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.
Saturday 11th June is our favourite day of the year not only is the Queens Birthday celebrated but – its’ World Gin Day and to celebrate we will be at the World Gin Day event at the Space Centre in Leicester. Please do come along and see what we are about – we will be selling a limited number of our first kits as well as some delicious G&Ts.
Here’s a little more about the event and also what else is on in the UK if you can’t make it to Leicester.
In short, this is a day for everyone and anyone (over the drinking age of course…!) to celebrate and enjoy gin! Whether you’re already a fan of the juniper spirit, or looking for an intro, World Gin Day is the perfect opportunity to get involved. Check out who’s going to be there and come along and celebrate the ginniest of gin events with us.
Alternatively try and pop along to any one of the events below to sip on
We see hundreds of bottles of gin not only pass through our office but also at festivals, events and more. We always take note of any bottles that catch our eye as well of course of any that we love the taste of. We thought it was about time we compiled a list of the most beautiful gin bottles we’ve come across for you to view. There’s quite a few (49) so sit back, make a cuppa or a G&T and have a browse. Let us know your favourites!
Want to hit the big milestone of 100 years old and even keep going? Then the secret might very well be gin!
The Scotsman reported on a grandmother living in Glasgow who hit the wonderful age of 105 years old in November last year, a fantastic achievement and Ina Carruthers regularly enjoys “gin and orange juice”, could this be the secret to living to an old age, well we really hope so! The grandmother told the newspaper that she attended dance classes on a Monday night and would regularly have the gin & orange juice.
As lovers of gin we do come across a lot of gin related stuff and one thing that we love is seeing old vintage gin adverts. The classic designs are something that capture our imagination and pretty much every advert we see we wish we had a copy of to frame and put in the ILoveGin office.
Here are a few of our favourites we’ve come across in the past few months, let us know your favourite!
We’ve written before about odd gins including the lobster infused gin and this time we’ve come across a gin which has approximately 62 red wood ants inside every single bottle, it’s not purely just infused with ants, it also features flavours of young nettles, spring and angelica.
Behind this unique gin is a collaboration between The Cambridge Distillery and Nordic Food Lab,
With rocketing popularity of the iconic Italian spirit Campari plus gin revolution that has been occurring over the passed few years, the Negroni is now seen on most London cocktail bars. Bitter but sweet, simple yet complex and still so refreshing – it’s no wonder this historic drink has experienced a revival.
To stir one up at home, follow our recipe below for the perfect Negroni.
A brief history of the Negroni
The Negroni is an adaptation itself – of the Americano, a simple blend of Campari, vermouth and soda. Story goes that the drink was invented in Florence in 1919 when Count Negroni asked for a slug of gin in his Americano in place of the soda. So the aromatic Negroni was born, and was swiftly adopted by Italians as a pre-dinner drink, or a palate-cleansing settler for after dinner.
Perhaps the simplest of cocktails with such minimal ingredients yet having said that there are numerous ways to serve your martini – shaken, stirred, dirty, dry. Not to mention temperature, ratios or the garnish debate. I believe the real secret lies in the quality of the ingredients, but each and every person seems to have their own special formula. Here’s how we think the martini is done best:
Being big fans of the wonderful spirit they call gin, we thought it was about time you got to know the facts about it! We’ve uncovered 31 facts that you probably didn’t know. So whether you enjoy a good old G&T, martini fan or love a good Tom Collins you’re in for a treat.
1. Gin was first born around 1689
It was some 40+ years later that the first known pairing of gin with food occurred (1731), this was a pairing with gingerbread, something that many gin lovers still do to this day
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.