World Gin Day Preparation
Posted: Jun 04 2015
World Gin Day...
is almost upon us so make sure that on Saturday 13th June you have your freezer full of ice, your garnishes ready and your muddler on standby. In preparation for the day we have restocked our gins and refreshed our tonic syrups. We're ready to board the gin train!
It is said that Gin was invented in the mid 17th Century by a Dutch physician Franciscus Slyvius. Back then it was used to cure stomach ailments, gallstones and gout, however the British soldiers used to drink a form of genever (Dutch gin) before war as far back as the 15th Century, hence the term Dutch Courage. By the end of the 17th century hundreds of small distilleries were set up all Holland and Belgium. From here it was taken to England by William of Orange who occupied the British Throne. This started the Gin craze, and hundreds of years later we are still known to knock a gin or two back.
For those of you who want to know more about this ancient spirit. Here are the different styles of Gin. Article taken from noshon.it
London Dry Gin is what most people think of as “gin.” They are typically very dry, heavily juniper flavored, light in body, and aromatic. To get the flowery, botanical flavor, this style of gin is typically infused with various aromatic ingredients during the 2nd or 3rd distillation process, giving each brand its own unique taste. London dry gin doesn’t have to be made in London and most aren’t. If you’re at the store, common brands include Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, and Beefeater. This style is great for classic martinis, gin and tonics, and Aviation cocktails.
Plymouth Gin is a less dry cousin to London Dry Gin that must be made in Plymouth, England. Infused with more roots, this style of gin has an earthier flavor with softer juniper notes than other styles. Currently, there is only one brand of Plymouth gin produced in the world and, wouldn’t you know it, it’s called Plymouth. It can be used anywhere a London Dry Gin is used.
Genever or Dutch Gin is very different in color and taste to the other types of gins. Unlike most gins which are made with a combination of cereal grains, genever is made from a base of malt grains which gives it a darker color and flavor that is more similar to a light-bodied, botanical whiskey. Recently, genever has been revived by craft mixologists who are using it creatively in cocktails, but it is just as good for sipping straight or chilled. The most commonly available brand is Bols Genever.
Old Tom Gin is a sweeter cousin to London Dry Gin and is appropriately names as it was the preferred gin in a Tom Collins. It’s often thought of as somewhere in between a London Dry Gin and Genever. It can be difficult to find but look for the Hayman’s brand. Old Tom Gin is most famously used in the Tom Collins and Martinez cocktails but is also delicious in a Ramos Gin Fizz.
New American or International Style Gin is an umbrella term used to refer to all of the new styles of gin that use the same base distilling process but are predominantly infused with flavors other than juniper berries. The most common one you might be familiar with is Hendrick’s, flavored with cucumber and rose.
Gin Tasting & Masterclass.
With a little help from Mr Adelaide aka Mark Reginato from Gentlemen of Gin, Gas and Connect Vines we got the opportunity to learn a whole lot more about Gin and pick the brains of some of the great dudes of gin coming out of Australia. We also got to try some delicious cocktails, the West Winds Broadside Sour with plum dust being a firm favourite.
We had the pleasure of chatting to Andrew Marks from MGC and the Wanderer. His gin is outstanding. On show he had all 13 Botanicals that he uses, distilled separately and ready to be blended together. The aromatics and differences of each botanical were crazy, from his home grown Grapefruit and Rosemary to the oranges he swaps with a neighbour, each botanical is carefully selected and distilled before being lovingly blended to achieve the desired effect, a full, woody and citrus London dry style.
What happens next?
Now that you know your gin, you should know your tonics or in this instance your tonic syrups.
With so many different botanicals and flavours the addition of a tonic syrup can take your Gin and Tonic to the next level. Tonic syrup is the old school way of making tonic water. They are made from cinchona bark which gives it the reddish colour. It is ground up and boiled to extract the quinine to which a blend of different herbs and spices are added. Each Tonic syrup is unique and they range from sweet and tangy to herbal and bitter. With this addition to the summer classic, it puts so much fun into finding your perfect G&T.Happy Drinking and Happy World Gin Day...