In recent years gin has gone through a revival,
and it’s back on the table, featured at your local watering hole and in-home bars. The revival can be attributed to a rise in cocktail culture, and gin has a huge footprint in that space because of its versatility. It’s a chameleon in cocktails, and blends with a huge assortment of ingredients, which makes the list of potential cocktails nearly limitless.
When shopping for gin, something you should consider is the fact that, like most products, not all gins taste the same. There are several factors that influence the taste of a gin, the primary being the unique botanical blend used by the distiller. Each distiller has their own recipe, which influences the flavour of the finished product. Some styles of gin feature juniper as the heavy hitter, where in other styles it tends to sit on the bench. Some producers even feature local botanicals, which impart flavours from their local region or “terroir”, giving uniqueness to their product.
When it comes to gin, we believe there is one for every palate. With so many to choose from, we suggest you do some exploring. To help with that we have two cocktails to get you started.
For a gin forward, light and fresh cocktail try:
Spring Thyme Gin Cocktail
1 ½ oz gin
½ oz simple syrup
3 cucumber slices, muddled
1 lime wedge, muddled
1 sprig thyme, muddled
In a shaker, muddle the lime wedge, cucumber and thyme. Add simple syrup and gin. Shake with a cup of ice for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled highball glass and serve with a large ice cube. Top with soda water. Garnish with a fresh cucumber slice and sprig of thyme.
Strawberry Gin Cocktail
½ tsp sugar
1 lime wedge
3 fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 oz gin
Fresh mint sprigs
Muddle lime and sugar in the bottom of a glass, releasing juice from the lime. Add sliced strawberries and lightly muddle. Fill a glass with ice and add the gin. Top with a club soda and garnish with a strawberry and sprig of mint.
Tangueray London Dry