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World Gin Day 2016: Where to Celebrate It

There’s never been a better excuse to enjoy a gin-tastic tipple than World Gin Day. Returning for its eighth year, the celebration is taking place on 11th June 2016. For those of you sybarites with a penchant for the juniper spirit, you’ve come to the right place.

Originally started in 2009 by Neil Houston, AKA YetAnotherGin, as a gathering of friends to enjoy a gin-based drink, the idea has now grown into a worldwide celebration. When blogger Emma Stokes (AKA Gin Monkey) took over in 2013, the idea went from strength to strength.

Now for some interesting gin-based factoids to get you in the ‘spirit’ of things.

  1. The name gin comes from the French genièvre or the Dutch jenever, both of which mean juniper.
  2. Nearly all juniper used in gin is picked wild.  Almost none is cultivated.
  3. The best way to comparing gins by tasting is at room temperature, diluted with an equal measure of water. This reveals both the qualities and flaws.
  4. Gin’s primary flavour is the sweet pine and soft citrus of the juniper berry. All other botanicals are added to highlight nuances of this complex and sophisticated flavour.
  5. There are more classic cocktails made with gin than with any other spirit.

There are many splendid events happening to celebrate World Gin Day, from England to Australia. We’ve put together a few of the best.

Mr. Fogg’s Tavern, London

Described as ‘London’s premiere gin palace’, Mr. Fogg’s  Tavern will host five back-to-back Gin Tasting Safaris, where guests will experience an expert tuition session on gin, botanicals and tonics. Stocking more than 300 of the finest and rarest gins from all over the world, the eclectic Gin Parlour is the ideal place for guests to celebrate England’s most revered spirit.

Details
Saturday 11th June
£40 per person
Mr Fogg’s Tavern | 58 St Martin’s Lane | London | WC2N 4EA

The Ginchester Fête, Winchester

Nestled in the heart of hampshire, gin hounds from the Green Man, Toscanaccio, Chococo, Parsonage Farm, Gorilla Spirits Co., Long Barn, Winchester Distillery and Cabinet Rooms, will all be showcasing their delicious samples.

Details
Saturday 11th June
£10 per person
City Mill Winchester, Bridge Street, Winchester, SO23 9BH

Juniper Festival, Edinburgh

Scotland’s finest gin festival returns this year for the third time, showcasing a range of top quality products from a range of producers. Guests will be able to try over 30 tasty gin samples and listen to talks about the celebrated spirit.

Details
Friday 10th – Sunday 12th June
£21.50 per person
1 Summerhall Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

World Gin Day Degustation Dinner, Canberra

If you happen to be in Australia for World Gin Day, make sure you book tickets to this special event that features a delicious gourmet meal, paired with bespoke cocktails. The host will be showcasing some of Australia’s award-winning craft gins and giving his expert opinions their production and background.

Details
Saturday 11th June
$155.00 per person (group bookings possible)
Pialligo Estate Glasshouse – Pialligo Estate Glasshouse, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo Estate, Australia

 

By Aimee Phillips

 

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