You know what for years I thought I didn’t like Gin, it turns out it was the tonic I didn’t like! Now my absolute favourite is Rhubarb Gin with Ginger Ale – yum!
World Gin Day is an annual global celebration of all things gin, held on the second Saturday of June, which is today! It’s a day dedicated to appreciating and enjoying the diverse flavors and history of this beloved spirit. Gin enthusiasts, distillers, and bars around the world come together to organise events, tastings, and special promotions to honour this versatile and popular alcoholic beverage.
World Gin Day was founded by Neil Houston, a British blogger and gin aficionado, in 2009, thanks Mr Houston for giving us an excuse to celebrate all things Gin! He created the event as a way to bring people together to share their passion for gin and to promote its enjoyment worldwide. World Gin Day has grown in popularity, becoming an annual highlight for gin lovers globally.
World Gin Day is celebrated in various ways, depending on individual preferences and local events. Here are some common ways people celebrate this special day:
Many distilleries and bars organise gin tastings and offer behind-the-scenes tours to educate and engage gin enthusiasts. You can learn about the production process, botanicals, and unique characteristics of different gin varieties. It’s a great opportunity to explore new flavours, discover small-batch craft gins, and expand your gin knowledge.
Cocktail workshops and mixology classes provide an opportunity to learn how to create delicious gin-based cocktails. Expert mixologists share their knowledge, techniques, and creative recipes, helping participants craft their own signature gin cocktails. It’s a fun and interactive way to enhance your gin-drinking experience and impress your friends with your newfound mixology skills. Cocktail making is always a fun night
Numerous gin festivals and events are organized on World Gin Day, offering an extensive selection of gins from around the world. These festivals often feature live music, entertainment, food stalls, and masterclasses hosted by industry professionals. Attending a gin festival is a fantastic way to explore different gin brands, try unique gin expressions, and engage with fellow gin enthusiasts.
Gin and food pairings have gained popularity, with restaurants and bars curating special menus that complement the flavors of various gins. These pairings showcase the versatility of gin, demonstrating how different botanical profiles can harmonize with different culinary creations. From delicate seafood dishes to bold and spicy cuisines, there’s a gin out there to complement every palate.
You can also celebrate World Gin Day by hosting a gin-themed gathering at home. I love this idea and wish to be honest I’d thought about this earlier. Invite friends and family to enjoy a selection of gins, experiment with different mixers and garnishes. You can create a gin bar with various types of gin, tonics, and botanicals, allowing everyone to mix their preferred gin and tonic combinations.
I am sure there is loads happening locally to you, having had a quick google about what’s on in London there seems to be plenty to keep all the gin lovers happy. Check out some listings here: https://absolutely.london/world-gin-day-celebrate-london/
I’ll be celebrating the day starting with a kids trampolining party – think I’ll deserve a gin or three after that! Then its on to help finish packing up my dads house prior to the move. We have to start going through my mums things, which is going to be hard enough – so maybe gin is the way forward!
I’d actually love to be enjoying a nice Rhubarb Gin & Ginger Ale on a beach somewhere whilst watching the sunset, but there’s always next year right? How’s your day looking, its meant to be sunny so I hope you get the chance to relax in the sun at some point.
Remember to celebrate responsibly and always enjoy gin in moderation – you don’t need me to tell you this of course, enjoy it as much as you like!.