The Most Gin-Interesting Day of the Year!
Like we need an excuse to crack open a tasty bottle of gin, this April 9th is National Gin & Tonic Day and at the Irish Drink Shop we’re full of g-inspiration!
Ok, we’ll stop with the bad puns…but the word ‘gin’ derives from the Dutch word ‘jenever’ which translates to juniper or rather a juniper based liquor. The Gin and Tonic began in 1825 when British Army officers stationed in India began blending quinine with sugar, water, and gin as a means of staving off malaria. Little did they know they’d accidentally created this iconic cocktail!
Since then, gin has had many a high and low but in recent years the love for the Gin and Tonic has grown tremendously! Whilst there are numerous different iterations, from adventurous takes to renowned classics, be sure to read up on some of our favourite gins and their perfect serves below! Cheers!
The award-winning gin from the Dingle Distillery in Co.Kerry. Made in the likeness of the classic London Dry Gin, but with a unique twist by distilling in pot stills with a range of local botanicals including Rowan Berry, Fuchsia, Bog Myrtle, Heather, Chervil and Hawthorn.
Serving recommendation: We recommend using Dingle Gin to create a firm favourite of ours: Dingle Gin with Premium Tonic, a Wedge of Pink Grapefruit, Basil Leaf and lots of ice.
ABV: 42.5% | €37.00
Country Winner for Best Contemporary Gin at World Gin Awards 2021! An artisan small-batch Irish Gin from Echlinville Distillery, Co Down. The entire process takes place on the Echlinville Estate, making this gin a single estate release. This is delicately infused with a carefully selected collection of botanicals including gorse flower petals and sweet kelp seaweed. As a result, you can expect crisp zesty notes as well as floral and lavender aromas, supported by flavours of anise, juniper and coriander.
Echlinville Gin is the only lrish gin to have been awarded the coveted Three Star rating at the Great Taste Awards. Describing Echlinville Gin as ‘exceptional’, ‘quite stunning’ and ‘truly outstanding’, the judging panel stated, 'In a world filling with gins, this one stands out.”
Serving suggestion: Try this neat or enjoy with elderflower tonic, a slice of lemon and some mint.
ABV: 46% | €47.95
A much-loved Irish gin from Method & Madness—a micro-distillery from the well-known Midleton Distillery! This makes use of sixteen different botanicals including black lemon and Irish gorse to create a harmoniously balanced gin that is micro-distilled in the oldest pot still in Ireland. Expect distinctive herbal and citrus notes!
Serving suggestion: Be sure to try your hand at making their G&T known as ‘A Measure of Madness’! Pour 35.5ml of Method and Madness Gin over block ice. Top with 120ml of tonic water and then stir.
ABV: 43% | €50.00
Country Winner for Flavoured Gin at the World Gin Awards 2021! A rose gin from the Glendalough Distillery in Co. Wicklow that has been created using different rose petals, including Wild Rose, Heritage Rose and Damask Rose.
Serving suggestion: We recommend serving up this small batch gin with premium tonic, a wedge of lime and some fresh mint leaves.
ABV: 37.5% | €37.00
Distilled on the family farm at Ballindoney, Grange, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary by Jennifer Nickerson, Manager of Tipperary Boutique Distillery. Every batch of Tipperary gin is unique and handcrafted with love in the boutique stillhouse. A very citrus forward, sweet and heady, gin with strong juniper notes. Perfect to celebrate spring. It uses an unusually high volume of botanicals which, combined with a lack of chill filtration, causes a beautiful pearlescent cloud to appear when ice or tonic is added.
Serving suggestion: Make the perfect G&T with Tipperary Boutique Distillery Gin, a tall glass of ice, premium tonic water, and a curl of orange peel or a slice of grapefruit.
ABV: 40% | €35.00
Crafted by the wild Atlantic sea, An Dulaman is a unique gin that captures the coast of Donegal. The Santa Ana edition is aged in Rioja barrels and bottled at traditional Armada (Navy) Strength of 57% to commemorate the loss of the Duquesa Santa Anna off Loughros Mor in 1588.
Serving suggestion: Enjoyed neat or over ice as a beautifully complex sipping gin. Pair with a premium tonic for an upgraded G&T, or with a simple dash of soda water over ice to relish the gin without any added flavours.
ABV: 57% | €55.00
Joining the herd at Ballyvolane House in Co. Cork, is the Bertha's Revenge Navy Strength Gin. A high ABV gin that is bottled at 57.1% (please note that this percent may vary slightly during batches) whereby the botanicals have been arranged to pronounce spicier notes.
Serving suggestion: We recommend sipping this gin over ice or why not try in a gimlet!
ABV: 57.1% | €42.00
Since 2010, Edinburgh Gin has been busy as a small-batch distillery, making a wide range of dynamic gins for every occasion. This expression is bright and bold in both flavour and colour. Lots of sweet, succulent fresh strawberries are perfectly balanced by a wisp of pink peppercorn to give a lovely warmth to this gin liqueur.
Serving suggestion: Try it on its own, over ice or why not add it to some bubbles with a leaf of basil for a decadent treat!
ABV: 20% | €23.00
Based upon an older style of gin, the Old Tom, which was popular in the 18th century and has since begun to see a resurgence in recent years. Dodd’s Old Tom Gin stays true to this older style of gin which is traditionally sweeter than London Dry gins and older Genevers. Sweetened with liquorice root in the botanical mix for sweetness and a luscious mouthfeel and packed full of juniper, citrus and rounded spice notes. A fantastic treat for National Gin and Tonic or any day really!
Serving suggestion: Makes a superlative Martini or works superbly paired with your tonic of choice, garnished with fresh lime.
ABV: 46% | €44.00
Made in small batches using the purest 100% English Grain Spirit, Langley's No.8 Distilled London Gin is hand crafted specifically to let the eight selected botanicals do the talking. An old-fashioned gin at heart. Smooth with just the right amount of alcoholic taste and botanicals to allow that classic gin flavour to take the centre stage and shine.
Serving suggestion: Makes a fantastic Dry Martini when paired with a good Vermouth and also a wickedly good Gin and Tonic they call a 'G&B'.
ABV: 41.7% | €41.99
If all this reading made you thirsty, then be sure to check out our full range of gins on Irish Drink Shop.
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