As resolution time rolls around, don’t make the mistake of trying to do something impossible. Instead, why not try these gin related resolutions?
Because everything’s better with gin!
There’s really nothing worse than a lukewarm gin, so make a resolution never to drink gin without ice again! And start using a copa glass. The stem keeps your warm hands away from that lovely gin, keeping it cooler for longer.
The craft gin revolution is a truly global phenomenon. Gin is now being made all over the world and we import it to our festivals from as far afield as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Colombia! You can explore a world of gin from your armchair or get out there! Wherever you go, you're sure to find a new favourite gin.
Have you always wanted a gorgeous shelfie like the one above? This is the year to start that gin collection. The gin market is growing, distillers are experimenting with new flavours and we get a new gin every day it seems. Not sure where to start? Gin Explorer is the perfect solution. Every month they’ll guide you through the world of gin by sending you 4 of the world’s best gins to sample.
Most people drink between a 1:1 to 1:3 ratio of gin and tonic. While most gins are designed to be drunk with tonic, and really reveal their flavour when mixed, it is important when tasting gin to start by trying it neat first. Neat, the gin’s strongest aromas are apparent and a quick sip of the neat gin will help you decide what quantity of tonic will make it perfect. Plus, these days many gins work excellently as pure sipping gins that don’t necessarily need tonic. Sir Robin of Locksley and Inverroche Amber are two great gins that are beautiful served with nothing more than a little ice and garnish.
Want to really impress your friends with your gin knowledge? A good place to start is learning your definitions. If you still think all London Dry gins come from London and have no idea what an Old Tom or Navy Strength refers to, then this is the year to fix that. Gin Explorer has a fantastic blog that explains the basics.
Ever fancied making your own gin? With a new gin launching, seemingly every day, why not join in with your own creation? Places like Portobello Road’s Ginsititute or Nelson’s Gin School will let you distill your own 70cl bottle of gin using the botanicals of your choice. Or do it at home. Home distilling is illegal but you can make bathtub gin by infusing botanicals in vodka very easily and produce a very drinkable spirit. And, of course, there’s always the tradition of homemade sloe gin every autumn.
2016’s buzziest buzzword might just be the concept of mindfulness. Existing in the instant and taking the time to focus on and savour each moment. That’s a concept we can certainly get behind when it comes to drinking gin! Savour your gin. Drink less and drink better, taking the time to focus on the different elements that make up that incredible gin you're enjoying.
Whatever else happens, 2017 promises to be another great year for gin. Cheers!
Take a tour de Yorkshire gin of your own this weekend with Gin Festival and some of our favourite spirits from God's own country.
In honour of St George's Day, and all things English, we were thinking; "What gins would famous English characters drink?" Here are our answers.
What happens at a Gin Festival? Have a read of this review of Gin Festival Nottingham 2017 by Loren Peters to find out.
This chocolate orange gin cocktail is creamy, rich, fruity and boozy! An amazing, and easy to make, weekend treat.