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June 12 is a day of Gimlets, martinis and more

11 June, 2021

World Gin Day is the 12th June, so here’s our guide to classic and creative gin cocktails

Somewhere over the past few years, gin has gone through a resurgence. It’s shifted from being the Queen Mum’s tipple of choice to becoming, well, cool.

Maybe it started with Snoop Dogg rapping about gin and juice. Or maybe people remembered just what it was about gin that made it so popular in the first place.

Whatever the reason, gin is definitely having a moment in the spotlight, with dozens of local Australian distilleries, not to mention all the big brand favourites like Bombay Sapphire, Hendricks and Gordons.

And with World Gin Day on 12 June, what better time to venture beyond (always loved and classic for a reason) gin and tonic, and try some of the best gin cocktails around?

Embrace your inner Bond

It’s a classic line in popular culture. “Shaken, not stirred,” says agent 007, James Bond when ordering his martini. The shaken versus stirred debate is controversial, but what’s not controversial is the timeless nature of a martini. Whether you like it dry, sweet, dirty, a Vesper or any of the other variations, a martini is a classic choice.

A traditional dry martini is just gin and dry white vermouth, served very chilled. Experiment with vermouth rosso for a sweet martini, add olives and brine for a dirty martini, and so many other variations depending on your tastes and preferences.

Gin and (lime) juice

Looking for something to really wake up your taste buds? A gimlet, made simply with gin and freshly squeezed lime juice shaken with ice to chill then strained is a zesty option to start your evening.

If you’re a bit more of a sweet tooth, you can use lime cordial, a lime syrup, or a combination of lime juice and simple syrup to take the edge off!

Get your bitter fix

Stunningly simple to make but packing one hell of a flavour punch is the bittersweet Italian classic, the Negroni. Combining gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, it’s a great way to cleanse the palate before a meal. Serve your Negroni in a tumbler with plenty of ice, and if you need to dial it down a bit, you can add some soda water or a perhaps an Italian-inspired blood orange soda to take the edge off. 

Perfect for pairing with a lazy weekend antipasto plate!

Gin plus fizz

Love gin? Yes. Love champagne? Um, who doesn’t? Then a French 75 blending gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and champagne might be just the tipple you’re looking for. It’s easy to make and can either be made in individual glasses, or mix up a bowl as punch for a party.

Contemporary classics in waiting

Of course, every cocktail bartender worth their salt will have their own creations, ready and waiting for you to try. The great thing about gin is the range of botanicals in different brands, that can be accentuated and complimented by a huge range of other spirits and mixers. 

So pull up a seat at your favourite bar and see what you new favourite gin cocktail you haven’t yet discovered might be!

Do you have a favourite gin cocktail?

Do you have a go-to gin cocktail? Or a preferred brand of gin that’s right for all occasions? If you’re needing to stock your bar cart, remember that BWS on the station level of Chatswood Interchange has a great range with weekly specials.

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