Bars plan tastings, events and menus for World Gin Day


World Gin Day 2015

Bars, restaurants and pubs across the UK are set to run tastings, events and special menus to celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday, June 13.

Now in its sixth year, the annual celebration has been embraced by the trade, distillers and gin lovers around the world. Here is a small selection of the huge variety of events in the UK on Saturday.

A gin party will be held as part of a Very British Afternoon Tea Party at Purple Turtle in Reading alongside a traditional Punch and Judy show, a cribbage tournament, a “queuing competition”, a “Shakespeare slagging match”, live music and a pop-up pie and mash shop.

Winchester Distillery will run a tasting of different styles of gin at the Green Man pub in Winchester, Hampshire, in association with local bloggers and cocktail fans including Cabinet Rooms. As well as learning about gin, guests can enjoy Twisted Nose Gin with Fever-Tree Tonic. There are two two-hour sessions at 5pm and 8pm.

The Four Thieves in Battersea, south London, have been creating their own flavours of gin using herbs from their “Gin Yard”. Order one at the bar and pay the same price as their house gin and tonic. With over 70 types of gin available and eight different tonics, there are over 560 potential combinations to try.

The Jam Tree in Clapham, south London, will be showcasing London’s best gins and inviting guests to experiment with “Build Your Own Gin & Tonic”. Guests can also enjoy mini croquet in the beer garden, with DJs playing throughout the evening.

Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy will champion Spanish gins with a new list being introduced on Saturday at his tapas bar, Tapas Revolution, in Shoreditch, east London. It features five Spanish “gin tonics”, as it is known in Spanish, all served in a large balloon glass in the Spanish style. They will include Gin Mare, which will be served with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic, basil and rosemary, and Ginabelle Plum Gin, infused with red berry tea and mixed with Fever-Tree Tonic. Other gins include Larios 12, Nordes Gin, and Xoriguer Gin from Menorca which will be served with Fever-Tree lemonade to make the Menorcan drink, a Pomada.

To celebrate World Gin Day, The Earl of March gastropub in Chichester, West Sussex, is offering any double gin and mixer for £5 and jugs of Chilgrove Gin cocktails for £15. They will also have gin-spiked snacks including juniper and chilli-infused olives and O’Hagan’s Chilgrove & Pork sausages. The menu also runs on Sunday.

At Manhattan34 in Leicester, a consumer gin tasting session will take place at 7pm, ticketed at £20 per person.

In Baldock in Hertfordshire, The Engine is introducing a special menu of gin-based cocktails for the day, including a Tom Collins, Hendrick’s Mojitos, the OMG&T and the Gordon’s Ruby Cooler. As well as offering double-up deals on Gordon’s and Hendrick’s all day, they are giving customers have a chance to create their own cocktail behind their bar.

At Portside in Camden, north London, Martin Miller’s Gin will be taking residence, hosted by its east London brand ambassador Robyn Wilkie. It will include gin and tonics and Boilermakers.

The Rose Pub & Kitchen in New Cross, south-east London, will be bringing together some of London’s best gins for a classic English tea party through The Gin Social.

At Voltaire Bar at the Crowne Plaza The City hotel at Blackfriars, World Gin Day will be marked by two-for-one offers on gin and tonics with grape-based G’Vine Gin.

World Gin Day has also reached Speyside, the home of scotch. The Muckrach Country House Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey is running a Hendrick’s Gin Afternoon Tea on Saturday.

A special World Gin Day canal trip is planned by Shake, Rattle & Stir as part of its Gin Voyage programme. On the Disco Volante on the Regent Canal, people can distil their own gin to take away as well as sip cocktails as they sail along.

Toast World Gin Day with some of the world’s finest gins at St George’s Hall in Liverpool. It is organised by Liverpool Gin which will reveal two new flavoured versions as well as serve up gin and tonics and cocktails. They will donate 10% of ticket proceeds to Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to buy malaria nets for African communities.

World Gin Day also ties in with the Scottish Juniper Festival which opens on Friday, June 12, and runs until Sunday June 14. It features many gins from Scotland and further afield plus tastings and master classes, taking place at Summerhall in Edinburgh, home to Pickering’s Gin. Click here for more details.

Over 24 different gins will feature at the Junipalooza festival in London on Saturday and Sunday alongside master classes and cocktails. Already sold out, it is organised by Gin Foundry. Click here for more details.

World Gin Day was launched in 2009 by gin fan and blogger Neil Houston and is now run by Emma Stokes, aka Gin Monkey.

For more details, visit the World Gin Day website at www.worldginday.com.

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