Venues across the UK will be celebrating World Gin Day on Saturday 8 June with brand collaborations, activations and creative gin serves.
An array of bars across the capital are taking part in this year’s World Gin Day Festival, a five-day event organised with DrinkUpLondon. Venues will be serving up bespoke £6 gin cocktails for those with a festival pass.
108 Bar in Marylebone will be celebrating World Gin Day and the World Gin Festival with a new cocktail called White Daisy. Created using its very own bespoke 108 Gin which is distilled in-house, the sophisticated tipple combines Cointreau, lemon juice, sugar syrup and chamomile foam.
The bar’s special gin still, affectionately known as “Isabella”, which is on display, allows guests the exclusive opportunity to observe the distillation process from botanicals to beverage. 108 Bar will be honouring its gin still by offering guests named Isabella a complimentary cocktail for the duration of World Gin Day on Saturday 8.
The Coral Room in Bloomsbury will also be taking part in the 2019 World Gin Festival, showcasing one of its signature cocktails, Rose Blossom, a combination of Tanqueray, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, orange bitters, elderflower Cordial, English sparkling wine.
Knight’s Bar, tucked away upstairs at Simpson’s in the Strand, has partnered with Whitley Neill to devise a menu of special cocktails for World Gin Day. Examples include the High Ball, made with Whitley Neill gin peach, gentian and ginger ale, and the Martinez, a “balanced and complex” tipple of Whitley Neill gin, cherry liquor, wine blend and bitters.
Bombay Sapphire is also getting in on the action, collaborating with various venues across the country to celebrate creativity and all things gin. Consumers are invited to join the “ultimate gin journey” with the six, explorative Mr Fogg’s London bars. Adventurers will follow a gin map from venue to venue, sampling a selection of gin cocktails made with either Bombay Sapphire or the new Bombay Sapphire Limited Edition: English Estate gin, and are encouraged to get creative by adding their own personal final garnishes. Other events will include Tuk Tuk tours in Manchester and Edinburgh and collaborations with London Cocktail Club, Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen, Dean Street Townhouse and Wright Brothers.
The Baptist Bar at L’Oscar Hotel will be running a pop-up cocktail menu from 5 to 8 June. The menu will revolve around five classic cocktails – some world-famous, others lesser-known gems – with origins in five disparate countries: England, Italy, Germany, the USA and Japan. Each recipe will involve a twist on the classic version and will include a gin produced in the country where the cocktail was originally crafted. Basil Smash, for instance, is a take on the German cocktail invented by by Jörg Meyer of the Lion in Hamburg in 2008. The Baptist’s twist is based on Monkey 47 gin, yoghurt, Aquafaba, lemon, basil mix and soda.
Alongside the cocktail offering, a summery gin-based dessert will also be on the menu in The Baptist Grill above the bar, consisting of Strawberry & Gin Jelly with White Chocolate Cremeux and Basil Ice Cream.
To mark the most treasured day in the gin calendar, Gin Mare is offering Britain’s drinkers a plethora of gin-based activities, including a bottomless gin brunch at Shoreditch’s Bull in a China Shop. The brunch will run between 12pm and 5pm on June 8, with two-hour slots for unlimited drinks. Londoners will be able to choose between a Gin Mare Red Snapper, Silent Pool Lavender Bees Knees, Colonel Fox G&T or a KI NO BI Collins to wash down a selection of brunch dishes, from Waffles for Grown Ups served with bacon and caramelised boozy bananas to a Beef Fillet Club with Caramelised Onions.
To continue the World Gin Day celebrations, Graphic Bar in Soho’s Golden Square has partnered with Plymouth Gin to create a Floral Fizz cocktail, available to guests on June 8. The specially developed serve enhances the citrus flavour of Plymouth Gin, combining it with fresh lime juice, sweetened with elderflower cordial and topped off with soda to create a refreshing summer spritz to be enjoyed in the sunshine.
Islay gin The Botanist has teamed up with a number of prestigious London bars to create special serves to celebrate World Gin Day. The brand has partnered with Boisdale of Belgravia, Opium, The Blind Pig, The Shrub and Shutter, The Little Yellow Door, Le Pont de la Tour and Jin Bo Law Skybar to create foraged gin-based cocktails. A gin map is available to guide Londoners on their favourite establishment.
At The Little Yellow Door, guests can try The Hangover, a quirky breakfast cocktail made with The Botanist Gin, elderflower, egg white, and chlorophyll, served in a coupette with mint and chlorophyll perfume, while The Blind Pig has used The Botanist Bee Pollen Gin to provide the foundation for the Queen Bee libation, mixed with mead, honey liqueur, ‘New Forest’ syrup, cream, citrus and egg white.