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.
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.