For many years now I’ve been having an affair. A sordid yet not very clandestine affair on wine, with gin. I love wine, I really do, but gin hits a different spot, one that wine sometimes cannot, and vice versa in wine’s defence.
This Saturday is World Gin Day and I urge you to use this as a wonderful excuse to drink as much of the stuff as possible, though, I’m sure you don’t need much encouragement. But don’t just drink Gordon’s or Bombay, if you hadn’t noticed ’boutique gin’ is really big, there are so many to choose from. Everywhere you look there are Gin Palaces popping up, even our dearly beloved Wetherspoons has a shrine to gin.
This means that there is no excuse to say “oh just the house gin” when at the bar. Lime with your G&T? Pfffft. Old news. Even cucumber is starting to feel like old hat when discussing the best accompaniment. Pink grapefruit, bloody orange, (regular orange is fine too) rosemary, grapes, basil, apple, the list goes on.
I don’t feel like I really need to sell the idea of gin to you so I’ll keep this blog post short and sweet and tell you a few of my favourites.