Winter is over, and while we love whiskey as much as the next guy, you need to store your favorite whiskey drinks in the same place as your chunky sweaters. When the temperature rises, your drink choices need to reflect that. Gin is the perfect summer spirit, and we’re here to offer up a few more ways to enjoy it than simply adding some tonic and a lime to the glass.
Here are 5 facts about gin everyone needs to know for patio season.
1. There are more classic cocktails made with gin than any other spirit.
Do the Negroni or the Gin & Tonic ring a bell? Surely you remember singing about Gin & Juice in the 90’s. Here are some variations:
1.5 oz. Boodles Gin
.75 oz. Sweet Vermouth
.75 oz. Campari
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
2 oz Soda Water
Combine all ingredients, except for soda water, in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and add soda water. Garnish with small pinch of sea salt and a long grapefruit peel.
Boodles on Ice
1 oz. Boodles Gin
2 oz. Tonic Water
Add shaved ice in a highball glass. Pour gin, tonic and stir. Slap a peppermint leaf to release the aromas, add to the glass and serve.
Gin & Gomme
.75 oz Pineapple Juice
.5 oz Mango Puree (blended chopped mango)
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2. Gin is England’s national spirit.
A majority of the most popular gins in the world hail from England. Boodles Gin is an example of one quintessential, proper gins out there. Distilled from English wheat, infused with botanicals (sage, rosemary and nutmeg – no citrus), distilled in a rare Carter Head still in Cheshire, bottled in Essex and packaged in Scottish glass with labels from Wales
3. It’s meant to be mixed.
Tequila and vodka can be served as shots and whiskey can be consumed neat or on ice, but gin’s flavor profile means it is meant to be mixed in cocktails, providing the balance that is so popularly found in classic recipes.
4. Martini = Gin. Not vodka.
A classic martini was designed to be made with gin, but with the growing popularity of James Bond coupled with the rise of the 3-martini lunch pushing vodka on patrons, gin fell out of favor.
5. Gin is essentially flavored vodka.
Gin is typically made by distilling botanicals with neutral grain alcohol – essentially vodka.