Gin as we know it today has derived from a Middle Ages herbal medicine. Made from juniper berries which give it its signature taste, it has the potential to benefit sufferers of aches, gout and digestion difficulties.
Manifestations of gin-based cocktails include Old Etonian and Singapore Sling. James Bond, in Fleming’s original Casino Royale, orders a Vesper (another gin cocktail), not his signature martini.
By far the simplest way to serve gin is with its popular companion, tonic.
1. Gin needs to be cold. The colder it is, the more intense the flavour. So use a chilled glass, ram it full of ice and trickle the gin over the ice-cubes for a fuller taste.
2. Tonic fizz improves the drink. Bubbles travelling through the gin improve the flavour further, so take care when adding tonic to your glass. The trick is to get the tonic to the bottom of the glass, and some professionals would recommend pouring the tonic down the a spiral-handled spoon. As that’s a bit tricky, try tilting the glass slightly and slowly pouring the tonic down the side of the glass. Don’t be tempted to stir the drink too rigorously either – a quick dip and flick will start the bubbles rising and they’ll do the rest.
3. Lime is the perfect accompaniment. Before cutting, roll your lime backwards and forwards on a flat surface, pressing firmly (but not too hard) with the palm of your hand. You’ll release citrus oils and juices, for a real kick to your G&T. Remove the ends and then slice your lime into wedges to garnish your glass.
Now, just add friends.
Please drink responsibly.