Not that we need to be given an excuse to enjoy gin- but at the end of the week it’s World Gin Day!
Gins predominant flavour comes from juniper berries- juniperus communis. The name ‘gin’ actually comes from either the French genièvreot or the Dutch jenever – both of which mean juniper.
Franciscus Sylvius, a Dutch physician is often falsely credited for gin in the mid 17th century, however the existence of gin is confirmed in Philip Massinger’s play (The Duke of Milan, 1623) when he would have been nine years old, so we know this is false. It’s also claimed English soldiers in 1585 during the Eighty Years’ War were drinking genever for calming effects before they proceeded to go into the battle- this is where the term ‘Dutch Courage’ is believed to come from.
However it was invented, we can only be glad it was- after it was used to treat medical problems in the mid 17th century, gin is now hugely popular in the UK with distilleries often opening to offer us new flavours of gin. To keep it local, we went for Masons Yorkshire Gin with our pork pies- here are our favourite three gin cocktails for you to easily make and enjoy this summer, coupled with a pork pie and a nice salad…
The James Bond (AKA Vesper Martini)
“Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”
–Casino Royale, Chapter 7
Funnily enough, according to the British Medical Journal’s study, the spy consumes 1,150 units of alcohol in 88 days so whether or not he’d be a good aim with the gun, we’ll leave to Fleming.
Apple and Pomegranate Fizz
Place the crushed ice in your highball glass. Ass in the honey and lemon juice and mix well. Add the gin and then apple and pomegranate appletiser. Decorate well ans serve.
Hibiscus Gin and Tonic
A twist on the classic. This will make a jug of the cocktail – perfect for when friends come over!
Bring the hibiscus flowers, sugar and 120ml water to boil in a small saucepan. Reduce the heat and continually stirring, wait for the sugar to dissolve. Chill this mixture for at least 1 hour, but if you’re making this in preparation for a party- you can chill this overnight.
Strain the hibiscus syrup and keep some of the flowers for decoration. Combine the rest of the ingredients and stir in the tonic to fill the pitcher. Add in more of the hibiscus syrup to taste and add in your decoration of hibiscus flowers!
Let us know if you’re planning to try any of our favourite gin cocktails in time for World Gin Day; perfect for a hopefully sunny day so we can sit outside with friends and family; complete with a platter of pork pies and an olive and feta cheese salad!