Gin revival

Is it just me or is gin everywhere at the moment? Whether it’s in a quirky cocktail in a bar, a classic G & T before dinner, or matched to a tasting menu in a pop-up restaurant, it seems the ‘Gin Craze’ of the 18th century is experiencing a comeback and I for one am not complaining!

Recently I visited the Sipsmith 100 Martini bar set in Kettner’s, Soho. Brain-child of Drinks Historian and Master Distiller Jared, this 100-strong cocktail menu has something to charm both the Martini connoisseur and the gin fanatic. I enjoyed the Lone Tree Martini last Friday evening – a blend of the juniper-heavy, 57.7% V.J.O.P. (short for ‘Very Junipery Over Proof’) Sipsmith gin, salty and sweet Vermouth, and cheek-sucking orange bitters, this was the perfect tonic to a long week!

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If you fancy mixing your own cocktails at home, here are three of my favourite gins…

Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin, £9.70 for 70cl, Aldi – an absolute bargain, this gin is clear, crisp and delicious. Enjoy shaken with a measure of Vermouth and a couple of olives.

Elephant Gin, £29.45 for 50cl, The Whisky Exchange – distinctive and enticing, this gin is made using 14 botanicals and the company behind it contributes 15% of all profits to support African elephant foundations. Mix with Fever Tree tonic and a slice of orange for the perfect aperitif.

Sipsmith Sloe Gin, £23.35 for 50cl, Ocado – smooth and velvety, this gin is bursting with flavours of redcurrant and cherries. As the evenings get longer, enjoy mixed with a splash of soda water and some ice.

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