Scrap any plans you have this weekend, and do the right thing...get to the nearest bar to celebrate World Gin Day! Although we’d quite happily celebrate this every day, we pulled together some of the best events that are taking place in and around the capital...perfect for getting people in the spirit! Check them out…
A Gin Treasure Hunt
Jasmine Gin brand, Willem Barentsz, are holding a treasure hunt which takes Gin lovers on a tour of some of London’s best cocktail bars - with a chance to sample a selection of Barentsz inspired cocktails. There’s four bars taking part in it, with guests having to search for a map to compete for the prize - which is a trip anywhere in the world. London, anyone?
Pop-up Gin and Tonic Ice cream bar
This Summer, Shoreditch’s Hoxton Hotel is opening a pop- up gin and tonic ice cream bar to celebrate the occasion - and let’s be honest, we can’t think of anything better than boozy ice cream on a hot day! During the event which will be running from the 9th - 11th June, they’ll be serving gin cocktails for £5 with a free G&T ice cream. Perfect.
Beefeater Gin to Hot speakeasy party
If you’re in London, head to one of the coolest Gin events that we’ve ever heard of - a speakeasy party in Beefeater Gins distillery. There will be a selection of performances from singers, songwriters and magicians which will be there for when it turns into a hidden speakeasy. Guests who attend will enjoy a selection of cocktails for the event, and will receive a tour of the distillery.
How will you be celebrating World Gin Day this Saturday?
Last week saw a sigh of relief across the country; the gin crisis has been averted! Back way back in October 2015, experts had warned that the main ingredient in gin, Juniper Berry, was being threatened by a deadly fungus known as Phytophthora Austrocedrae up in Scotland (where the majority of UK gin is made). Across the country, people expressed their concern of what might happen to their favourite tipple. Without the berry, gin would no longer exist...
However, our saviours came in the form of a group of gardeners who work for the UK National Tree Seed Project. They realised what was happening and decided to collect all the juniper seeds from around the country to ensure they were protected away from the lethal fungus and stored them safely away in the Millennium Seed Bank in Sussex - phew!
Although we know that storing them away will not prevent the disease in some of the areas they grow in, there are plenty being conserved for as long as possible, and keeping the chances of catching it at a minimal level.
Today, gin remains of the one the country's most loved drinks and is set to take over the leading tipple - Scotch Whisky - by 2020. Over the past couple of years, it's become extremely fashionable especially among the younger generation! So much so, there's been an increase of gin parlours across the country - and even a real life gin school that's been established over in Ireland.
We are just really glad to hear the news that our favourite beverage is safe for now. We might just go and celebrate with a gin and tonic...
Let us know your thoughts on the gin crisis over at @gbhospitality! X
Gin is one of our favourite spirits here at GB Hospitality. We love it in cocktail form or topped with cold lemonade and plenty of ice. Although we tend to drink it quite a lot(!), we never really know exactly where and when it had originated from and how it’s been drank throughout the years, que this blog post!! T urns out it has quite an interesting history, one that we had to share with you.
It was created in Holland
Although Gin is one of the UK’s most popular drinks, it actually originated from Holland way back in the 17th Century - despite some arguing it came from Italy centuries before. What’s most surprising is that it started out as a medicine being sold across pharmacies to help with stomach pains. It was often mixed with Jenever to make it a little more bearable and Dutch soldiers would drink it before heading into battle, hence where the phrase ‘Dutch Courage’ comes from. The English soldiers saw this and began drinking it too! Soon enough it was brought back to the UK, distilled and enjoyed by many - especially the poor because it was so cheap. And it took 150 years to make it into the drink we all know and love today.
When Gin first arrived in the U.K. in the 17th Century...
There were 10 million gallons of it being made a year, and it quickly became one of the most popular choices of drinks- as other alcohol including wine and beer were just too expensive for ordinary people to afford. However, when the government realised just how much was being consumed, they decided to put a tax on it as birth rates were going up much more quickly than death rates!! This sent everyone into panic with many people seeking it from the 'Black Market' for a very reduced rate. In 1736, The Gin Act was put in place to make sure anyone selling would take out a licence for £50 (although this didn’t work)! However things did calm down when the beer bill was lifted, meaning everyone could enjoy a drink. Phew!
Although it was a much more popular drink in the good old days, it's still a very common choice today.
If you’re looking for the perfect gin cocktail recipe, discover our guide here!
As you may know already, here at team GB Hospitality we are very fond of Gin. And with it still being Ginuary, we thought we’d share with you are top pick of Gin parlours from across the UK. Whether you’re looking for a traditional, old-fashioned bar or the hottest place to hit the city, we are sure you'll find something you like.
Fogg’s Gin Parlour, London
In the heart of Covent Garden, you’ll find one of London’s most unique Gin bars around, Fogg’s Gin Parlour. For those who are keen to step back in time, then this is a must! Guests are greeted by its ‘front of house’ suitably theme in a tweed waistcoat and moustache who leads them through into the themed bar, which offers up to 300 different types of Gin. They have an endless cocktail menu, with the bar staff on hand to offer advice on trying something new. Throughout the week, they offer a range of offers from G&T Saturdays, Gin Safari and Cream Cakes and Cocktails. As you can imagine, this place gets full quickly so we’d recommend making a reservation!
Find it here: 1 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4EA
Atlas Bar, Manchester
For those looking for a more modern edge parlour, then head to Manchester’s Atlas Bar. Here, you can sample 300 different types of Gin while taking in some of the stunning views from the city. As part of their new year’s resolution, they’ve promised to introduce a new gin each week to their menu (we can hear Gin lovers rejoicing around the world)! As it’s so popular, they’ve now set up a store, The Gin Bible, where you can find out more about your drinks, the latest recipes and buy your favourite drink online. Amazing!
Find it here: 376 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LY
The Jekyll And Hyde Gin Parlour, Birmingham
Step back into the Victorian Era in Birmingham's finest Gin Parlour. Visitors wanting to relax in the parlour must take the staircase where they’ll be escorted back in time. Here you’ll find a selection of 90 gins from across the world. It’s split into two parts (obviously) with one being Mr Hyde’s Main Bar and Dr. Jeryll's Gin Parlour. They offer freshly made food here - all with a cool vintage menu.
Find it here: 28 Steelhouse Ln, City Centre, Birmingham, B4 6BJ
What’s your favourite gin parlour? Tweet us over at GB Hospitality and let us know! x