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Dry January v Dry Ginuary

9th January, 2017

It’s that time of year again.

Time to hit the gym, stay away from those takeaways and participate in “Dry January”, and entire month abstaining from a single drop of alcohol, part of the “New Year, New me” façade. Alternatively, you may have participated in the growing annual trend of Ginuary, a whole month dedicated to the tastes, smells and pleasures of gin, which when we last we checked, was far more our kind of thing!

Both have their upsides. We suppose.

For the dry folk, you may have heard stories of people who lost 1-inch from his waste, 1 stone in weight and noticed that his skin-tone increased. Or tales from this Telegraph journalist who noticed that the lack of alcohol had made him more productive over the month when asking himself if Dry January was “really worth all the misery”.

On the other hand, take a look at the twitter feed, #Ginuary and you’ll see comments such as “The year ahead looks good!”, others asking “why hit the gym when you can hit the gin?” and gin fans anxiously watching the level of liquid in their bottles move ever downward asking the #Ginuary community for recommendations for new gins. Gin drinkers here seem pretty happy.

So we thought we would recommend some of our absolute favourites to get you started…

And sticking with the “Dry” theme, we thought we’d share some great London “Dry” style gins you may not have tried.

 

beefeater24-photoBeefeater24

Beefeater24 is one of our most sold gins, and we love it that much we use it as our chosen pour. A light bulb moment when travelling in Japan inspired Desmond Payne, their Master Distiller, to realise tea’s potential as a botanical. In Japan, quinine was strictly banned from the production of tonics resulting in a far sweeter mixer for the traditional G&T. To quench his thirst, Desmond chose to mix Beefeater gin with chilled green tea, as an alternative to the sweet local tonics. The resulting gin and tea combination was remarkable and inspired Desmond to spend the next 18 months trialing and experimenting with different teas and botanical blends crafting Beefeater24 to how we know it today. Made in the heart of London from 12 hand-selected botanicals including Japanese Sencha and Chinese Green teas, Beefeater 24 is his contribution to the Beefeater legacy: a sophisticated and modern interpretation to inspire top mixologists around the world to create contemporary cocktails.

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elephant-photoElephant

Elephant Gin is an award-winning premium gin made with rare African botanicals. While its story started in South Africa, Elephant Gin is handmade in Germany with a focus on highest quality production standards. The idea for an African-inspired gin evolved while reminiscing about the so-called ‘sundowner’ drinks after a day out in the South African bush. These sunset cocktails are a big tradition in South Africa – and more often than not, they consist of a G&T. The idea was backed by a mutual love of exotic African botanicals and a realisation that these would make interesting additions to a premium gin, alongside more traditional botanicals such as juniper and orange peel. The taste is complex but strikingly smooth, encompassing floral, fruity and spicy flavours which can be enjoyed both straight and in a cocktail, perfect for a G&T!

Gin and Elephants. As combinations go, it’s not an obvious one. But since 2013, Elephant Gin has been giving back 15% of their proceeds to 2 African Elephant foundations to support the preservation of the African wildlife and help ensure that future generations will also be able to explore these magnificent landscapes. So it’s a win/win, we get this wonderful gin and they help save it’s inspiration.

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opihr-photoOpihr: pronounced ‘o-peer’

Opihr is a legendary region famed for its wealth and riches which prospered during the reign of King Solomon. The King regularly received cargoes of gold, silver and spices from Opihr and whilst its exact location remains a mystery, it is thought to have been in the Orient along the ancient Spice Route. Traditionally merchants would travel thousands of miles along the route, trading exotic spices and botanicals from distant lands. It’s crafted with a selection of exotic hand-picked botanicals, carefully chosen by their Master Distiller, including spicy Cubeb berries from Indonesia, Black Pepper from India and Coriander from Morocco. The botanicals in Opihr make the journey to their final destination, the oldest distillery in England, where quality gin has been traditionally distilled, using the same London Dry Gin method, since 1761. Here the botanicals are married with fine English spirit to produce an exotic oriental spiced gin.

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin has bursts of Citrus balanced with the rich, earthy aromas and a soft spice. It epitomises the exotic intensity of the Orient, awakening the senses to a new style of gin… beautiful.

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Now, for those of you with such strong self control, we have a treat to make Dry January even easier… THE WORLD’S FIRST NON-ALCOHOLIC GIN SPIRIT

seedlip-photoSeedlip

Ben Branson, a farmer and drinks expert, has invented the first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, called Seedlip, which is being adopted by many of the UK’s top bartenders and clamoured for by some of the bars around the world. Seedlip (the name comes from the basket used to sow seed) is a clear liquid with each botanical separately distilled. It is a blend of American oak, Guatemalan cardamom, Jamaican allspice, Bahamian cascarilla bark (used in vermouth), Turkish grapefruit and lemon peel. While it may sound like gin, there is no juniper or alcohol. The flavour profile of Seedlip is said to have strong clove and citrus top notes leading to a long finish. This alternative to alcohol has 0.2 calories per recommended 50ml serve, is sugar free, sweetener free, artificial colour and flavour free. If you think we’re convincing you to forego alcohol, that’s not the point. Many of us have been in social or work situations where we can’t drink. We could be the designated driver, taking some medication, having an alcohol-free night, or simply giving the liver a rest from a massive workout. The alternative until now is usually a sweet, fruity or sugar-laden drink or a simply a glass of water, but now, you can ‘drink’ all night long.

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If we’ve convinced you enough to start Dry #Ginuary find our full spirit menu here, or pop in and say Hi! We would love to help you on your quest.

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