Let The Celebration BeGIN! Happy National Gin Day!
Greetings, fellow gin enthusiasts! It's that time of year when we raise our glasses to celebrate the juniper-infused elixir we all know and adore. World Gin Day is upon us, and what better way to mark this occasion than with a splash of humour and a sprinkle of gin-spiration? So, gather your tonic water, slice up some lemons, and let's dive into a GIN-credible adventure!
1 . The Gin Diehards Are Not Who You Think
Thought the British drank the most gin? Think again. Reportedly taking up around 43% of the global gin market, the Philippines guzzle the most of this clear spirit. There’s even a Tagalog word for a gin-drinking session, “Ginuman.”
2. Gin Was Not for Drinking Neat
Bathtub gin was made for a specific purpose, and that purpose was not to be gentle on the palate. Drinking gin straight during Prohibition was sure to grow some hair on your chest, but it had to be terrible on the throat. To get the firewater down, the spirit was mixed with other ingredients and thus the reason many, many classic cocktails are made with gin.
3. The Classic You've Never Heard Of: The Gin Twist
The next time you need to show off your gin knowledge (that happens, right?), drop this fun fact. In 1923, the Gin Twist was all the rage. Mentioned in multiple novels and periodicals, this drink consisting of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and hot water was the Beyoncé of cocktails—if Beyoncé were even more famous.
4. You Can Make Your Own
Gin is essentially a flavoured vodka, and you can make your own at home. But making your own gin is as simple as taking vodka and infusing it with juniper berries and other spices and botanicals. Just don’t do it in your bathtub, okay?
On this World Gin Day, let's raise a glass to the spirit that brings joy, laughter, and botanical bliss into our lives. May your day be filled with gin-teresting conversations, gin-ius concoctions, and a whole lot of laughter. Remember, life is too short for bad jokes and bad gin, so choose your friends and your gins wisely. Cheers, my gin-loving pals!