Celebrating Gin Day: It’s All About G&Ts

Gin Day, celebrated on the second Saturday of June, provides the perfect excuse (as if we needed one!) to salute this global favourite. This classic cocktail boasts a rich history and offers endless opportunities for creative variations. So, let’s dive in!

Gin’s history dates back to the 17th century when it was first distilled in Holland as a medicinal tonic called “jenever.” The spirit gained popularity in England when Dutch-born King, William of Orange, took the throne in 1689. The English quickly embraced gin, leading to the infamous “Gin Craze” of the early 18th century, where gin production skyrocketed and its consumption became widespread.

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The gin and tonic has its origins in the British colonial era in India. Malaria was a significant threat to British troops and settlers, and it was treated with quinine extracted from the bark of the cinchona tree. Quinine, however, is incredibly bitter. To make it more palatable, British officers began mixing it with sugar, water, lime, and gin, creating the first gin and tonic.

G & T Spoon

The secret to perfecting the G&T starts with the gin, and there are plenty of high-quality gins to choose from. Premium tonic water with natural quinine usually provides the best taste, and clear, large ice cubes are ideal for keeping your drink cold without diluting it quickly. Famously, the classic ratio is 1 part gin to 2 parts tonic water, but this can be adjusted to taste. It can be served in a high-ball glass, a balloon glass (which is popular in Spain) or a metal mug. And don’t forget to give it a good stir to ensure that the flavours mix.

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If you’re looking to get creative, the G&T is incredibly flexible. For a fragrant and floral twist, use elderflower tonic water and garnish with edible flowers and cucumber slices. For a refreshing herbal experience, infuse your drink with fresh rosemary, thyme, or basil, add a splash of Mediterranean tonic water, and garnish with a sprig of your chosen herb and a slice of grapefruit. If you enjoy a bit of heat, add some spice with ginger tonic water and garnish with a slice of fresh ginger, some chilli pepper, and a sprig of mint. Finally, berry-flavoured gin or fresh berries like raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries, topped with berry tonic water, can offer a delightful fruity alternative.

Happy Gin Day!


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