We roundup all the best places to celebrate World Gin Day this weekend so you don’t miss a drop!
One-of-a-kind gin at Pollen Street Social destination gin bar
This Gin Day, the gin bar at Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social will be the only bar in the world serving Hoppy Gin, the latest creation from the pioneers at Audemus Spirits and the Michelin-starred establishment’s choice of gin for the month for June. Using an IPA from Paris-based brewers Deck & Donohue as the base, the gin will be served with a garnish of fresh passion fruit and sage to complement the tropical undertones. Guests can also explore the bar’s eclectic selection of 62 gins and 3 genevers from 13 countries curated by Bar Manager, Greg Almeida. Divided into 6 categories, unusual, citrus, floral, harmonious, juniper heavy, Old Tom and genever, guests can explore the collection through the bar’s selection of gin-based cocktails for a true celebration of this versatile spirit.
Gin-based floral cocktails at German Gymnasium
This summer, guests at German Gymnasium can enjoy the light and citrus ‘Ikebana’ cocktail. Based on the Japanese art of flower arranging, the ‘Ikebana’ blends Tanqueray 10, elderflower cordial, matcha and lemon juice and is garnished with a single, edible orchid. The cocktail will be specially priced during ‘Flower Hour’, every weekday from 5pm – 7pm at £7.
Jungle book inspired gin cocktails at Old Bengal Bar
To celebrate Gin Day, guests at Old Bengal Bar’s ‘Jungle Book Terrace’ can enjoy the aptly named ‘Mowgli’ cocktail. A light and fruity mix of Tanqueray Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Vida Mezcal, pineapple juice, elderflower cordial, lemon juice and thyme and is garnished with edible flowers. The cocktail will be specially priced during ‘Flower Hour’, every weekday from 5pm – 7pm at £7.
Gin Events at Graphic Bar
Gin Social is a monthly gin event helping Londoner’s to swot up on their botanical knowledge. These informative and entertaining evenings are inviting exceptional gin producers to present. On Monday 6th June, the quintessentially British distillers, Langleys, will be hosting the Gin Social. Langley’s Distillery was founded almost a century ago by the Palmer family, who still own it today. Generations of experience has resulted in a timeless Old English style and elegantly understated gin. The lovingly produced Langley’s No.8 gin is uniquely created with a secret blend of eight botanicals. Tickets to Gin Social cost £5 and are available through Eventbrite.
Gin Off is once again gathering together gin experts for the biggest gin competition London has to offer. Graphic’s Gin Off educates, engages and involves members of the public and drinks experts alike. After seeing the likes of Whitley Neill, Boxer and East LDN Liquor Co battle it out in the first and second round, Gin Off returns for Round 3 on June 20th with Ungava, Silent Pool, Pink Pepper, Hayman’s competing for the coveted trophy. The rules of the competition are simple, each brand is tasked with creating a bespoke cocktail for the competition. On arrival each guest is given a polling card entitling them to sample each of the 4 cocktails on offer, guests then vote for their favourite cocktail, the votes are counted and the top two brands with the highest votes progress to the quarter finals. £10 tickets available via Eventbrite.
Cocktail hour just got a new twist at the Strand Palace Hotel with the launch of Gin & Tea! Gin based cocktails are paired with sharing plates – ideal for that post-work slot! Go for a Pink Lady (Beefeater gin, fresh raspberries, lemon juice, gomme and black pepper) and indulge in Asian inspired snacks such as teriyaki salmon with ponzu sauce, or crab cakes with sweet chilli sauce. Gin cocktails are available for £13.95 each and Tea to accompany comes at £17.00 for the sharing menu.
Mr Fogg’s Safari Camp at Taste of London
This summer, the award-winning bar brand Mr Fogg’s will unveil a lavish 19th century colonial Safari Camp at the world’s greatest food and drink festival, Taste of London in Regent’s Park. From 15th June to 19th June 2016, Mr Fogg’s Safari Camp will serve a range of the finest World Class Drinks, complete with British-colonial style tents, taking guests on an exotic alfresco adventure in the first safari park to open in London. The Safari Camp will also boast an interactive Gin & Tonic bar, where a world-class barman will give a lesson in the fine art of concocting the perfect G&T, making it the ideal destination for Father’s Day!
OR stay at home and make your own cocktail with Boodles Gin….
An inherently British gin brand, which to this day is exclusively produced in the country, interestingly contains no citrus, obtaining its unique flavour from a number of botanicals including sage, rosemary and nutmeg, resulting in a clean and crisp taste.
The perfect refreshing drink to celebrate the eighth year of World Gin Day – sit back and sip in the sunshine!
- 50 ml Boodles Gin
- 25 ml Lemon Juice
- 12.5 ml sugar syrup
- Soda water – enough to top up
- Mint leaves
- Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker, shake up and strain over ice into a tall glass
- Top up with soda water
- Garnish with a mint sprig