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It’s HERE! No excuses needed to imbibe one of our nation’s favorite tipples.
World Gin Day is a global celebration of all things Gin and it falls on the second Saturday in June. The idea is simple: get people together all around the world with a legitimate excuse (not that we need one!) to drink some gin, whether it’s in a cocktail, G&T or neat.
Gin was first imported from the Netherlands in the 1690s and began to rival beer as the most popular drink in England. So popular in fact, that in the first half of the 18th century the consumption of gin increased so rapidly, especially in London, that the period was named ‘The Gin Craze’. There are many stories of people falling to rack and ruin for the love of Gin, women especially, with the well-known moniker, ‘Mother’s Ruin’ (so unfair!)
Then came the Gin Act of 1751, a parliamentary measure intended to crack down on the consumption of spirits. It raised taxes and fees for retailers and made licenses more difficult to come by. So there was much fanfare when in 2008, after several years of lobbying, Sipsmith was granted England’s first official gin distiller’s license since 1820!
Here on the Island we now have our own homegrown Gin produced by the wonderful Isle of Wight Distillery. They make three fabulous Gins, MERMAID GIN, HMS VICTORY NAVY STRENGTH GIN (award winning!) and OAK-AGED HMS VICTORY NAVY STRENGTH GIN. They use 10 different botanicals which include locally foraged rock samphire and elderflower, that are meticulously sourced for quality and carefully blended to create a smooth, fresh and complex flavour profile.
We spoke to the lovely people at Northwood House in Cowes, who know a thing or two about Gin, as in August, they’re hosting The Isle of Wight Gin Festival for the 5th year running. We asked them to recommend a cocktail for your delectation and they came up with a Stormy Sailor!
Mix Isle of Wight Mermaid Gin with Lime Juice and Elderflower Cordial.
Top with zingy Fever-Tree Ginger beer and a shake of Angostura Bitters.
Garnish with Mint leaves and a couple of slices of Lime.
If you like the sound of that, why not pop down to Northwood House lawns in Cowes during the Cowes Week International Sailing Regatta between 9th and 17th August 2019
That is, once you’ve recovered from World Gin Day of course!
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