10 September 2017

You Are The Gin To My Tonic....

Gin O'Clock

How many times have you heard this saying in the last couple of years? Gin & Tonic seems to have rocketed in popularity recently and it's proving to be a bit of a 'thing', but are you really making the most of your gin and tonic??! 

I've been drinking this 'classic' for years (showing my age now!!!) and whilst my friends were all ordering bottles of WKD Blue in bars and clubs I was ordering a Gordon's and Slimline tonic with a slice of lemon in an effort to cut calories. Sad but true...but this was my first introduction to this predominately Juniper flavoured spirit!

Gin has come a long way since and although some folk still drink what we shall now to refer to as a 'basic' G&T (at the risk of sounding like an pretentious snob here! haha) there are so many more wonderful ways to enjoy gin!





When I was invited to the 'Gin Masterclass' at The Chapel 1877 in Cardiff  it took me all of about 3 seconds to confirm my attendance!

"Let's also not forget how Instagram-friendly a well made gin and tonic actually is..."


Although I do enjoy a Tanqueray or a Hendricks, that's about as far as my gin knowledge goes and I was genuinely excited to find out about a lot more about the different gins available and ways of serving them.  Let's also not forget how Instagram-friendly a well made gin and tonic actually is so tips for recreating my own at home was also another reason to attend! haha! 





After learning a little about the history of gin and also the reason why it was originally (and still is) served with tonic we then set about trying 6 different gins with several different flavours of tonic and adding our own selection of fruit and herb garnishes to enhance the existing flavours of each gin. 

Garnishes included (and you can try these at home!) raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, sage, rosemary, thyme, mint, coriander, ginger and then the more popular lemon and lime. 

"Learning how to compliment the notes of the different gins with garnishes was really interesting"

I'm not going to lie, I don't think I've had this much fun since arts and crafts at school!!! Learning how to compliment the notes of the the different gins with garnishes was really interesting and I created some sensational combinations! 





'There is no right or wrong way to enjoy Gin, everyone has different tastes after all....'


I thoroughly enjoyed this whole experience, it really opened my eyes to the way a good old 'G&T' can be enjoyed to be something far more tasty and personal. 

It's encouraged me to move away from my usual gin choice and to experiment with different gins and also to not be afraid to ask the bartender for different types of garnishes to enhance my drink.  

There is no right or wrong way to enjoy Gin, everyone has different tastes after all so get experimenting (and let me know if you try any great new gins or garnish combinations!) One of my favourites was the Nordes Atlantic Galician Gin (photographed above) 




If you're wanting to try some different types of gin I'd recommend visiting The Chapel  in Cardiff who will happily suggest a gin to try and recommend some great garnishes to go with your gin. 

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Chin Chin! 


 
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