Celebrating its ninth year, World Gin Day is one of my favorite days on the calendar, as a fan of gin, this one never passes me by! But I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and there can be a bit of a learning curve to trying the different types out there. So, I’m going to share with you some of my favorites and what you should have with them and when. When it comes to gin there are thousands of different types some simple and have only a few ingredients others have multiple botanicals and taste different depending on what tonic you use (yes that can change the taste). Others are just for fun but are just as nice as the better know gins. Let’s go!
Most people when they think of gin think of Gordon’s and that’s not a bad thing it is a good gateway gin! With a dry palate and good for easy drinking with a simple tonic and a wedge of lime, this is the gin you go to when you want a clean taste of juniper. If you have never had gin before I would recommend starting here.
This is one of my favorite gins! Start with a chilled glass, fill it with ice, stick in a double of Brockmans, add blueberries and a wedge of lime and top with ginger ale and there you have the best gin! This became a go-to drink for me on summer days when it’s hot outside and you have a good book to lounge in the garden with. The only drawback for me is the branding but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a good gin!
Ooh, this is one I got for my birthday this year and have nearly drunk half the bottle this is a very sweet gin and benefits from drinking with just a simple tonic, however, you can easily use this in a cocktail to add that bit of magical sparkle to your fruit drink. Here’s how you can make your own Cosmopolicorn – see what I did there ;)
- Add 50ml x Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur
- Add 50ml triple sec
- Add 15ml lime juice
- Add 15ml cranberry juice
- Shake and strain into a cocktail glass
- Garnish with lime
- Serve over ice
The Zymurgorium English Hedge-Rose Gin is my ultimate summer gin, this one screams out for a lazy sunny day with a glass full of ice and Fevertree Indian tonic. That’s it plain and simple this gin packs a lot of flavors and doesn’t need a lot adding to it, however, a generous squeeze of lime can never go amiss.
So what are your favorite gins? Will you be trying some of mine? Let me know and don’t forget to raise a glass on June 10th!