The nation’s love of gin shows no sign of abating. But how much do you really know about the spirit?
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to try something new, how about getting stuck into Ginuary at all-day bar and restaurants The Refinery in Spinningfields and The Anthologist in St Peter’s Square?
If you don’t know your Hendricks from your Roku, or your Tanqueray from your Blue Bottle, they have provided a handy little guide to help you choose the right tonic for your favourite gin.
There are the classics, such as quintessential London dry gin Sipsmith mixed with Indian tonic and a touch of grapefruit and rosemary, or The Botanist Gin, made with 22 hand foraged local botanicals and paired with Indian tonic and a twist of lemon and mint.
Then there are the floral gins: Silent Pool with effervescent floral, citrus and lavender notes, paired with bitter orange and elderflower tonic and a slice of orange, perhaps; or Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla made with Seville oranges, topped up with bitter orange and elderflower tonic and a wedge of orange.
Fancy something more citrusy? How about Gin Mare paired with grapefruit and rosemary tonic, garnished with grapefruit, rosemary and basil? Or Japanese Roku Gin mixed with pomelo and pink pepper tonic and pink peppercorns for something a bit more unusual?
And for those of you looking for a little moderation in the New Year, why not try a Fatty’s Organic Pink Grapefruit? With plenty of familiar flavours including juniper, pink grapefruit and black pepper, it is only 20% ABV – much lower than a standard gin.
Or if you’re off the booze altogether, or taking part in Dry January, you could try fragrant alcohol-free Seedlip Grove 42 perfectly paired with London Essence Indian tonic and a slice of orange.
And if you’re off the booze but want to try something beyond the usual soft drinks, both The Anthologist and The Refinery are offering selection of alcohol-free wines and beers, a range of delicious Real Kombuchas and a selection of zero-proofs alongside some contemporary interpretations of cocktail classics.
The no-alcohol Nogroni, for example, is a fragrant blend of Aecorn aromatic, Aecorn bitter and Seedlip Spice 94, while the Aecorn spritz consists of Aecorn Dry, Seedlip Grove 42 and tonic.
And if you’re looking to eat too, why not take advantage of their January food offer with two dishes and two drinks for £20.
There are hearty options such as sausage and mash with onion gravy or cottage pie, or if you’re after something lighter there’s grilled salmon with pak choy and a chili and soy glaze, or a vegan butternut squash risotto. Or a crab and crayfish linguini offers a touch of luxury.
Drinks include red or white wine or a beer – with non-alcoholic options, of course.
Whether you’re doing Ginuary or Dry January, The Anthologist and The Refinery have you covered.