll not only be able to have a few drinks but stay looking younger!
We’ve heard of some strange drinks before, from whiskey infused with duck fat to bacon vodka and now you’ll be able to get your gin fix while enjoying one of the finer things in life…lobster!
A Michelin starred restaurant called Ter Leepe and the Belgian chef Kristof Marrannes are releasing a Lobster infused gin after months of experimenting with this crustacean and alcohol.
Why would someone make this I hear you ask? Well apparently the chef wanted a spirit which he could pair with the lobster dishes that he serves, he then decided that there wasn’t something on the market so he would have to create his own. The lobsters are soaked in ‘pure alcohol’ for two days in a row, then the lobster itself is thrown away (poor lobsters!) and the resulting liquid is distilled and mixed with another gin. As a result the gin has a taste which works perfectly when paired with lobster dishes, it’s served with tonic (of course) and a garnish of lemon grass, lime and parsley.
Many have questioned whether this is fair of the lobsters with animal rights advocates saying that they suffer during the soaking and it’s a wasteful process, but the restaurant have said that it doesn’t harm them. The name of this unique spirit is Lobstar Premium Marine Gine, it’ll cost you around £45 per bottle ($65) and each bottle has 200g’s of real lobster inside.
If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship then you’ll know how amazing they are, not only do you get to travel to different destinations but you get to experience the thrill and luxury of being on board a ship sailing across the ocean. With many cruise ships getting bigger we know they bigger doesn’t always mean better, it really depends on what you want out of it!
Our favourite cruise ship…. is now the Europa 2, why you ask? Well because it can serve you a gin and tonic in 140+ different ways and has a selection of 35 different gins!
On Monday we visited Graphic Bar in Soho – for ‘the greatest cocktail tournament in history!’ It was our first visit there and we loved it!
It was the first round of the Gin Off event they are running over the course of the next 6 months, there was a great vibe with a room full of gin enthusiasts. Graphic have a fantastic back bar featuring over 300 different gins but this night was all about 4 very competitive Gin brands: Bols Genever, Whitley Neill, Copper Head and Plymouth Gin.
Each night of the gin off, a bartender from each brand creates a signature inventive cocktail to show off their incredible gin. Each cocktail was then judged by everyone in the bar. They served a fascinating array of cocktails shown below, but a special congratulations to Copper Head for winning round 1 and Whitley Neill for Runner up.
These guys served up ‘I’m not a cupcake’ – gin, sherry and lemon juice featured in this cocktail which was then topped up with Champagne and served in a chocolate cup.
Have you ever walked into a shop selling alcohol and noticed the top shelf where all the bottles with a big price tag are? Well if you thought the prices you’ve seen in the past are big then you’ll be in for a surprise when you see what the world’s most expensive bottle of gin costs.
The gin is called Watenshi, and is on sale in Selfridges in Birmingham, known as the ‘Japanese Angel’ the gin costs a wallet crunching
For a spirit to be called a “Gin”, Juniper must be the predominant flavour, but a huge array of botanicals are used to give the many different brands of gin their distinct flavours.
Gin as we know it today stems from “Jenever”, a Dutch spirit made with Juniper berries and usually aged in casks. Originally it was used as a medicinal tonic, but developed over time into a recreational drink, and exploded as an industry when it was brought to Britain by the Dutch in the 17th century.
There are various types of gin and it’s the London dry we are focusing on…
Here’s 5 recipes that will get you drinking/eating gin and tonic like never before…
Gin and Tonic Popsicles
Ice lollies for adults. Forget gin on rocks with slice of cucumber, lick it off the stick and you won’t even notice you got yourself drunk.
These are so great for a sunny summers day and not hard to make. Why not make a batch now so they are ready for when the sun comes out.
Recipe for Gin, Cucumber and white current lollies
350g fresh white currants
½ cup sugar
Juice of half a lemon
1 cup gin
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced cucumber
Simmer the the white currants and sugar with about ½ a cup of water for 8-10 mins. Leave to cool. Strain, and push pulp through sieve to remove seeds. Add the lemon juice, gin and water. Pour into the popsicle mould (if you don’t have one then plastic champagne glasses work well – probably about 7-8) insert cucumber or lemon slices and freeze for at least 5 hours.
We love gin, you love gin and so we’re giving away a bottle of Jensen’s Gin! Who doesn’t want free gin?
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You’ll love this dry gin, perfect for your gin and tonic’s after a hard day at work or in your favourite cocktail, Jensen’s is packed full of juniper flavour and is actually only one of a small few London dry gins which are actually distilled in London! It’s a favourite of ours and we always seem to have a bottle in our range of different gins, so whether you’ve tried it before, love it or have never tried it enter our free competition and you could be getting your hands on a bottle!