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Gin-lovers across the world grab your tonic and lime because this Saturday we’ll be celebrating World Gin Day. Returning for it’s eighth year I decided to explore the botanicals of gin and leave my readers with a few cocktails in preparation for this weekend!
World Gin Day began in 2009 and was founded by Ginnoisseur Neil Houston. Intended simply as a day to for Neil to drink gin with friends the concept has now grown into a global festivity.
Thank goodness for the goodness in Gin!
The history of gin spans across hundred of years and dates back as far as the 17th century. Originally Gin was used as medicine to treat stomach ulcers, gout and gallstones.
A common question among avid gin and vodka drinkers is
‘What’s the difference between gin and vodka?’
Quite simply it is the botanical in the gin called Juniper. You may recognise that Juniper is a main ingredient in Gin, and whilst Juniper was also known to have medicinal purpose, it was added much later on to make it more palatable for the Dutch during the war.
A botanical is a ‘substance obtained from a plant and used typically in medicinal or cosmetic purpose’. Proof that our Friday night G&T is for medicinal purposes!
Juniper is the backbone of all Gin and elicits flavours of pine, menthol, pepper and fruit. Here is a list of the other dominant botanicals found in gin.
Cardamom – Ever tasted a hint of Ginger in your gin? That would be the cardamom which is a distant relative of the fragrant spice.
Anise Seed – A main botanical in our colour changing Imagic Gin. Here we have a Mediterranean spice which is likened to liquorice.
Dried Sweet Orange Peel – All but one dry gin made today contains a citrus element. The orange peel offers refreshing notes and a zingy structure.
To celebrate World Gin Day in true style, Liquid Indulgence have teamed up with Twisted Mojito to create two fantastic gin cocktails.
Blueberry Gin Mojito
- Gin ~ handful of blueberries ~ mint ~ juice of half a lemon ~ teaspoon of sugar.
How to make:
- Muddle a small hand full of blueberries with mint, lemon juice and sugar
- Add 30ml of Molvino Tower Bridge London Style Gin
- Add ice to your liking
- Top up with either Fever Tree Tonic water or Ginger Ale.
- Stir well and garnish with a mint sprig, or a cocktail stick with blueberries.
A great twist on the classic rum mojito!
- Gin ~ wedge of grapefruit ~ fresh tarragon ~ teaspoon of sugar.
How to make:
- Muddle a grapefruit wedge with fresh tarragon and sugar in a cocktail shaker.
- Add 30ml of Gin Sea London Style Gin and ice then shake vigorously.
- Dump the contents into a tumbler glass.
- Top up with Fever Tree Tonic Water.
Inspired by Rachel’s travels to Australia, the perfect drink for lounging in the garden (or on a beach if you’re lucky enough!)
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