image

Celebrate World Gin Day 2018!

Here are the 5 key gin trends of the year to celebrate - because a classic gin and tonic just won’t cut it anymore.

Just in case you’re a johnny-come-lately to the gin scene, we’re in the midst of a gin craze and bars specialising in the spirit are in vogue.

The spirit has shaken off its shady Dickensian beginnings and we’re becoming a nation of gin connoisseurs. It’s one of the fastest growing artisanal spirits and enthusiasts are using 100s of different botanicals – bringing with them unique, complex flavours.

So, on World Gin Day, we bring you the best trends of the year.

1. Large style copa glasses

Pic of Tanqueray No Ten

Tanqueray No Ten

It’s all about lounging with an extra large G&T in your hand.

“We’ll be seeing glassware take more of a front seat,” says Tim Homewood, brand ambassador, Tanqueray No Ten. “Think large style copa glasses inspired by the Spanish G&T ritual or beautiful, crisp and clean highballs to enhance your drinks. Who knows, you may even see the odd G&T served in a plastic bag with a plastic goldfish floating around in it. Either way, the sad little pub half pint glass is dead!”

2. Complementing your gin with the right tonic

Pic of Merchant Heart's tonic waters

Merchant’s Heart tonic waters

“Whether you’re new to the gin craze or a gin-thusiast, selecting the correct tonic is as important as choosing the gin. It needs to complement the flavours in the gin, allowing them to shine through and not overpower – the tonic is two thirds of the drink after all,” says Abdul Kpekawa, brand ambassador, Merchant’s Heart.

“A winning combination is pairing a rich and fruity Sipsmith Sloe Gin with a Merchant’s Heart Lemon Tonic. The freshness from the lemon adds a fruity spin to a classic G&T and balances out the sweetness with a zesty taste.

“For those who like the spicier things in life, try enhancing an aromatic spicy gin with our Merchant’s Heart Pink Peppercorn Tonic. The rich bitterness of quinine flows into the soft fruity spice of pink peppercorn, excellent with a gin such as Opihr.”

3. Pimping up your gin with fresh herbs and garnishes

Pic of garnishes for a gin and tonic

The Distillery

“Elevate your gin and tonic to the next level,” says Matthew Coates, drinks creator, GinTonica at The Distillery .

“Fanciful garnishes, flavoured tonics, bitters, tinctures, fresh herbs, juices, jams and even liqueurs take the classic ‘spirit and mixer’ to dizzyingly delicious new heights.

“GinTonica, a dedicated Gin and Tonic bar based at The Distillery, London, serves a delicious menu of embellished Gin and Tonic Pluses. Or make your own at home – there’s a great range of interesting tonics at the supermarket and look in the garden for interesting garnishes such as mint, coriander and basil.”

4. Infusing gin with a spray mist

Pic of Silent Pool Liquid Garnish

Silent Pool Liquid Garnish

To enhance your elixir, Silent Pool have created a flavoured spray – Kaffir Lime Liquid Garnish – which brings a refreshing, crispy zing to your drink.

Each spray covers the surface in a delicate film, which is both ‘intensely flavourful and irresistibly aromatic’, adding an extra dimension to the profile of your martini or G&T.

5. Pre-batched bottled gin cocktails

Pic of The Duchess pre mixed

The Duchess

“There’s a continued trend to pre-make (or ‘batch’ to use the industry term) cocktails ahead of time, putting them in a bottle and sticking it in the fridge until guests arrive,” says Olivier Ward, Co-Founder of Gin Foundry.

“There are now quite a few retailers selling premium, high-quality ‘pre-batched’ offerings too, so you don’t even have to make it yourself. Think bottled negronis, martinis that are ready to go and as tasty as if you were having them in The Savoy itself.

“It’s not just boozy cocktails either. This trend means you are no longer confined to drinking those insipid G&T’s in cans! The Duchess from South Africa are a 0% sugar, 0% ABV Gin &Tonic in a bottle that actually tastes good.”

How do you like your Gin & Tonic?

The following two tabs change content below.

The Press Association

News from the Press Association - the national news agency for the UK and Ireland

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
viking
11th Jun 2018
0
Thanks for voting!
Can the market place support so many different types, flavours and makes ??
Is'nt it funny that Gin has had such an infamous reputation in days gone by, and now has been re-discovered by the smart set !!
Will people living near the distilleries be able to fill their jugs as was done previously ??
TheColeole
8th Jun 2018
1
Thanks for voting!
I like mine neat, with 2 ice cubes and a slice and a twist of lime, but when in season, with redcurrants
SarahJ35
22nd Oct 2017
1
Thanks for voting!
How many is OK after Sunday morning at church?
1 is measly, 2 mm I'm wanting another, 3, absolutely perfect! What do you think?

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!