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?
All entrants will also get a FREE copy of our “Ultimate Gin & Tonic Recipes” ebook
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Terms: UK residents aged 18+. Competition ends at 10am on 25th April 2016.
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!
Gin is thriving, the world is once again infatuated with this juniper based spirit and small-batch distilleries are popping up across the globe. The G&T is seeing a new lease of life, being served up in stunning glassware, with big ice and a beautiful array of garnishes, not to mention Fever-tree causing a stir in the mixer category with their natural tonic waters. Bartenders are offering a plethora of beautiful G&T’s and the classic gin-based cocktails have come roaring back into fashion too.
With gin’s resurgence, we’ve seen a vast array of ‘gin palaces’ arrive on the scene ready to serve you up the perfect concoction. Here are 5 of our favourite places to get a great gin drink in London.
Ever been to a pub and got excited about the number of gins that are behind the bar? Well if you head across to the Old Bell Inn near Manchester you’ll be greeted with around 600 different gins, yes you read that right, it’s not a typo they have six hundred different gins for you to taste!
This achievement has allowed the pub to be officially recognised as the Guinness World Record holder for the most gins in a pub! Not a bad effort we think!
2 days ago we came across something very exciting… the launch of a new bar in New York which have created some awesome cocktail lollies!
Prosecco with a cocktail infused lolly stuck in them, keeping them cool and delivering unique tastes! Are these not simply the best cocktail ideas for the summer?!
We think so, the only shame is these are only available currently in a bar in New York, hopefully some bars in the UK might hopefully cotton on to this. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter as we’ll likely be doing a DIY version of this so you can make a Gin & Tonic version this summer!
Spring is on it’s way and there’s nothing I enjoy more on a sunny day that a classic Gin and Tonic cocktail, however we’ve covered this previously with ‘The Perfect Serve‘ so now we are here to share a few other gin cocktail recipes for you to try with you’re favourite gin.
Known for their Whisky, Guinness and Baileys this may come a surprise to some of you but Ireland is in fact, home to a rich and lively gin drinking scene, and the country is hardly inexperienced when it comes to distilling it too.
Distilling is an ancient art in Ireland- for how long we do not know exactly – but probably just longer than 1,000 years.
There are SO many gins out there that it can sometimes be overwhelming when you stand at the bar and order a G&T and the barman turns and asks you what gin you’d like…he points at a whole back bar stacked full of GIN! This shouldn’t be a mad moment of panic where you feel so under pressure that you end up going for the closest bottle or the one you vaguely recognise or stands out on the shelf! This should be your time to shine and impress Mr Bartender with your Gin knowledge…so let’s start with some top British Gins.