Gin is no longer just a drink that your grandfather sips on a Sunday afternoon. It’s hit the big time, and cocktail menus across the country are incorporating the spirit into their creations in a race to see who can come top of the gin craze.
The booming popularity of the gin based cocktail in cities such as Madrid and London is surging sales, despite the gloomy unemployment prospects in Spain.
The spirit, made with juniper berries, is re-appearing in many forms. The French 75 cocktails has seen a come back, which combines gin and champagne, after it’s invention in World War One.
According to data from research group Nielsen, in the UK gin sales are growing at 12% in pubs, bars and restaurants, and by 5% in the shops.
The popularity of more expensive brands is particularly strong, and brands such as Gordon’s and Hendrick’s have made a come back.
We are strong supporters of the ‘gineration’ here at Bring a Bottle, and to celebrate this revival we are sharing our own secret gin cocktail recipe for you to try at home this weekend
10 large sprigs tarragon
2 lemons, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup gin (preferably Gordon’s)
3/4 cup elderflower liqueur
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 can of tonic water
Mix tarragon sprigs, lemon slices, and sugar in a large pitcher. Add the gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and tonic water. Add ice and stir to combine. Serve over ice in and enjoy in the sunshine.