Broker’s, The Gin With The Bowler Hat

Founded by the two brothers Andy and Martin Dawson in 1998, Broker’s is an exceptional gin and just like the British humour, it is delightfully dry. The very well balanced recipe is 200 years old and, despite the various attempts to modernize it, it cannot possibly be improved…

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The Sweet Science of Boxer Gin

The Boxer has been fighting its way to the top of the craft gin market since 2014 with a secret weapon. This not-so-classic dry gin gets its vibrant and complex taste from the marriage of Himalayan and Bulgarian juniper, lots of carefully sourced botanicals, and British wheat.

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Dry Ginuary

8 Reasons Why Dry GINuary is Better For You Than Dry January

Do of course take the below with a pinch of salt! We are not medical professionals, and the article is intended as entertainment only.

With Dry January being mentioned all over the place we thought we’d give you 8 reasons why DryGinuary (where you spend the month celebrating Gin!) might just be better for you. I’m sure we’ve all read that a small glass of red might be good for you, so now lets see what our favourite friend Gin has to offer!

1. Drinking gin may help stop wrinkles & reduces ageing!

Juniper berries have high levels of antioxidants, which can help you stay healthy, fight wrinkles and keep you looking youthful. We can’t promise drinking gin will directly lead to this but the juniper berry is a powerful little thing that can also help cell regeneration and also reduce inflammation. (source)

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The Story of 6 O’clock Gin

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.

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What to do on World Gin Day 2016

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.

 

World Gin Day – Space Centre (Leicester, UK)Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 13.11.25

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

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How to make the perfect Martini

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:

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What makes an Old Tom gin?

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.haymans old tom

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.

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What makes a London Dry Gin?

What is Gin?

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.G&T with rosemary

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…

London Dry

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5 Ways to drink gin you’ve probably never thought of…

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.

DP2M1150 Recipe for Gin, Cucumber and white current lollies

  • 350g fresh white currants
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup gin
  • ½l  water
  • 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.

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