Those of you lucky enough to be in the first 250 members from last month, I hope you enjoyed our first ever monthly G&T box! This month we have teamed up with Bramley and Gage to bring you 6 O’clock gins. Each kit will feature a miniature strikingly smooth London Dry Gin and a miniature of their delicious Sloe Gin.
Here’s a little more about Bramley and Gage and the history of 6 O’clock gin.
Yes we love gin, yes we love the summer and so we’re a little mad about any type of refreshing summer cocktails especially those that have mint in them! So we’ve found our 5 favourite summer gin cocktails which contain mint (and often cucumber) and put them all in one place for you to look through and decide which (if not all) to make.
That’s right, we think gin drinkers are the best and we’re going to tell you why! Yes we might be just a little bias as we love gin too but we think the 15 reasons below back up our opinion 😉 Agree? if you do you may love our monthly Gin & Tonic tasting club and you can get new gins delivered each month.
1. We love trying new things!
One of the best things about gin is that there are hundreds of different ones out there and although we do all have our own favourites we all love to try new ones!
Our first featured tonic in the I Love Gin club will be BTW – joining Jensen’s Gins at the end of this month to create the very first I Love Gin subscription box!
At Bermondsey Tonic Water they love gin almost as much as us and they understand the huge significance of a decent gin and tonic! So they have created the perfect tonic designed to preserve and compliment distinct flavours in every gin.
Handmade in Bermondsey (just ’round the corner from the Jensen’s Gin Distillery, in fact!), to a Victorian recipe, using a range of all natural ingredients including quinine extracted from the bark of the South American cinchona tree, BTW carefully craft their tonic in super small batches of around 60 litres by soaking Cinchona bark in BTW syrup.
We’re thrilled to announce that Jensen’s Gin will be the first gin to feature in our I Love Gin club box at the end of this month alongside BTW Tonic Water!
Christian Jensen, a banking IT specialist, was working in Tokyo and came across a hidden bar serving a “Naked Martini” – just London Dry gin and a twist of lime. Jensen enjoyed the drink so much he regularly returned to the bar during his stay, and on his last visit before returning to London he was presented with a bottle of the gin by the owner. This gin was no longer in production, and the brand on the label was illegible. Jensen made it his personal mission to find or recreate his new favourite spirit when he was back in London.
Fentiman’s Botanically Brewed Beverages are made with all-natural ingredients without any artificial sweeteners, and specially brewed with botanicals for extra flavour.
What is botanical brewing exactly?
I’m glad you asked, it’s a rare talent! Botanical brewing is a combination of infusions, blending and fermentation of natural ingredients. Thomas Fentiman’s original botanical brewing method takes seven whole days – there’s no rushing in botanical brewing as this time-honoured technique requires concentration and focus in order to guarantee a superior beverage.
First of all the chosen botanicals are crushed and placed into copper steam jacket pans to extract the finest elements of flavour. The botanical extract is then filtered into a wooden vat where it is left overnight. This will help the live yeast to develop. The yeast is then removed the next morning and the live liquid is left to ferment in the wooden vat a while longer.
This is how Fentiman’s beverages has been brewed since 1905. It is this process that produces the depth of flavour, the sensation and rich texture which are the hallmark of Fentiman’s drinks today.
Whether it’s been a long day at work, or the sun’s just come out and you’re sat in the garden at the weekend, nothing can quite beat the refreshing taste of sipping on a G&T.
But why exactly do we love it so much? Sure, Gin on its own is delightful – especially if you have your favourite one to hand – but not many of us are big fans of tonic on its own. What exactly makes mixing the two together so magical?
Well, it seems it can all be explained with science (maybe we should have all paid more attention in science at school) and we’re here to tell you exactly how.
It’s World Gin Day on Saturday 11th June and to celebrate we thought we’d share some of the World’s best gins with you. The Gin market is booming and there is something for everyones tastes – from your classic London dry to saffron gin to sloe gin to gin made with lobster you’re sure to find something on the market that you enjoy and everyone has their own favourites.
However we have pulled together a few of the very best so let us know what you think… and raise a glass to World Gin Day!
10. Four Pillars Gin – Australia
Until I came across this gin, I had never so much heard of gin from Australia and certainly dared not try it – it seemed like sacrilege! But then I tasted it, it is an absolute cracker, full of cinnamon and orange flavours. Little wonder it won double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.