Maybe you are already an experience gin drinker, or maybe you just started and want to know the ins & outs on gin serving for your next party. Either way, it’s good to give this article a short read. In the Hight of the gin craziness, there is a lot happening that confuses people when it comes to drinking gin.
So, you want to serve and drink a proper gin. What to do?
- Get the right glass
Gin and red wine are much the same. They both need space in the glass so you can smell the aroma to enhance the flavour. The best glass for gin: the big balloon glasses.
But if you don’t have any space in your cupboard, or no budget to buy an extra pair of glasses, just use red wine glasses or big tumblers. The most important part is that you can smell the aroma and have enough space for a good amount of ice to keep your drink cool.
Talking about ice…
- Don’t believe the ice myth
It’s very important that your gin cocktail stays cold. But one of the most misunderstood myths is that if you put too much ice in the glass, you’ll dilute the drink. A lot of people just put 1 or 2 ice cubes in the drink. Our advice: don’t do that! The more ice you put in the glass, the colder the drink stays so no dilution! (or at least, less). If you only put a couple of ice cubes in there, your drink is definitely getting diluted and that would be too bad.
- Be creative: there are more possibilities then lemons and limes
The basic fruit to put in a Gin mixer is a lemon or a lime. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But you can make it a lot more interesting. Making raspberry gins? Put a couple of crushed mint leaves in there. Making a Gin with ginger beer? Try to mix it up with blood orange juice and finish the beautifully coloured cocktail with a slice of blood orange. Of course, you don’t have to immediately ditch the lemons and limes, just know that there are loads of other options you can use to spice up your cocktail.
- Know what you want
The gin aficionado will know about this: there are a lot, A LOT of options to choose from if you want to drink gin. You can go for a mixer like a Gin & Tonic or for a cocktail like a martini. But it doesn’t stop there. When you order gin at a bar, the bartender will ask you “What type of gin?” And then the real decision-making starts. Gordon’s , Bombay Sapphire, Edinburgh Gin, Darnley’s, Tanquary et cetera, et cetera..
It is amazing to have this many options, but it can be a pain in the ass for you as a customer/party organiser and for the bartender. So, it’s good to know what you want and what you like.
- Just enjoy
Even though drinking a good gin comes with some tips and rules, just enjoy this delicious drink! The versatility of Gin and his many options can be a bit daunting, but it’s also a good excuse to experiment and to find out what you like.
Talking about having fun… have you seen that the Big Big Gin Festival is coming upon us? Be quick and buy your tickets now! There is no better way to experiment and find out what your favourite gin cocktail is then during this event where a lot of different distilleries will tell you everything about gin.