Whether you’re a gin enthusiast or you’re looking to try something new, this is the ultimate guide to the nations favourite botanical spirit!
It’s World Gin Day on 12th June, and we’ve put together a guide for the perfect glassware to enjoy your gin and tonic, as well as our favourite gin cocktail recipes and gin distilleries to visit in the UK!
According to Kantar (data insight company), gin is now the UK’s favourite spirit! Over a quarter of the nation’s population having purchased a bottle of gin in the last 12 months, it has now overtaken Whisky in the popularity stakes. In addition, there has been an increase in younger consumers (18-24 years old) opting for Gin over Beer, choosing to drink less but drink better.
With fewer people now drinking at the pub and opting to consume at home instead, we’re looking to drink specific glassware to enhance our drinking experience. Therefore, we’ve listed some of the best glasses explicitly designed for you to enjoy your favourite gin that little bit more!
Best Glasses for Gin and Tonic
Gin glasses are expertly designed to strengthen the fresh and crisp flavour of gin. The modern copa gin glasses are shaped with a large and wide bowl to heighten aroma and enhance flavour, making for a perfect gin and tonic. In addition, these wide bowl gin glasses allow lots of garnishes and ice to be thrown in with the mix to make the gin come alive.
So whether you’re adding a slice of cucumber or some zesty orange or lime into the mix, these glasses are ideal for the gin drinker who likes a garnish and plenty of cool ice. Alternatively, a traditional highball style gin glass is a perfect all-rounder for long gin drinks, making them a practical and versatile choice of glassware for a wide range of gin cocktails.
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Best Recipes for a Gin Cocktail
We’ve listed three of our favourite Gin Cocktail recipes that we’re sure you’ll love, so why not give them a try on World Whisky Day!
Ingredients: 50ml gin – 25ml lemon juice – 2 tsp sugar syrup – ice – sparkling water – a slice of lemon
How to make a Gin Fizz:
- Pour the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker and fill it up with ice cubes.
- Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold, then strain into a traditional long drink glass.
- If required, fill with more ice and top up with sparkling water. Optional, garnish with a slice of lemon.
Ingredients: 50ml gin – 25ml lemon juice – 25ml sugar syrup – 125ml chilled soda water – ice
How to make a Tom Collins:
- Add all the ingredients into a tall, traditional long drink glass, gently stir and add a garnish of sliced lemon.
Ingredients: 50ml gin – 50ml lime syrup or lime cordial – ice – slice of lime (optional)
How to make a Gimlet cocktail:
- Place a Copa style gin glass in the fridge to chill.
- Pour 50ml of the lime syrup or lime cordial into a tall glass, add the gin and ice cubes.
- Stir until the outside of the glass feels cold.
- Strain the mixture into your chilled Copa glass and garnish with a slice of lime.
Best Gin Distillery Tours in the UK
The popularity of gin in the UK is at an all-time high, with different varieties and new brands entering the market. As a result, an increased number of distilleries have appeared across the country, with some opening their doors to allow the public to tour.
Partaking in a gin distillery tour is a great way to learn about the process behind creating your favourite botanical spirit, which ingredients are included to give it that memorable aroma and how the overall process works. We have listed some of the Best Gin Distillery Tours available in the UK, from Plymouth in Devon to St Andrews in Scotland!
See our list of some of the Best Gin Distillery Tours in the UK >
Best Gifts for a Gin Enthusiast
We’ve got a great selection of Gifts for Gin Lovers; perfect your favourite gin drinker. From the modern Copa gin glasses to the traditional, slimline tumbler, as well as Gin and Tonic scented candles for your home or an educational Gin nosing kit!
See our selection of the Best Gifts for a Gin Enthusiast >
Get involved on World Gin Day and share your favourite bottles of gin, your amazing gin cocktail recipes and don’t forget to use the hashtag #WorldGinDay!