Did you know that Britain is now the biggest exporter of gin in the world? Not surprising when dedicated gin bars are popping up all around the country. Once the reserve of the debauched Victorian mother or great aunt Dotty’s afternoon tipple, gin has become the drink of choice for many a hip young thing.
Gin experienced it’s first big boom in the 18th century and was blamed for causing an epidemic of drunkeness and debauchery …how fabulous! But that aside ‘mother’s ruin’ has successfully shaken off the title and has undergone a makeover and come out the other side. No longer the scourge of 18th century society, it’s now cool, hip and goes down a treat at social gatherings. But why so popular? Is it because it’s a quintessentially British tipple or that it’s got this dark, debauched past…who cares…..hurray for gin!
The juniper-based liquor is proving very popular when it comes to wedding receptions. Those lovely folk at Jam and Tea can cater for this with their customised pop-up ‘pimp-my-gin’ bar. Owner, Maryanne says ‘Clients and guests ADORE our ‘pimp’ Bars. Gin being the top pick! We set up and style the Bar with lots of lovely rustic style props including our light up ‘Pimp My Gin’ sign. Guests are then able to help themselves to a shot of Gin with optional tonic, ice and fresh garnishes such as: Mint, basil, rosemary, thyme, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, black peppercorns, ginger, cucumber, strawberries and blueberries ~ pick your favourite combinations!’
I need to get onboard with this gin lark, but having experienced a few messy run-ins involving gin and Doctor Martin boots in my youth, I’ve not dabbled until now. I feel I’m missing out somewhat. I feel it’s time, so someone pass me a glass of your finest Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Bathtub Gin! Down the hatch!